A major University of Oxford genetics research centre that supports Oxford BRC research is to share £118m of new funding.
Global medical research funding charity Wellcome has announced funding for The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics.
The aim of the centre is to advance understanding of health and disease, and span fundamental and social sciences, humanities, clinical research and engineering.
The centre has been based in Oxford for 22 years and has played a pioneering role in the progress and success of human disease genetics and mechanism research.
The renewal of Wellcome funding will enable it to continue to exploit human genetics and uncover disease biology, improving human healthcare through the development of more precise diagnostic tests and preventative or therapeutic interventions.
Prof Matthew Wood, Associate Head of Research at the Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, said: “One of the great strengths of research at the University of Oxford is the number of world-class researchers working in close proximity, creating unrivalled opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
“This significant investment in Oxford demonstrates the importance of the research being carried out here, which is constantly expanding our knowledge of science and health, and raising the quality of medical care globally.”
Wellcome’s Director Dr Jeremy Farrar said: “Wellcome Centres play a special role in the global research ecosystem. By creating places where researchers can flourish we can catalyse world-leading research and translation, and amplify its influence and impact.
“At Wellcome we believe in long term support for discovery-driven science, and Wellcome Centres are an outstanding environment for researchers to further our understanding of fundamental biology, accelerate translation to clinical practice, and explore the social and cultural context of medicine.”