Leading researchers at hospitals in Leeds have been boosted by a £7million Government grant.
The funds come as part of an £816m investment in NHS research – the largest ever into groundbreaking UK studies – announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTH) will use it to fund work focusing on preventing inflammatory diseases like arthritis and perfecting therapy for osteoarthritis at the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU).
Julian Hartley, chief executive of the trust, described the funding announcement as “fantastic news for Leeds”.
He said: “This funding will ensure we continue to be at the forefront of musculoskeletal research in the UK and internationally.”
The LMBRU, which is a partnership between LTH and the University of Leeds, is the only dedicated musculoskeletal biomedical research centre in the UK. Its new funding will come into force in April 2017.
Previous grants have helped the unit conduct research that established ultrasound imaging to be more sensitive than standard assessment tools for both join inflammation and damage in arthritis patients.
The findings, which deemed ultrasound a more accessible and economic tool, have led to its use more widely among patients.
The Health Secretary added: “Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine.”