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Centre will make Manchester world-beater in health research

18 Jun 2008

The University of Manchester and six Greater Manchester NHS trusts will today launch a new strategic partnership in a bid to become one of the world’s leading centres in health research.

Professor Alan North has been appointed Director of the new Manchester AHSC
Professor Alan North has been appointed Director of the new Manchester AHSC

The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) will provide a shared vision and strategy for health research in Greater Manchester and establish a number of world-class research programmes in the city region by 2014.

The announcement of the launch will be made today (Wednesday, 18 June) at the NHS Confederation Conference in Manchester by Bryan Stoten, NHS Confederation Chair.

Manchester AHSC will also deliver:

-         A collective brand and image for health research in Greater Manchester.

-         A framework for sustained excellence in the quality of research activity.

-         A world-class platform of research infrastructure.

-         Increased success in securing major research funding.

-         Rapid dissemination of research findings into practice.

-         The development of the next generation of researchers.

-         Simplification and streamlining of decision-making and administration.

The Manchester AHSC will be based on a federal model and is the first Academic Health Science Centre in the UK to cover the full spectrum of care – acute, specialist, mental health, primary care and commissioning.

£100 million a year is currently invested in health research in Greater Manchester – but by co-ordinating and channelling clinical and academic research strengths under one umbrella the partners will be able to secure more investment from industry, government and charitable bodies and rapidly develop their ambitions. 

Professor Alan North, Dean of the University’s Medical and Human Sciences, has been appointed Director of the new Centre. He said: “Greater Manchester has a proud history of scientific achievement in health research based on a number of major strengths.

“Notwithstanding this proud history and current strengths there is growing evidence that the city region is not realising its full potential as a health research centre and opportunities exist for a more strategic focus in health research.

“The simple vision for Manchester AHSC is that by 2021 Greater Manchester will have become one of the world’s leading health research centres, attracting major inward investment and contributing substantially to innovation, enterprise and economic development in the Northwest region.”

The six partner NHS Trusts are Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospital Trust,  Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Salford Primary Care Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

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