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Scotland: our new Imaging Centre of Excellence - with significant funding from the EU.

March 29, 2017

A European Union grant of £2.3m has helped to make possible the opening of the new Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. 


Scotland has a long history of excellence in science and medicine with our world class universities and ground breaking innovations such as the development of ultrasound and clinical MRI scanners, which have revolutionised modern medicine. 


Funding for the newly opening cutting edge 7 Tesla MRI scanner costing £10m (within the new £16m ICE at the QEUH) included a significant £2.3m via the European Regional Development Fund and is a joint venture between Glasgow University and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.


It is hoped this ultra high definition scanner will provide new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis. 


EU collaboration is a very significant factor for scientific and medical development and research in Scotland, with sharing of knowledge and mobility of skilled staff both key factors in bringing cutting edge technology to our country. Our universities and research institutions benefit greatly from several European Union funding resources. 


Brexit looks set to cut off funding from the Horizon 2020 programme run through the EU. Figures correct as of September 30th 2016 (UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) reveal that £2.2Bn worth of funding grants has already been awarded within the UK, with research organisations in Scotland receiving £248m in grants.


Brexit also threatens infrastructure via the European Regional Development Fund (which contributed to ICE )and in addition, scientists, clinicians and academics from across the EU face job and right-to-remain uncertainty. Securing their right to stay in Scotland is crucial to encouraging ongoing research. Further details of this can be found in the article below from the Royal Society here



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