Princess opens centre with focus on stem cell research

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A NEW research centre to find treatments for major diseases has been opened by the Princess Royal.

The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine based at Edinburgh’s BioQuarter will house scientists looking at conditions such as multiple sclerosis and heart and liver disease.

They will carry out cutting-edge stem cell research to help find therapies for patients with conditions including Parkinson’s disease. The £54 million building is the first large-scale, purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK. It is funded by Edinburgh University, Scottish Enterprise, the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the British Heart Foundation.

The Princess Royal opened the building yesterday in her role as chancellor of the university.

Professor Charles Ffrench-Constant, director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, said: “Recent research into stem cells has heralded the beginning of a revolution in modern medicine.”