Independent Councillor William McCandless has welcomed the news that a world-class Biomedical Sciences Facility was launched today to allow further groundbreaking research into diabetes, nutrition, vision science, pharmaceutical science and genomics from the Coleraine campus.
The Biomedical Sciences Research Institute received HERC funding of over £700,000 and has added new lab space and upgraded to state of the art equipment, creating a first for Ireland: the first multimodal biomolecular* imaging platform.
Additionally, five world-leading, international experts are joining the research team at Coleraine – leaders in diabetes therapeutics, metabolic and cardiovascular medicine -thanks to these enhanced facilities, coupled with Ulster University’s strong research profile in nutrition, diabetes, vision, cancer therapeutics, pharmaceutical sciences and agri-food research.
In a statement, he said "The announcement by Gordon Lyons of a Biomedical Sciences facility being sited at Coleraine campus Ulster University is extremely positive news for the area.
"For the past few years local DEA councillors and MLA’s have been concerned at the courses which have been removed from the Coleraine campus to Belfast and Londonderry.
"This announcement shows confidence in the Coleraine campus and with this state of the art centre focusing on areas concerning nutrition, diabetes, cancer and vision it will have a real impact on improvement to patients well being.
"It is vitally important for our local elected representatives to keep lobbying for further development to the Coleraine campus and ensure its continued presence.