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Manchester seeks the world's top medical research pioneers

Manchester aims to be the source of major advances in medical research during the next decade, following an unprecedented drive to recruit some of the world's top academics.

The city's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), run by Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Manchester, has announced the recruitment of 12 new academic chairs.

Based at the University and carrying out clinical work at the Trust, the 12 professors will be recruited in the fields of: Paediatrics Bone Metabolism Reproductive Medicine Renal Medicine Maternal and Fetal Health Vascular Medicine Hearing Cardiology Chemical Pathology Lipids/Obesity Dentistry Pharmacology Manchester gained BRC status from the National Institute for Health Research in March 2008. It is one of 12 elite national NHS and University partnerships at the forefront of translating biomedical research into new treatments, drugs and technologies for patients. The BRC also has the support of Manchester City Council and the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), plus leading healthcare businesses including AstraZeneca, Renovo and GlaxoSmithKline, and other partners such as the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

BRC Director Prof Phil Bake commented "We are looking for some exceptional clinical academics to take up these new posts, and help Manchester achieve its ambition to be a world-class centre for clinical research and excellence. The BRC can offer all the technical support and facilities they will need to deliver major research programmes, working as part of a close-knit team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and scientists."

Head of the School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences at the University, Prof Tony Freemont, added: "Manchester has a tremendous track record for medical research. By combining the outstanding quality and breadth of research activity within the UK's largest university with the excellent clinical skills and knowledge of Trust staff, we are building a partnership that will make a huge difference to patient care and treatment over the next few years."

For more information about the academic chairs, please contact Saxton Bampfylde at www.saxbam.com/jobs, +44 (0) 1483 409 713.