QMUL and BH announce major new initiative in the Life Sciences


Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust (BH) announce plans for a major new centre for Life Sciences in Whitechapel, home to the Royal London Hospital and a campus of QMUL's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The initiative will be led by QMUL in partnership with BH, and will draw on our expertise in areas such as genomics, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – addressing important issues in population health that will benefit east London, the UK and well beyond.

The centre will benefit the diverse local population served by both the University and the Trust, in communities with substantial healthcare needs. Close partnership is also anticipated with other universities and NHS Trusts (including primary care providers), commercial companies (in the pharmaceutical and informatics industries), and charitable organisations.

Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal, QMUL, said: "We have an extraordinary opportunity to work with BH and other partners – both academic and commercial – to take new capabilities in the life sciences and convert them into tangible benefits for our local communities and well beyond. This multidisciplinary endeavour will draw on the University's key strengths and expertise in research and teaching, and combine with those of our partners to establish a translational medicine centre of international renown."

Alwen Williams, chief executive of Barts Health said: "The size and diversity of our population means we can effectively run global clinical trials locally. We have many of the world's population groups on our doorstep, in sufficient numbers to provide an unrivalled store of health information. Using Life Sciences disciplines with the expertise of our doctors and scientists, this gene pool can be explored for insights into why different types of people get sick in different ways."

The national and international impact of research performed in the new centre will be enhanced by the exceptionally strong transport links of the Whitechapel site, where QMUL will build new accommodation, on land it intends to purchase from the Trust. The development space (to be devoted to laboratories, offices and meeting spaces) will be approximately 40,000 m2.

Discussions continue between BH and QMUL on the joint development of the whole site (over 100,000 m2) for related activities covering the spectrum from research across to innovation, translation and clinical practice, and for residential accommodation for key workers, students, and researchers.


A full copy of the Joint statement of Intent from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health Trust (BH) is available on request.

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Notes to Editors

About Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK's leading universities, with 21,187 students from more than 155 countries.

A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research. In the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK amongst multi-faculty universities (REF 2014).

As well as our main site at Mile End – which is home to one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in London – we have campuses at Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square, and West Smithfield dedicated to medicine and dentistry, and a base for legal studies at Lincoln's Inn Fields.

We have a rich history in London with roots in Europe's first public hospital, St Barts; England's first medical school, The London; one of the first colleges to provide higher education to women, Westfield College; and the Victorian philanthropic project, the People's Palace at Mile End.

Today, as well as retaining these close connections to our local community, we are known for our international collaborations in both teaching and research.

QMUL has an annual turnover of nearly £400m, and generates employment and output worth in excess of £700m to the UK economy each year.

About Barts Health NHS Trust (BHT)

With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers. The Trust's five hospitals – St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East

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