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The University of Oxford together with two local NHS trusts have won £126.5 million to support medical research. The National Institute for Health Research funding includes the £113.7 million refunding of the existing University of Oxford/Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Trust Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). In addition, a further £12.8M was awarded for a new BRC specialising in mental health and dementia, run by the University and Oxford Health NHS Trust.

The refunded University/OUH BRC will include two major neuroscience themes ‘Stroke and Vascular Dementia’ led by Peter Rothwell and a new theme ‘Neurological Conditions’ led by Masud Husain. Robert Maclaren leads the ‘Surgical Innovation and Evaluation’ theme. Further themes cover research areas, including genomic medicine, imaging, clinical informatics and big data.

The University/Oxford Health BRC will be led by John Geddes and brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts from across the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry. The hub of the new centre will be based at Oxford Health's Warneford Hospital site.

The two BRCs will work closely together and with the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) Professor Sir John Bell, said 'The award of NIHR funding to Oxford’s BRCs is a great refection of the strengths of the Oxford AHSC partners, and will enable us to work together to address major healthcare challenges in areas such as chronic diseases, dementia and digital health.'

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