The new centre aims to challenge the dominance of the ‘golden triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge in health and medical research, and encourage a more diverse and inclusive approach to healthcare research and development.
Professor Shakur continued: “There are significant health inequalities in Brighton & Hove and across the south-east, particularly in coastal communities. By taking a different approach and working closely with local partners at all stages, the University of Brighton is contributing towards the creation of healthier and fairer communities for everyone.
“Our aim is to move away from the traditional ‘one-drug-fits-all’ and ‘one-dose-fits-all’ approach that we know is ineffective for many patients. Our collective expertise in genomic medicine, human biology and stem cell modelling, together with our experience in collaborating with industry and health providers, means that we have the tools we need to make a tangible difference to patients through individually tailored treatments and techniques."
Richard Hebdon, Director for Health and Life Sciences, Innovate UK, said: “We recognise the great role that UK universities play in carrying out fundamental research and translational activities and helping to take forward those great ideas into the healthcare products and services of tomorrow.”
Professor Bola Owolabi, Director – National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme, NHS England, said: “Healthcare inequalities are one of the major barriers facing underserved communities including ethnic minority populations, inclusion health groups and people living in areas of deprivation.
“Precision medicine is a powerful tool in meeting the healthcare needs of under-represented population groups, and it has the potential to make a real difference to patient outcomes. Research facilities in areas known to experience inequalities in access, experience and outcomes, such as coastal towns, is a great step towards achieving our vision of exceptional quality healthcare for all.”
Professor Rusi Jaspal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) of the University of Brighton, said: "The research we do at the University of Brighton is focused on making positive changes to the world around us and tackling global challenges. By bringing together world-leading researchers and medical practitioners, we are playing a key role in driving forward public health research and developing new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.”