World-leading Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE)

World-leading Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE)

Issued: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 BST

ICE opens in March 2017, aiming to become a global centre of excellence for precision medicine.  ICE brings together world-leading research, cutting edge technology and international business investment under one roof.  And will act as a hub for translating science into economic and patient benefit for Glasgow, Scotland and the UK.

Facilities

  • Scotland’s first ultra-powerful 17.5 tonne, £10m 7T MRI scanner (the first of its kind in a clinical setting in the UK).
  • a 22,000sq-foot Clinical Innovation Zone, a space dedicated to biomedical companies (which has already attracted Siemens and SMEs from Germany and Singapore)
  • a multi-disciplinary research space for clinical academics, medical physicists, engineers and neuroscientists.
  • four NHS neurosurgery theatres
  • a physical location next to the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre and within the the largest hospital campus in Europe (QEUH).

See inside the Imaging Centre of Excellence

The project will bring 396 new high-value jobs to the city over a seven year period and has been independently assessed to contribute £88m to the local economy.‌

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, said: “ICE will be a world-leading example of a precision medicine centre, bringing together the key partners of the University of Glasgow, the NHS and industry together to further clinical research and ultimately bring economic and patient benefits not only for Glasgow, but to the whole of Scotland.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s most innovative cities – with both a proud history and a bright future in life sciences and new technologies.”

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The opening of this new building is a further step in the collaboration between the NHS and the University of Glasgow to provide world-leading research and cutting edge technology which will benefits patients across Scotland and beyond.”

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “The opening of ICE, and what it will achieve in terms of medical science, is not only a reflection of Glasgow’s position as one of the world’s great research-intensive universities, but also its wider strategic vision to embed new technologies, transform the way we work and bring economic benefit to our community.”

UK Government minister Andrew Dunlop said: “The UK Government in investing £16 million in this imaging centre of excellence. It will provide ground-breaking medical research facilities for clinical researchers and companies developing new products, generating jobs and growing Glasgow’s economy.”

Project funding

ICE Building supported by

  • £16m from the Medical Research Council and Glasgow City Region City Deal

7T MRI scanner, 3T MRI scanner and CT scanner supported by

  • £10m UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF)
  • £3.5m The Sackler Trust and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
  • £2.3m European Regional Development Funding (ERDF)
  • £800,000 The Wolfson Foundation

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