World-leading Imaging Centre of Excellence officially opened in Glasgow

Issued: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:10:00 BST

See inside the Imaging Centre of Excellence

The University of Glasgow has officially opened its new £32M Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), which is home to Scotland’s first 7 Tesla (7T) MRI scanner.

To mark the opening of the ICE building and 7T MRI facility, a pre-Industry Day Imaging Symposium was held on 28 March at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, hosted by 7T Scientific Co-Chairs Professor Keith Muir, Dr Jozien Goense & Professor Lars Muckli.

The scientific symposium showcased recent developments in 7T MRI across a number of clinical and non-clinical applications and was scheduled to dovetail with the MVLS Industry Day/Opening Ceremony taking place the following day.

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.

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.

“The ICE isn’t about ivory tower research, it is about bringing world-leading clinical academics together with industry to collaborate and to create something that not only positively benefits patients, but also brings a meaningful economic benefit as well.”