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Exercise that makes you well gets £7 million funding boost

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Loughborough University will receive over £7 million from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund that will see it strengthen its position as a leader in sports and exercise medicine research and accelerate the translation of research to patient care.

The funding will help the University build new collaborative and sustainable research capacity in sport and exercise medicine across its engineering, technology and sport science disciplines, and will support the initiation stage of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) - a multi-partner project across the East Midlands.

Catalyst funding will enable Loughborough to make key new appointments including senior academic posts in rehabilitative medicine, healthcare technologies and regenerative medicine, and a series of new PhD posts for clinicians.

It will also fund a team of translational scientists and a marketing specialist to disseminate and deploy research findings into the clinical community, to achieve a rapid rise in understanding of the potential of sport and exercise medicine for patients.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Myra Nimmo said: 

“This funding will benefit directly the East Midlands National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine through our existing partnership, and the wider national patient groups through the national network.

“It will enhance our ability at Loughborough to draw on expertise within our strong engineering and technology disciplines, and use it in our sport and health research. This will ultimately lead to new approaches to patient care, disease management and prevention.”

Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

“Loughborough University is a leader in sports education and research. This funding will enable the University to further develop its strengths in sports research and medicine with local and national benefits. This project demonstrates that universities are playing a significant part in the extending Olympic legacy.”

Loughborough’s successful bid was led by Professor Nimmo, Fidelma Hannah, Jon Walker and Reuben Srinivasan.