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Construction has started on a new £16m Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Scotland.

The University of Glasgow clinical imaging centre is aimed at improving the treatment of stroke, cardiovascular and brain diseases.

The centre will have various imaging technology, including a £7m 7 Tesla MRI scanner, allowing scientists to conduct new clinical research.

For this project, funding was provided from the UK government through the Medical Research Council as part of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley city deal.

Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, the new ICE is expected to boost the local economy by £65m over the next decade and create more than 200 jobs.

The Imaging Centre of Excellence will also provide clinical research facilities, which will be unique in the UK.

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"Personalised medicine helps clinicians deliver the right therapy to the right patient at the right time to deliver the most effective care possible, tailored to their needs."

University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences head Anna Dominiczak said: "The ICE is a major addition to the University of Glasgow’s expertise in the field of personalised medicine, following the establishment of the £20m university-led Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre in 2013.

"Personalised medicine helps clinicians deliver the right therapy to the right patient at the right time to deliver the most effective care possible, tailored to their needs.

"Patients will be present onsite, with the building design accommodating acute stroke patients arriving by ambulance, day-care patients and healthy volunteers, via three dedicated entrances.

"The creation of an internationally competitive centre located within a university hospital campus, and incorporating NHS, academic and industry partners, will allow Glasgow to support a much greater volume and variety of clinical trials and translational development."

ICE will have a range of imaging technologies that allows scientists to carry out new clinical research.

The 7 Tesla is an ultra-high resolution scanner, which will allow the development of advanced diagnostic imaging methodologies for use in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging.

Medical Research Council chief executive professor Sir John Savill said: "New initiatives such as the Imaging Centre of Excellence in Glasgow are at the heart of the Medical Research Council’s role in fostering collaborations between scientists, industry and clinicians to rapidly translate high-quality research into benefits for society.

"The sum of this work is often greater than its parts. The ICE will create a catalyst for the sharing of resources, ideas and ways of working to transform the care and treatment for patients and boost economic growth across Scotland and the rest of the UK."

Image: Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson with professor Anna Dominiczak and vice-chancellor professor Anton Muscatelli. Photo: courtesy of University of Glasgow.