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New Inflammation Research Centre

21 June 2011

The Centre for Molecular & Cellular Biology of Inflammation at King’s was officially opened last week by Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, and Professor Silman, Medical Director of Arthritis Research UK.

 The two charities funded the development of the Centre, which looks specifically at the biology of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

The Centre will explore new avenues in the understanding and treatment of inflammation and its associated pathologies, developing and exploiting cutting-edge models and tools. A major focus of the Centre is to investigate the function of individual cells and molecules in situ, in real time, within living tissues.

Following a tour of the new laboratory facilities, Professor Frederic Geissman who leads the Centre, gave an inaugural lecture to mark the occasion. Upon opening the Centre he said: ‘I am excited about what we can achieve here. This is great news for science, for patients, and for the UK.’

Peter Hewitt  of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity said: ‘As a catalyst for health and healthcare improvement, focussing on Lambeth and Southwark, the Charity is pleased to have supported the creation of this Centre , which will focus on research into the pathogenesis of inflammation, with potential benefits to our local patients, and indeed globally.

‘May I convey the Charity’s warmest congratulations to the Centre and all the people who have helped make this a reality and I look forward with confidence to hearing of your groundbreaking findings in the future.'

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