Date: 13 September 2017
The new Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) based at St James's University Hospital in Leeds, officially opened on Friday 8 September.
The RIC is home to the Leeds office of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Yorkshire and Humber as well as the research team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Julian Hartley, the trust’s chief executive, said the location of the new centre, near the main entrance to the site, “puts Research and Innovation at our front door, making an important statement about our strategic intentions.”
He added: "Research, Innovation and Education are fundamental to our goals and strategy. It is well-evidenced that where hospitals are active in research, patients get better treatment and this new facility will help us consolidate and improve our impressive performance in clinical trials and other vital research."
The day before the official opening, the RIC threw open its doors to trust staff, patients and members of the public.
It was a great opportunity to look around the new centre, with its award-winning garden, and find out more about clinical research.
The CRN had a stand on both days, attracting interest from a wide spectrum of people involved in research.
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