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Plans for the new centre
Plans for the new centre
Professor Roy Jones
Professor Roy Jones

Internal News - 27 March 2007

Work starts on research centre for older people in Bath

After 21 years at St Martin’s Hospital, the Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly (RICE), linked to the School for Health, will today celebrate the start of work on its new research centre which will be based at the Royal United Hospital (RUH).

The new research centre will be the only one in the South West designed specifically to undertake research into the problems faced by older people. New areas of research will be possible at the centre, which will be over twice the size of the original centre and close to the older people’s services at the RUH.

RICE is a centre of excellence in the Alzheimer’s Research Trust network, an internationally recognised research unit and is involved in the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium. The centre will be the home for the SW Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Local Research Network that has been established in collaboration with the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust with Professor Roy Jones, Director of RICE, as the clinical lead.

Professor Jones said: “This is a very special day for RICE. After overcoming many delays we look forward to being in the new centre in December with far better facilities for our patients, their families and carers as well as our staff. We have raised £1.7 million of the £1.95 million we need for the building and I am most grateful for the gifts we have received from our supporters, local companies and trusts.”

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