The GSK Clinical Imaging Centre will use and advance the latest technologies in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). GSK will invest a further 16 million in the latest PET and MRI imaging equipment. The Imaging Centre will be part of a new 60m research development by Imperial College, on the former Burlington Danes school site adjoining Hammersmith Hospital, to be completed by 2006.
Imperial's Hammersmith campus was selected for the new development as it is already home to a considerable concentration of imaging expertise and many of the world's leading experts in imaging technology. The land has been made available by the Charity Trustees of Hammersmith Hospitals who acquired the site in 1999.
Existing expertise includes staff from the Medical Research Council's Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London, and the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. In addition Hammersmith Hospital has long been at the forefront of clinical trials. The new development will build on this strong foundation to create a global centre of medical imaging excellence.
The agreement is one of the world's largest industry-university collaborations in financial terms, and will very substantially increase the research base in medical imaging in the UK. The UK Government welcomed the investment in UK science. Lord Sainsbury Minister for Science and Innovation said:
"The new cli
Contact: Tony Stephenson
Imperial College London