Selly Oak MP officially opens Birmingham City University’s new research centre

Written by on March 11, 2019

SELLY OAK MP Steve McCabe has officially opened a new university research centre which will carry out dedicated studies into a range of areas spanning sport and life sciences.

Mr McCabe visited Birmingham City University’s City South Campus to formally open the Research Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LaSS) which will give academics access to a range of new facilities to support their work.

Research at the centre will focus on genetics, including epigenetics, microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics as well as sport and exercise nutrition, sports therapy, sports psychology, exercise science and school sport.

Mr McCabe enjoyed a tour of the university’s state-of-the-art facilities including specialist biomedical science, sport and exercise science laboratories, as well as hearing presentations from researchers on diabetes, exercise science and microbiology.

Mr McCabe marked the occasion with the cutting of a cake and said: “I’m delighted to be here today to open the new Centre for Life and Sport Sciences.

“It seems to me that an interdisciplinary approach to research is vital to pool expertise, share knowledge and resource.

“This kind of research, into diabetes and physical activity to name just two examples, will have a genuine impact on people. Lives may be changed in future by the work of this research centre, and I think this kind of work, this centre, is exactly what Birmingham needs.”

The visit formed part of the Royal Society MP Pairing Scheme, which gives policymakers and researchers an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds by pairing up researchers, parliamentarians and civil servants.

Loukia Tsaprouni, Reader in Health Sciences at Birmingham City University, said: “We are thrilled to open this new research centre that will focus on delivering high quality multidisciplinary research in health.

“There is already some excellent research being produced in this field and it is an exciting step for the university to launch a dedicated research centre for Life and Sport Sciences.”

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