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New £7.8M research facility for healthy ageing

The Babraham Institute has opened a new £7.8M cutting-edge research building yesterday, uniting all of the Institute's academic research groups under one roof to help find answers to complex challenges, such as healthy ageing. The Institute, which celebrates its sixty-fifth anniversary this year at the forefront of life sciences research in the UK, receives strategic support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), underpinning government's national responsibilities for life sciences research and training.

The building was officially opened by Professor Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of BBSRC. He said: "BBSRC makes a significant investment in the Babraham Institute as part of its strategy to ensure the UK delivers innovative, world-class bioscience research and training, delivering social and economic benefit for the UK and the rest of the world.

Professor Douglas Kell and Professor Michael Wakelam. Image: The Babraham Institute
Professor Douglas Kell and Professor Michael Wakelam. Image: The Babraham Institute

"The co-location of wet and dry research in this impressive new building will enable greater interplay between the new computational biology research groups and the excellent existing research base at Babraham. This facility will drive forward our understanding of the basic bioscience underpinning lifelong health and ageing."

As lifespans increase and society ages, understanding ageing and how to stay healthier for longer is a research priority worldwide. Babraham scientists are studying biological processes, such as developmental regulation in the womb, cell signalling processes and diseases at the molecular and cellular levels, to gain a greater understanding of how our bodies change during normal ageing, what this tells us about the process of age-related disorders, and how the period of healthy ageing could be extended.

Professor Michael Wakelam, Director of the Babraham Institute said, "The opening of our new building heralds a new era in Babraham's research as we celebrate the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Institute this year. The appointment of new research scientists in computational biology and the integration of all our research laboratories in one contiguous building will enable greater interaction between 'wet' and 'dry' science. We hope that this will facilitate more cross-talk between our research communities, bringing new insight to the process of normal ageing and enabling the application of this knowledge to age-related disease."


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