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Cambridge scientists set for £100m windfall to find new cures

Research funding is heading to Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Doctors and scientists in Cambridge will be given more £114 million to research new medical treatments for the NHS.

The money will fund projects looking into issues such as mental health, dementia and antibiotic resistance.

It is part of a record £816 million investment in NHS research announced by the health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Funding has been awarded to 20 hospital and university partnerships across England.

Mr Hunt said: "The UK has so often led the world in health research - from the invention of the smallpox vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA sequencing.

"Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine.

"We are supporting the great minds of the NHS to push the frontiers of medical science so that patients in this country continue to benefit from the very latest treatments and the highest standards of care."

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Families encouraged to donate organs in latest campaign

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

A daughter from Cambridgeshire is encouraging families to talk about donating their organs, saying the grief she felt when her mum died was eased by knowing others would benefit from her death.

Alison Moore from Chatteris says she's glad she had a conversation with her mum about the subject before she passed away.

Now she's backing the national Organ Donation Week, as figures show 90% of families agree to organ donation if the issue has been discussed.

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Chair of Cambridge Hospitals trust steps down

Jane Ramsey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The chair of Cambridge University Hospitals has tonight announced she's leaving her role.

Jane Ramsey has been in charge of the trust which runs Addenbrooke's for the last four years.

She will now step down at the end of October to focus on other ventures.

Miss Ramsey said it had been a 'privilege' to lead the trust.

It has been a privilege to lead Cambridge University Hospitals over the last four years.

CUH provides outstanding care with fantastic staff and excellent patient outcomes.

I am delighted that Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals had their ratings improved in February and that the regulators recognised the improvements we have made.

– Jane Ramsey, Chair, CUH Foundation Trust
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