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New research centre in Bradford to host Covid-19 treatment trials

  • Dr Dinesh Saralaya, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Assistant Director of the BIHR

A major new research centre is to be set up in Bradford, which will enable patients to take part in cutting edge treatment trials.

The new Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC) will be based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and will include treatment trials for coronavirus.

The centre is one of five PRCs which are being set up across the country as part of a £7 million Government investment. The Bradford PRC will be the only one in Yorkshire.

Consultant Respiratory Physician and Assistant Director of the BIHR, Dr Dinesh Saralaya will be the director of the new PRC. He said:

The Bradford PRC is the only one to be set up in Yorkshire. Credit: PA

“This is great news for our Trust and the city of Bradford, which we now know as the ‘City of Research.’ Being selected from a shortlist of over 35 trusts is simply a reflection of the hard work of all our research teams.

"The new PRC will enable the wider community in Bradford and Yorkshire access cutting edge new therapies for various chronic medical conditions.

“In the current climate of finding a cure for COVID-19, the PRC will be set up as a priority centre to deliver on the various treatment trials for the virus."

– Dr Dinesh Saralaya

The new centre is being hosted by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It will enable local patients to take part in clinical research in which they will be able to access potentially cutting edge new drugs and treatments before they become widely available within the NHS.

The centre will also provide opportunities for patients across the region to access trials for potential treatments for COVID-19.

Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mel Pickup said:

The new research centre will be based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary Credit: PA

“In these most difficult of times, the race to create effective treatments for COVID-19 is of critical national importance.

"I am delighted that Bradford Teaching Hospitals will be making a significant contribution to that and that the people of Bradford and the wider region will have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

– Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mel Pickup

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