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A look back at 2016

It’s been a busy year for the East Midlands hub of the NCSEM – here’s a few of our highlights from the past 12 months.

International Olympic Committee research centre status

The NCSEM was officially recognised as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health – one of just nine around the world. To celebrate this, a special plaque was unveiled at the East Midlands hub this summer by Andrew Honyeman, Head of Olympic and Paralympic Legacy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Read more.

£11m Biomedical Research Centre funding

A regional consortium comprising three NCSEM-EM partners was awarded a slice of the UK’s largest ever investment into health research earlier this year. The consortium featuring Loughborough University and the University of Leicester, and led by University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust, will receive over £11m to establish a Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) focusing on cardiovascular, respiratory and lifestyle conditions. Read more.

East Midlands hub opened by Sir Steve Redgrave

Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave officially opened the NCSEM-EM building at Loughborough University this October. Guests at the event were welcomed with speeches from Loughborough University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison and Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, followed by a showcase of research and clinical activity in the building. Read more.

Facts and figures

Over 6,300 patient treatments

The NCSEM-EM has delivered over 6,300 patient treatments during 2016 via 21 clinics including sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, and cardiac and pulmoary rehabilitation.

Clinical PhD studentships

Six clinical PhDs have started this year with research projects covering a range of areas including physical activity in respiratory health, reducing sedentary behaviour in cancer patients, treatment of chronic tendinopathy, and potential tailored exercise therapy for COPD patients.

Public engagement

Around 800 people have attended our public engagement events this year including a programme of public lectures, a dementia awareness day, and diabetes awareness events in Leicestershire.

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