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Blood and transplant patients get research backing

The National Institute for Health Research will invest £12m in three Blood and Transplant Research Units to support the needs of donors and patients.

The units will run as partnerships between a university and NHS Blood and Transplant. A unit at the University of Cambridge will study donor health and genomics. A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Newcastle University will study organ donation and transplantation. A unit based at University College London will look at stem cells and immunotherapies.

Sally Davies, chief medical officer, said that the Department of Health wanted researchers to explore ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of blood and organ donations as well as stem cell and genomics technologies.

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