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Opening of new Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM)

Posted on 11 September 2013

C2D2 sponsors opening event for new multi-million pound Research Centre supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM) held its official opening on the 11th of September 2013.

The new, purpose-built facility on York Science Park was opened by Sir William Castel, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust.

CHyM is a University of York Research Centre which is developing technology which could increase the sensitivity of hospital Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans by up to 200,000 times.

The project has gained over £12m investment from the Wellcome Trust, Bruker Biospin, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University. It combines the world class expertise of research scientists from the University’s departments of Chemistry, Psychology and Biology as well as the Hull York Medical School.

Sir William Castell delivered a public lecture entitled ‘a new lexicon of medicine, how our understanding of the human body has been transformed through the application of engineering’ in the National Science Learning Centre before unveiling the Centre’s plaque.

In addition to the public lecture, a scientific meeting to discuss the underpinning science was held. Here, lectures by the Centre’s Director, Prof. Simon Duckett, Co-Director, Prof Gary Green , Prof. Jurgen Hennig (University Hospital Freiburg) and Prof. Hugh Perry (University of Southampton) were given to an audience of academics, industrialists and university students.

The meetings included live demonstrations of the equipment required to carry out CHyM’s research, scientific posters detailing the principles and applications of these findings and an exhibition of posters aimed at communicating CHyM’s research to a lay audience.

The event was well attended by industrialists, including representatives from the Wellcome Trust, Bruker Biospin, Smith and Nephew, and Covance, colleagues from the University of York, and members of the general public.

The event was sponsored by the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2), Bruker Biospin and the University of York.

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