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Charity cash goes towards centre

A leading heart charity is handing over £7.6m to establish a new research centre.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is setting up a centre of research excellence at the University of Edinburgh in a move which will see the money distributed over the next six years.

The cash is part of a £34m investment by the charity to establish four such centres across Britain.

Scientists hailed the joint project with the university as providing a "major boost" to the fight against heart disease - the UK's biggest killer.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: "This investment will create a new generation of world-class researchers to lead the fight against heart disease over the coming decades."

"Many of the advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease available today are the result of past research undertaken in the UK."

The charity hopes the project will act as a "beacon" to attract the best young scientists, who will work to find ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart and circulatory disease.

Professor John Mullins, director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at Edinburgh University, said: "The funding will provide a major boost to our cutting-edge research."

The British Heart Foundation

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