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Research pooling

Research funding

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A new Scottish research collaboration centre has been established and equipped with the power to look inside viruses, the BBC reports.

The Scottish Centre for Macromolecular Imaging (SCMI) is a collaboration between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews universities.

Its JEOL Cryo ARM 300 electron microscope, which will help researchers better understand the biological processes behind diseases like cancer in greater detail, is the first of its kind in Scotland and one of only a handful worldwide.

SFC has committed £100,000 towards SCMI over five years. Funding has also come from the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of £11.3m government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance, the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and the MJM Smith Trust.

SFC’s Interim Chief Executive John Kemp said: “This investment into a world-class collaborative scientific facility supports Scotland’s contribution to the global battle against significant diseases, and SFC’s strategic aim of advancing world-leading research in Scotland.”

“This collaboration between four of our universities builds on Scotland’s distinctive research pooling structure to ensure that this facility is used to its full capacity, by researchers across the country. SFC encourages the use of resources in this shared way and we look forward to the insights that this powerful instrument and SCMI will bring.”

The University of Glasgow will host the microscope by joint-agreement as its existing facilities offer the most suitable home.

Read more on the BBC website.