A new diabetes research centre is to be built in Dundee, Scotland, after a major fundraising campaign for the facility generated more money than expected.
The Diabetes Research Campaign was launched in 2007 to help support studies into the cause and treatment of diabetes at the University of Dundee.
It has now come to an end after exceeding its £3 million fundraising target by £500,000. In addition to the £3.5million raised by fundraisers, a further £11million has been secured through follow-on funding.
The money will go towards building a world-class Diabetes Translational Research Institute in Dundee, which will be used to translate basic science in the laboratory into better treatment for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Funds will also be directed at improving clinical research facilities at the city’s Ninewells Hospital and Medical School and Perth Royal Infirmary.
Dr Rory McCrimmo, who leads a type 1 diabetes research team at the University of Dundee, said: “Until we do find the cure – which is very much a when and not an if – we are passionate about developments in treatments which minimise the complications for people who have type 1 diabetes.”
“We are proud that, with research projects like this, Scotland is fast becoming the centre for research into type 1 diabetes .
Michael Archibald, Chairman of the campaign, thanked those who gave “their time, effort and money towards diabetic research in Tayside.
“Everyone has helped us achieve a goal that required a tremendous community effort and as a diabetic I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for their interest in what is still a very worrying and difficult condition,” he added.

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