The Bob Champion Research and Education Building opened on the Norwich Research Park in February 2015. The building is the result of the largest capital fundraising campaign the University has seen since 1963, raising a fantastic £2.2m through donations from individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporations.
The £19m building is managed by UEA in partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and provides state of the art laboratories for our research teams to undertake world class research into prostate cancer, antibiotic resistance disease, musculo-skeletal disease and gastrointestinal diseases. Through it, we aim to further UEA’s research standards (we are already the fourth highest cited UK University in terms of scientists) and ensure that the University stays at the forefront of medical research, both nationally and internationally.
The building also provides a simulated hospital environment and seminar rooms for the use of our medical students. Hospital clinicians working within the building alongside our research teams, whose research is focused on a large number of patients from the hospital, will provide the best chance of translational research – finding answers by studying real life clinical cases in an applied science environment.
Our teams are led by leading UEA researchers, including Professor Colin Cooper (part funded by the Big C charity) working on prostate cancer, and Professor Bill Fraser, leading the Norfolk Bone & Joint Centre, focusing on high profile metabolic bone diseases of the ageing local population.
The teaching facilities within the building ensure that UEA medical students will benefit academically and clinically from the expertise to be generated within the new facility. A crucial state of the art bio-bank facility is housed within the building and permits storage of up to a million DNA and tissue samples, which will enable to research to progress based on clinical outcomes.
The building is managed on behalf of UEA and the NNUH by the Dean of Norwich Medical School, Professor David Crossman, who said: “The Bob Champion Research and Education Building provides the much needed research space for our biological scientists, supports the strategic vision of the Norwich Research Park, underpins the future of the Medical School and also, through our collaborative planning with the NNUH, expands ward space through re-provision of clinical teaching space. It represents a win for all parties on the NRP, and also for the local community.”
All this has been made possible thanks to gifts and donations from philanthropic individuals, trusts and corporations. Our thanks go to the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, the Wolfson Foundation, Big C (cancer charity), The RC Snelling Charitable Trust, Action Arthritis, and the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity, among many other generous donors to this important cause. Thanks to their support, we have raised over £2.2m and have been able to establish this much needed facility.
The Bob Champion Research and Education Building is now fully functional and our next step is to continue the important research taking place inside it. Professor Alistair Watson is currently undertaking research into gastrointestinal disease, Professor Colin Cooper continues to work on the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, and Professor Bill Fraser is conducting research within the new Norwich Bone & Joint Centre into Osteoporosis and Paget’s Disease. The Difference Campaign continues to raise philanthropic support for the upkeep of facilities and the provision of staff within the building to ensure that this research continues to develop and produce world-leading results. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so using our secure online donation form.
For general enquires and room booking within the Bob Champion Research and Education Building please contact Reception on +44 (0)1603 287715