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New research unit at Cork hospital to create 10 jobs

The facility will give local patients the opportunity to take part in clinical trials of new treatments.

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A NEW RESEARCH unit at a Cork hospital will create 10 jobs and bring benefits to patients in the area, authorities have said.

The Clinical Research Facility at the Mercy University Hospital in the city will focus on improving treatments for cancer, heart disease, bowel disorders and nutrition.

Patients locally will gain the option to take part in clinical trials of new therapies and the most modern treatments, according to a statement from the Health Research Board which is co-funding the unit along with University College Cork.

The facility was opened by health minister James Reilly yesterday. He said: “This is an important day for Cork and the country as a whole. This facility will provide a way for clinicians and key partners to test innovative therapies, techniques and products to the benefit of patients.”

Research already planned for the unit includes work on the effects of certain dietary elements on circulation; a link between thyroid treatment and heart disease; and an investigation into asthma among athletes.

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