U.K. biomeds net $28M in grants for nutrition, respiratory research

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The U.K. government has awarded $28 million to the Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research (SCBR) for nutrition and respiratory research, securing the future of the center for the next five years.

The money will be split between two teams at the SCBR, which is a joint venture between Southampton University Hospital's National Health Service (NHS) Trust and the University of Southampton, according to a statement. The teams received the funding after showing how poor nutrition in childhood can lead to chronic illness in adulthood. They also proved that a child’s chances of developing respiratory problems depend on how well the child develops at various stages in the womb.

As part of a larger, record investment in the NHS, the U.K. government is seeking to help foster development of new medicines and treatments, according to a statement from British Prime Minister David Cameron.