October 2019

The Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology

A new multimillion-pound research institute that will maximise the Oxford Road Corridor academic strengths in digital health and advanced materials to discover innovative health and care solutions is being launched by a consortium, led by The University of Manchester.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with our partners to exploit the Universitys strengths in digital health and advanced materials to make a real difference to the health and economic development of Greater Manchester”.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

The centre will be called The Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology. The name celebrates Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a driving force behind one of the most significant social reforms of the 20th century and demonstrates the University’s commitment to redress the underrepresentation of women and other groups in science and academic leadership through its equality, diversity and inclusion action plan.

The Institute is being launched following a £5million award from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Local Growth Fund and is part of an ambitious plan set out to boost the city-region’s provision in this area. The consortium is made up of the University, Manchester Science Partnerships, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and Health Innovation Manchester.

The aim of the collaboration is to capitalise on the Oxford Road Corridor strengths in digital health and advanced materials and develop innovative products and services for the health care sector. In turn this will drive business growth and employment as well as boost the long-term health benefits of the city-region.

The institute will be housed in a flagship building at the centre of the University’s campus on the Oxford Road Corridorand will play a critical role in pulling innovations through from basic research to market ready products and services, which can then be accelerated into clinical use through Greater Manchester’s devolved health and care system and established innovation pathway.