Cancer and Dementia Research Imaging Centre

Large scanners called MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) have revolutionised the detection and treatment of diseases including cancer and dementia. Cobalt will create a state-of-the-art MRI facility for research working with the Institute of Translational Medicine.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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MRI capacity to undertake research is severely restricted which greatly impedes the progress of research projects. Cobalt has been working with the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) to develop an MRI facility for research to improve patient diagnosis and treatments. The ITM has been established by a strategic alliance between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.


There is a need for MRI scanners for research. This will cost £1.4m for the equipment and a purpose designed building at a cost of £600,000. This service will utilise the very latest technology in order to support a wide range of research including cardiac, liver, oncology and neurosurgery. The facility will enable vital research to be undertaken and introduce the latest imaging techniques to benefit many patients.

  • For the first time clinicians and researchers will have access to state-of-the art MRI facilities for research to improve patient care across a broad range of conditions.

    — Professor Stuart Green

  • This new initiative is by far the most important of all Cobalt's previous investments in the scanning world and we are delighted to be part of this.

    — Clive Richards OBE

  • To date we have raised £1,250,000 towards the target and need to raise the remaining £750k

    — Peter Sharpe