The University of York has opened its new £5 million Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII), as part of its continuing Heslington East expansion.
The CII will be used to help scientists develop drugs and vaccines for diseases including diabetes and HIV. The CII includes a suite for students to help with their studies, in addition to three floors of laboratories.
Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “York is already in the vanguard of research into immunology and infectious diseases and these new facilities will further enhance our world-class research in this area.”
Principal contractor GB Building Solutions started work on the building in July 2009. It was officially opened by Dr Robert Ridley, director of the World Health Organisation’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. The money was raised with a £1 million donation by The Wolfson Foundation, £3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and a further £1 million from The Holbeck Charitable Trust. This is in addition to funds from the University of York and the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), who have joined the University in combined ownership of the building.
One second-year HYMS student told Nouse that he hopes students will “get full access to the facilities” and that it will be of more student use than the recently opened Berrick Saul Building, near Vanbrugh College.
Professor Paul Kaye, the centre’s director, continued: “This new building will help to take our work to a new level. The CII represents what can be achieved by a seamless link between between biology and medicine, something rarely seen in long-established medical schools.”