The Manchester arm of the network of Biomedical Research Centres created by the UK government under the umbrella of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a recruitment drive to fill 12 new academic chairs.

The partnership between Central Manchester & Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Manchester gained BRC status from the NIHR in March 2008. There are the 12 NIHR Biomedical Research Centres in total, set up in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as 15 smaller NIHR Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) in Liverpool, London, Nottingham, Leeds, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham.

The Manchester BRC is looking for 12 professors in the fields of paediatrics, reproductive medicine, maternal and foetal health, hearing, chemical pathology, dentistry, bone metabolism, renal medicine, vascular medicine, cardiology, lipids/obesity and pharmacology. They will be based at Manchester University and will carry out clinical work at Central Manchester & Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust.

A four-year programme of research at the Manchester centre includes harnessing genetic technologies to improve diagnosis and/or treatment in areas such as sudden cardiac death, developmental disease, complex inflammatory disease, complications of pregnancy, neurofibromatosis and adverse drug reactions.