In 2010 The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust contributed £143,000 under the Medically Related Donations programme to the new £32 m facility for the Centre for Experimental Medicine that opened in 2015. The Centre houses some 40 principal investigators and their teams specialising in research into finding cures for eye disease, respiratory disorders and vascular complications linked to diabetes.
An interdisciplinary research facility, it is the latest phase in the development of the Institute for Health Sciences estate and is designed to enhance its internationally recognised excellence in education and research. It has been funded through a series of grants and philanthropic donations from the UK Research Investment Fund (UKRPIF), The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Wellcome Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Insight Trust for the Visually Impaired and the Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation.
The Institute has an internal area of 9,000m², providing accommodation for some 330 members of staff. Although just opened the facility is already receiving accolades. Queen’s Contractor O’Hare & McGovern was announced as the ‘Overall Winner’ of the Construction Excellence Awards 2015 in recognition of its work on the building.