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Science and innovation

16 October 2007

Lord Sainsbury visited Cardiff University’s "groundbreaking" brain research centre and also used the opportunity to meet with University staff to discuss his major government review into science and innovation policies in the UK.

Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor Peter Halligan welcomed Lord Sainsbury to the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). The Centre is located in the School of Psychology and features the latest brain scanning technologies enabling new insights into the workings of the human mind.

The former Science Minister met the specialist team at the £10 million Centre and described "Cardiff’s ground-breaking CUBRIC facility" as "helping to keep UK science at the cutting edge of important research worldwide."

The Centre’s research using some of the most sophisticated brain imaging equipment in the world has recently been featured in an Institution of Engineering and Technology film. Watch: 'Technology for Life'

During his visit to the University Lord Sainsbury met with and congratulated Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine. He said: "Sir Martin Evans’ outstanding success offers inspiration to Britain’s budding young scientists."

Lord Sainsbury and Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, also met with University staff and business leaders to discuss his recent review into science and innovation policy in the UK. The review included an examination of knowledge transfer between universities and business, an area where Cardiff University holds a strong track record in creating new high-tech companies bringing jobs and wealth creation to Wales.