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Appeal cash pays for researchers
12:10pm Tuesday 1st June 2010 in News
Bradford University’s Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit can now employ two new researchers thanks to funds raised by Bradford City’s appeal.
The appeal aimed to raise £100,000 for the unit but the amount is now expected to exceed that.
Professor David Sharpe, who set up the unit after the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster, said: “It’s fantastic. When they said they were going to raise £100,000 I thought that was great but I wasn’t sure if it could be done.
“What it’s meant is I have been able to tell Professor Des Tobin, director of the University’s Centre for Skin Science, that we are advertising two new research fellow posts. We are thrilled.”
The unit’s incumbent research fellows have edited two academic text books and pledged to give 25 per cent of the proceeds from their sale to the centre.
Dr Ben Miranda, senior editor of both the books, said: “When you see where the Burns Unit has come from and the background behind it, it’s important to contribute. I have taken time out of my clinical work to do research at the unit as I was interested in contributing to the research.”