Steve McCabe MP opens Research Centre for Life and Sport Sciences

Steve McCabe MP has officially opened a new university research centre, which will carry out dedicated studies into a range of areas spanning sport and life sciences.

The MP for Selly Oak visited Birmingham City University’s City South Campus to formally open its new Research Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LaSS) which will give academics access to a range of new facilities to support their work.

The Centre’s research will focus on genetics, including epigenetics, microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics as well as sport and exercise nutrition, sports therapy, sports psychology, exercise science and school sport.

Mr McCabe enjoyed a tour of the University’s state-of-the-art facilities including specialist biomedical science, sport and exercise science laboratories, as well as hearing presentations from researchers on diabetes, exercise science and microbiology.

The official opening of the Centre was marked by the cutting of a cake by research director Loukia Tsaprouni and Steve McCabe MP.

Steve McCabe MP said: “I’m delighted to be here today to open the new Centre for Life and Sport Sciences. It seems to me that an interdisciplinary approach to research is vital to pool expertise, share knowledge and resource.

The visit formed part of the Royal Society MP Pairing Scheme, which gives policymakers and researchers an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds by pairing up researchers, parliamentarians and civil servants.

On opening the new Centre Loukia Tsaprouni, Reader in Health Sciences at Birmingham City University, said: “We are thrilled to open this new research centre that will focus on delivering high quality multidisciplinary research in health. There is already some excellent research being produced in this field and it is an exciting step for the University to launch a dedicated research centre for Life and Sport Sciences.”

Find out more about the Centre for Sport and Life Sciences on the University’s website.