Princess Anne opens research centre
Anne, Princess Royal, opened a research centre on Thursday (15.01.15).
The 64-year-old royal visited the University of Dundee to mark the official opening of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, which is a state-of-the-art facility for health-related data research.
The vice-principal for research at the university and head of the college of medicine, dentistry and nursing, Professor John Connell, told those who had gathered for the event he was “delighted” the princess was in attendance, and praised cancer charity Tenovus – for which she is a patron – for supporting the centre’s research.
He said: “We are delighted that HRH the Princess Royal has joined us to open the Farr Institute and also to recognise the tremendous work done by Tenovus as a charity supporting valuable medical research across Scotland.”
Continuing to speak about the work undertaken at the university, Professor Connell explained how the centre had come into fruition from an initial grant from the charity, which the princess has fundraised for throughout her life.
He said: “The University has been a pioneer in the use of electronic health records to support medical research in the UK, working closely with NHS Tayside and Tenovus.
“An initial grant from Tenovus of a few thousand pounds over 20 years ago has grown into this facility we see in Dundee today and a £30million eHealth network across the UK.”
The Princess Royal – who is married to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – previously visited Dundee University in 2011 when she opened the Centre for Molecular Medicine (CMM).