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British Council

27 March 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announces further funding at second BIRAX conference

This week almost three hundred leading UK and Israeli scientists gathered in Haifa at the prestigious Technion Israel Institute of Technology to attend the second BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Conference. BIRAX is a £10 million, five year UK-Israel programme to create high level partnerships that will tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges in the field. The programme funds cutting-edge research using stem cell therapies.

Over £4 million has been committed to seven projects in Britain and Israel funding research in Oxford, Cambridge, Nottingham and Edinburgh universities.  

During his visit to Israel two weeks ago, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a further £1m of funding for the project, and launched the call for proposals for the next round of partnerships. The second call for proposals will fund a further set of projects and has also been supported by the British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and JDRF.

David Willetts, the UK’s Minister for Universities and Science opened the conference in Haifa and welcomed the opportunities created by the programme to advance scientific understanding, and also to strengthen the wider educational links between the UK and Israel. Minister Willetts has written an exclusive blog for the British Council reflecting on his visit and hopes for the future.