Published Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Minister Poots, Minister Foster and Prof Tony Bjourson, centre director. (© University of Ulster)
The centre will be based at the Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry and will undertake research in areas such as heart disease, mental health, dementia and cancer.
Fifteen of the 22 jobs created are lecturing posts which are set to be filled over the next two months.
A statement from the university described stratified medicine, or personalised medicine, as an emerging practice of medicine which examines genetic make-up along with clinical data to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease at an individual patient level.
The centre is a collaborative project between the University of Ulster's Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, C-TRIC (the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
The university said that funding for the £11.5 million facility, the only one of its kind in Ireland, is set to put them at the frontier of pioneering medical research into chronic degenerative diseases.
Professor Tony Bjourson, director of Ulster's Biomedical Sciences Research Institute and head of the new centre, said a personalised approach to patient care holds huge potential for developing new diagnostic and treatment pathways for human diseases.
"This is one of the most important concepts to emerge from the sequencing of the human genome and Northern Ireland is emerging as an important region within stratified medicine research."
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