Leading north-east leisure and hospitality provider Malhotra Group has donated £33,000 to fund medical research at Newcastle University.
The donation to the Mitochondria Research Group will help identify the cause and treatment of osteoporosis – the thinning of the bones.
Group chairman Meenu Malhotra said: “If new treatments can be developed as part of this research, then it may reduce the time older patients spend in hospital and help them remain independent for far longer.”
Meenu previously pledged £100,000 in 2013 to the former Newcastle Healthcare Charity to fund research into muscle injury in the elderly and trauma patients.
Research leader orthopaedic surgeon Daniel Hipps said: “I am extremely grateful for the support of the Malhotra Group plc, which has enabled me to take time out of clinical training and investigate the cause of osteoporosis, which remains poorly understood.
“Hopefully the new findings of this research will open up new treatment strategies, reducing fracture risk and benefiting patients.”
Malhotra Group is one of the region’s largest providers of residential care with 12 homes throughout the North East, operated by its Prestwick Care subsidiary.
The Mitochondrial Research Group is led by Sir Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at Newcastle University, who said: “This is a very generous donation from the Malhotra Group to fund important medical research.
“Without their support this exciting new work to understand the cause of osteoporosis would not be possible.”