Prince Harry officially opened the new Blast Injuries Centre at Imperial College, London on Thursday (October 17).

The eight million pound facility, supported by the Royal British Legion and Ministry of Defence, will bring together engineers, scientists and medics from a range of disciplines, to improve understanding of blast injuries and their effects on the human body.

During his tour of the Centre, Prince Harry was shown new medical equipment and various laboratories engaged in work being carried out by the researchers to counteract the devastating effects of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

More than 400 UK military and civilian personnel have been killed in Afghanistan. Over 2,000 people have been wounded in action, many from IEDs.

The ceremony happens to coincide with the final day of an inquest into the death of five British soldiers killed in Afghanistan by an IED.

The Centre's main goals are to increase the understanding of blast injury patterns, improve treatments and recovery, and develop better ways of protecting personnel conflict areas.

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