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About Us

The UCLH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) and UCL (University College London). The UCLH BRC was established in 2007 as one of five centres that were competitively awarded funding by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support world leading clinical translational research. In September 2016, the UCLH BRC was awarded £114M for 2017-2022 to enable continued growth in our experimental medicine and early translational research programmes. 

Our expertise

UCLH is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the United Kingdom and UCL is one of the leading biomedical research universities. By working together we have become leaders in translating fundamental biomedical research into clinical research that benefits patients.

NIHR BRC status has enabled this successful partnership to build on our expertise in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurosciences.

What we do

The BRC drives impact from research by investing in staff, equipment, facilities and training.

We take innovations in basic science and help turn them into treatments and therapies that have a direct impact for patients and often save lives.

We support in particular experimental medicine research which tends to be ‘first in human’ studies such as research into new therapies and devices or the mechanisms of disease.

What is experimental medicine?

By experimental medicine we mean early phase human translational studies focusing on:

  • new therapies (drug, immunological and cell based) and novel devices and first-in-human studies
  • improvements in diagnosis, treatment selection and evaluation of response to therapies – including diagnostics and medical technology
  • repurposing of therapies - finding new uses for existing therapies.

This kind of research needs specialist infrastructure and skilled staff, often based in dedicated clinical research facilities. The BRC provides that infrastructure.

Our strategic plan

A review of our progress

Read our Research with Impact 2016/17 booklet for an annual update of our work.