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Our track record in biomedical research

Outstanding research quality and productivity

An analysis of highly cited publications (HCPs) in health research, published in 2016, showed UCLH/UCL has the largest number of HCPs of any organisation in England over the 2004-2013 period.

Individual academic recognition

In the latest (2017) announcement of Senior Investigators new appointments from our BRC included Professors Rob Howard, Harry Hemingway, Rosalind Raine, Adrienne Flanagan, Sharon Peacock and Ali Zumla.

Re-appointments included BRC supported Professor John Duncan.

The 16 new emeritus Senior Investigators included Professors John Collinge and Nick Fox.

The college of NIHR Senior Investigators is drawn from the most eminent NIHR-funded researchers and are selected through annual competitions. Criteria include: quality and volume of internationally excellent research and its impact on improvements in healthcare; individual research leadership; and engagement of patients, the public and healthcare policy makers and planners with their research.

Excellent clinical and research infrastructure

The BRC leverages the specialist clinical and academic facilities from across the central London locations of UCLH and UCL.

  • The NIHR/Wellcome UCLH Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is housed within a new purpose-designed world-class facility at 170 Tottenham Court Road. The facility has a nine-bedded bay, seven clinic rooms, two en-suite single rooms, a laboratory and a pharmacy. One single room is adapted to be teenage and young adult friendly, with the support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, enabling adolescents to participate in early phase trials at the CRF.
  • The MacMillan Cancer Centre is situated next to the UCL Cancer Institute providing excellent opportunities for research focused on translating basic science into experimental cancer medicine programmes.
  • The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) provides dedicated facilities for our neuroscience research activities and is co-located with the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square. Within the NHNN is the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, an experimental neurology clinical facility and training programme, aimed at the understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. 
  • Specialist hospital sites at the Eastman Dental Hospital and the Royal Throat Nose and Ear Hospital contribute world class clinical facilities that underpin the remainder of the BRC themes' activities. All these sites are situated in close proximity to, or co-located with, UCL’s laboratory facilities – which is crucial for removing geographical barriers to translation.
  • UCL is one of the founding partners for the Francis Crick Institute, a multi-million pound collaborative investment to establish a world class interdisciplinary medical research centre in central London. This will bring nearly 1,000 scientists onto the UCLH/UCL site, offering exciting new opportunities.