Research explained

We aim to make research accessible to all. Through resources below, we simplify complex biomedical research to help inform and educate individuals across society.


In a video produced for TED-Ed by us, we explore why ethnic diversity is so important to medical research when creating new treatments and medicines for diseases. The film was made in partnership with science presenter and producer Greg Foot and science communicator and animator Kirk Zamieroski.

How does anonymising patient data for research work?

When we carry out research using patient data, we try to use data containing as little information as possible that can identify a single person. Sounds simple, but it isn't always.ut it isn't always.

At any one time, UCLH has over 1000 clinical studies taking place. But what does research involve?

The human body is made up of about 30 trillion cells that carry a code which has been duplicated over and over for billions of years - with varying degrees of accuracy. So what happens when the system breaks down and the machinery turns on itself, leading to cancer?

This video was produced by us and TED-Ed.

UCLH is starting a major study looking at barriers to the recruitment of patients from ethnic minority groups into clinical trials. The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at UCLH is collaborating with Roche Products Ltd to study what happens in the recruitment process in four disease areas at UCLH: breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatology and stroke.

The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) exists to improve lives through technology. From 3D-printing prosthetics limbs to developing AI that can spot cancer, our scientists are focused on making a real-world impact.