The NIHR Imperial BRC has teamed up with Imperial College Health Charity to co-fund pre-doctoral fellowships to support research projects undertaken by a wider range of clinical staff, including nurses, allied health professionals and other non-medical professions. Awardees will undertake one year research projects to produce preliminary experimental data to support a hypothesis, and to […]
A new study led by researchers from Imperial, published in the Lancet, has shown that patients report more side effects when they know they are taking the drug than when they are not told whether they are taking a statin or a placebo pill. Statins are a group of medicines that are commonly prescribed to […]
Many women think of the menopause with dread, associating it with uncontrolled body temperature and hormonal shifts. In fact, 1 in 10 women report hot flushes as intolerable, severely impairing their quality of life and daily wellbeing. The most widespread solution to counteract menopausal flushes is oestrogen supplementation (also known as hormone replacement therapy, HRT) […]
In the current era of technology and innovation, terms such as “digital health” and “machine-learning” feature in medicine more and more frequently, and with good reason. Computational models enable researchers to peel back the layers of complexity of the human body, helping visualise and understand organ functions, and now this tool may be used to […]
Earlier this year the NIHR Imperial BRC Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) issued two internal funding calls for proposals. Entitled “Push for Impact” and “Developing Capacity”, these calls were aimed at innovative, hypothesis-driven projects that would deliver clinically-focused outputs by exploiting the resources and capabilities within ITMAT (genomic sequencing, informatics, metabolic phenotyping, imaging […]
Harnessing world-leading discovery science and clinical expertise to develop innovative therapeutics, devices and diagnostics for healthcare
The NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a translational research partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. It provides the infrastructure – human and technological – to conduct early stage experimental medicine within our Academic Health Science Centre. The BRC aims to exploit the scientific power of the College’s Faculties of Medicine, Engineering and Natural Sciences, and provide proof-of-principle of new breakthroughs within the clinical setting. We collaborate extensively with industry, other funding agencies, and with colleagues across the NIHR infrastructure. Our patients and volunteers are closely involved in the design and delivery of research, and the BRC invests heavily in skills and training for the clinical academics of tomorrow.
Examples of research projects testing out new drugs, devices and diagnostics in humans for the first time. The BRC is specifically aimed at supporting these kinds of experimental medicine studies.
The NIHR Imperial BRC has developed a range of innovative device technologies, in collaboration with scientists in our Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering. Some of the most recent are highlighted here.
A selection of short films explaining more about key parts of the BRC infrastructure and some of the innovative directions our research is moving into.