The NIHR Imperial BRC has established a new ‘virtual’ Theme, acting as a focal and coordinating point for all active and proposed research initiatives currently being directed towards the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 infection, across Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

We are aiming for every patient with COVID-19 disease who is admitted to our hospitals to be given the opportunity to be part of one of the research trials or studies that we are running at Imperial (subject to eligibility and consent). You can find out more about ongoing clinical research projects here.

In addition to coordinating and prioritizing research studies, the NIHR Imperial BRC is providing additional infrastructure and funding where required to support the delivery of these activities, including research nurses, clinical research fellows, and access to tissue samples, clinical data, and other platforms.

The NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC) is actively engaged and the ICHT Research Informatics team are collating data and reports on suspected and actual COVID-19 patients, prototyping a real-time tool to support clinicians on the front-line and to support recruitment into studies.

The Colebrook Laboratory, funded by an NIHR capital award, is one of the focal points at Imperial for the collection and analysis of samples from patients with COVID-19.

Relevant Links:

Ongoing clinical studies
Accessing data for COVID-19 research
London IVD Diagnostics Pathway
Key Individuals
  • Professor Graham Cooke
    Professor Graham Cooke
    Professor of Infectious Diseases
  • Professor Jonathan Weber
    Professor Jonathan Weber
    Dean, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Mark Thursz
    Professor Mark Thursz
    NIHR Imperial BRC Director
  • Dr Aldo Faisal
    Dr Aldo Faisal
    Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology
  • Dr Bob Klaber
    Dr Bob Klaber
    Director of strategy, research and innovation
  • Dr Ceire Costelloe
    Dr Ceire Costelloe
    Director of Global Digital Health Unit
  • Dr Declan O'Regan
    Dr Declan O'Regan
    Honorary Reader & Consultant Radiologist
  • Dr Prapa Kanagaratnam
    Dr Prapa Kanagaratnam
    Consultant Cardiologist
  • Dr Samir Bhatt
    Dr Samir Bhatt
    Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Stephen Brett
    Dr Stephen Brett
    Reader in Critical Care
  • Prof Mary Wells
    Prof Mary Wells
    Lead Research Nurse
  • Professor Anthony Gordon
    Professor Anthony Gordon
    Chair in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
  • Professor Chris Toumazou
    Professor Chris Toumazou
    Regius Professor of Engineering, Chair in Biomedical Circuit Design
  • Professor Jamil Mayet
    Professor Jamil Mayet
    Consultant Cardiologist - Cardiovascular Theme Committee Member
  • Professor Martin Wilkins
    Professor Martin Wilkins
    Vice Dean (Research) Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Paul Freemont
    Professor Paul Freemont
    Chair in Protein Crystallography
  • Professor Robin Shattock
    Professor Robin Shattock
    Chair in Mucosal Infection and Immunity
  • Professor Sarah Fidler
    Professor Sarah Fidler
    Professor of HIV medicine
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