What is research and why is it important?
Without medical research there would be no new medicines or tests, improved treatments, or better ways of providing healthcare. Sometimes research takes place in the laboratory and sometimes patients and the public need to be involved.
The aim is to:
develop new treatments and medicines
improve quality of life
improve our understanding of the causes and developments of medical conditions
understand the emotional and physical support needed by people living with medical conditions.
Research at Guy's and St Thomas'
As two of London’s oldest hospitals, we have a long history of research to benefit patient care.
We are well placed to do a wide variety of health research because:
we are one of the largest NHS trusts, with over one million patient contacts every year
our patients come from one of the UK’s most diverse and multicultural populations.
Many health studies need large numbers of patients and the public to participate. Some studies need to include a cross section of gender, ages, ethnicity and background (eg obesity studies), whilst others need to focus on a particular group (eg older women for menopause studies).
The development of food allergy in children, how to make kidney transplants last longer, how to reduce the chance of miscarriage, and how to diagnose skin cancer earlier, are just a few of the areas we are investigating.
>> Find out more about the type of research we do.
We work with many other health and research organisations.
>> Find out why this is good for research.