Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016
Biomedical Research Centre funding announced
Funding will enable our Biomedical Research Centre to continue its research into new treatments for patients.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London £64.4 million over the next five years to support health research.
This funding, which has been announced today (Wednesday 14 September), will enable our Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to continue its groundbreaking research into innovative new treatments for patients.
Over the next five years the BRC will continue its mission to discover new disease biomarkers and develop novel advanced treatments across its nine research themes which cover a wide range of diseases.
Professor Graham Lord, Director of the BRC, says: “We are extremely pleased with this award which recognises our achievements over the last 10 years. The BRC at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London is well placed to play an enhanced role in ensuring that the UK is recognised as the best place in the world to conduct experimental medicine for the benefit of patients.”
Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, adds: “I am delighted that the outstanding work of our BRC has been recognised by the NIHR. This further award supports our vision to embed research at the heart of the Trust so that it becomes ‘business as usual’ and helps us to improve care for patients now and in the future.
“The BRC and associated clinical research facilities have been key to helping the Trust become one of the largest recruiters to clinical trials in the UK. Over the next five years their work will ensure that we remain at the forefront of experimental medicine.”
The BRC at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is part of the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, along with the BRC at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust which has received an award of £65.9 million.
The combined investment of more than £130 million will allow the Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley BRCs – and their university partner, King’s College London – to work together to gain new insights into common themes, especially the interface between mental and physical health, over the next five years.