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About research and development

Coronavirus: research appointments update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are asking you not to attend any face to face research related appointments, unless you have been advised otherwise by your research team. Where appropriate our research teams will contact you to conduct research follow up by telephone.

Research at Guy’s and St Thomas’

As one of the largest NHS trusts in England, with patients from a diverse and multicultural population, we are well placed to deliver a wide variety of health research. We are actively involved in research that is developing and trialling new treatments for patients. We believe that conducting cutting-edge health research helps us to provide better care for our patients.

In 2018/19 we had over 550 studies running across a range of medical conditions, the highest of any NHS Trust in England. During 2018/19 over 19,500 people took part in research studies at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

For full details, see the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) research activity league table.

Find out more about our research studies and clinical trials and how you can take part.

Visit the NIHR Clinical Research Network website to find out more about how we are performing on research.

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 we need you to get involved.

The aim of research is to:

  • develop new treatments and medicines
  • prevent illnesses
  • improve quality of life
  • improve our understanding of medical conditions
  • understand the emotional and physical support you need if you're living with a medical condition.


We work with many other health and research organisations.

Find out why this is good for research.  

Take part

Our research relies on patients and healthy volunteers. Find out how you can take part.

Your questions answered

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about research studies and trials.

Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway

Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website to help you make informed choices about clinical trials. It offers useful guidance on how trials work and helps connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in.