About research and development

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 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.

Research at Guy's and St Thomas'

The number of new studies delivered in the NHS has increased, and the number of patients engaged in research activity has hit an all-time high.  

As one of the largest NHS trusts in England with patients from one of the UK’s most diverse and multicultural populations, we're well placed to do a wide variety of health research. 

Find out more about the type of research we do.

We're also one of the top 100 performing Trusts committed to delivering clinical research to time and target. Visit the NIHR Clinical Research Network performance page to find out more about how we and other Trusts are performing on research.


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.