NIHR BRC at Guy's and St Thomas' and King's Funding Success
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 five years so their Biomedical Research Centre can continue its ground breaking 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: cardiovascular medicine, cutaneous medicine, genomic medicine, infection and immunity, imaging science, transplantation, women’s & children’s health, oral health, and regenerative medicine & cellular therapy.
Professor Graham Lord, Director of the BRC, said:
“We are extremely pleased with this award which recognises the achievements of our BRC over the last 10 years. The BRC at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London is well placed to lead the revolution in new advances to therapy, and 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.
“Our BRC acts as a catalyst at local, national and international level to deliver new medicine and diagnostics, to drive research and innovation in the NHS, and to provide national system leadership to ensure maximum impact for our patients. We are very well positioned to deliver a step-change in the health of our nation over the next five years.”
In recent years the work of the BRC has helped Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust build an international reputation for pioneering clinical research.
Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“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 Government has also pledged £66 million over the next five years to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. The combined investment of over £130 million will allow the Guy’s and Maudsley BRCs to work together to gain new insights into common themes, especially the interface between mental and physical health over the next five years.
As part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre, the investment into the Biomedical Research Centres will play a key role in their continued mission to ensure that lessons from research are used more swiftly, effectively and systematically to improve healthcare services for people with physical and mental health care problems.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre and Vice-Principal (Health) at King’s College London said:
“The Government’s renewed commitment to funding ground-breaking mental and physical health research is extremely welcome. Today, more than ever before, we have both the opportunity and the duty to use science to develop new cutting-edge treatments and therapies to improve health outcomes for people. The funding awarded to both of our BRCs means we are also in the unique position of being able to use our research to improve life for the significant numbers of people with both mental and physical health problems.”
This is the third consecutive award that Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London have received from the NIHR to support a Biomedical Research Centre*
* Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London, established their Comprehensive BRC (one of the first five in country) with a £45 million award from the NIHR in 2007. In 2011 the Trust and the University successfully bid for NIHR funding of £58.7 million to create their second BRC (2012-2017) allowing them to further develop their innovative research in a number of disease areas.
£130 million funding for health research
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London