£5.5 million for research 

01/03/2012 00:00 

The UCLH/UCL Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has won an award of £5.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research to continue expanding its groundbreaking clinical research.

The award, which is for four and a half years from September 2012, represents an uplift of over 60% on the facility’s previous funding award in 2007 and is part of £100 million announced today by the National Institute for Health Research for clinical research facilities across the country. Awards were made on the basis of the quality and volume of world class experimental medicine studies undertaken at the CRF and the National Institute for Health Research said that competition was very competitive.

The UCLH/UCL CRF, which is based in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson wing, is a partnership between UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and UCL (University College London). The facility, which has 20 beds, laboratory, endoscopy suite, dispensaries and specialist staff all dedicated to clinical research, provides a specialist environment where researchers can carry out studies and trials as safely and effectively as possible. At any one time there are about 50 studies taking place at the facility.

The main focus of work at the CRF is on experimental medicine, which studies the causes of disease, how treatments and tests work and whether they are safe. In particular the CRF focuses on research in cancer, neurosciences, infection and immunology, and cardio metabolic diseases.

The CRF encompasses a general research facility supported the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation and a cancer clinical research facility, and hosts the clinical work of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.
Director of the CRF Professor William Rosenberg said: “This is fantastic news for UCLH and UCL and supports our collaboration to expand the conduct of experimental medicine in the heart of London. Our CRF has rapidly expanded since it opened 18 months ago and this kind of support from the NIHR is enabling us to transform the research environment here at UCLH and UCL.”

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “We welcome the investment in our research into new treatments. This will go a long way in supporting our clinical research facility in its work on early-stage studies for people with diseases such as cancer, liver disease and respiratory disease.”

The CRF received £3.8million from the NIHR for the period 2007-12.


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