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Facilities at UoS Medicine
Facilities at UoS Medicine

The University of Southampton/University Hospital Southampton partnership benefits from its shared facilities on a single site. Thus, the following facilities are all located on the University Hospital campus, all within a 7min walk. The key facilities (and their component units) are outlined below:

Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research (SCBR) 

The Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research (SCBR) lies at the centre of Research and Development partnership with University Hospital Southampton. The SCBR enables Southampton to be much greater than the sum of its components, so that researchers work faster and more efficiently. Quality assured nursing, specialist laboratories, clinical governance and facilities mean a wide range of health issues can be efficiently investigated, with confidence.

SCBR is a 5-storey complex of clinical and laboratory space for translational research (£8 million jointly funded by UHS, UoS and NIHR awards) opened in 2011 by the Secretary of State for Health. This body coordinates the people and resources of our major clinical research facilities, units and centres which are supported by £27m of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded infrastructure which includes the following:

NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in nutrition

The nation’s centre for advancing health through nutrition, NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre builds on over two decades of leadership in nutrition research and care.

NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Centre

This unit provides unique research tools, facilities and world-leading expertise to take discoveries, new treatments and technologies from laboratory into clinic, across our respiratory research areas.

NIHR/Cancer Research UK University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit (CTU)

Southampton’s university-hospital partnership brings the latest discoveries into the clinic to improve people’s lives and health, performing world-leading research and conducting trials across most medical specialities.

NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

Embedded at the heart of Southampton General Hospital is an extensive, state-of-the-art clinical research facility with dedicated research nursing teams; the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility.

Wessex Investigational Sciences Hub Laboratory

The Wessex Investigational Sciences Hub laboratory (WISH Lab) undertakes collaborative studies in healthcare innovation by applying regulatory standards to the investigative assessment of tissue and blood samples from consenting patients in clinical trials. This is supported by a portfolio of investment from charities (Cancer Research UK), Department of Health (NIHR funding to Biomedical Research Unit and Centre), NHS (University Hospital Southampton NHS FT), higher education (University of Southampton) and commercial partners. WISH Lab also hosts the management centre of the Wessex Genomic Medicine Centre, participating in the 100K genome project and establishing next generation sequencing capabilities into local NHS Trusts.

Biomedical Imaging Unit

The Biomedical Imaging Unit provides facilities and research and diagnostic services in high quality and high resolution light and electron microscopy.

Cancer Research UK Centre

The Centre is focused upon its research strengths in Immunotherapy, Cell Biology, Medical Oncology, Surgery and Cancer Genetics, closely linked to the comprehensive clinical cancer services.

NIHR/Cancer Research UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

Southampton's Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre is at the heart of a continuous cycle of better care, therapy development and new knowledge as new therapies go from laboratory into the clinic, and back again.

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Life Sciences Building

Institute for Life Science

The IfLS acts as a conduit for funding opportunities and studentships available from sponsors focused on interdisciplinary research projects. The strength of the IfLS lies in the interdisciplinary collaborative network which is made up of over 230 Members and represents all eight of the University's faculties.

Centre for Translational Immunology

The Translational Immunology Partnership in Southampton is a interdisciplinary network of 40 principal investigators with over £20m of funding. It is devoted to the application of immunological discovery to the delivery of effective immunological solutions for the benefit of health and wellbeing

Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Our centre aims to provide a multidisciplinary centre for the study of stem cells and development, and to find new ways to promote the regeneration of tissues. We aim to provide an environment where excellent scientists can make exciting discoveries to help heal injuries and cure disease.


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MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit

The MRC LEU was established in 2010 following reconfiguration of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre based on the pioneering work of Professor David Barker OBE who remained an active research member until his death in 2013. Its mission is to provide a centre of excellence using epidemiological methods to promote human health.

The Histochemistry Research Unit

The Histochemistry Research Unit (HRU) offers a range of histological services to support research across the University of Southampton. Users of the HRU include post-doctoral research fellows, clinical research fellows, PhD, DM and MSc postgraduate students, BSc undergraduates and research technicians. The Unit also has numerous external collaborative links both with academic and commercial organisations.

Southampton Bioinformatics Core Facility

The Bioinformatics Core provides data analysis services for high throughput measurements such as transcriptomic, proteomic and epigenomic data sets.


LifeLab is a unique, state-of-the-art teaching laboratory dedicated to improving adolescent health by giving school students opportunities to learn first-hand the science behind the health messages.

Southampton CRUK Centre Protein Core Facility

The Protein Core Facility offers services for the production of recombinant proteins for the Cancer Science Division.

University of Southampton Tissue Bank

This valuable core resource is available to all local researchers with NRES approved studies to aid the study of cancer biology and other associated research.

University of Southampton Centre for Proteomic Research

The Centre for Proteomic Research combines in-depth expertise with internationally competitive facilities for the large-scale characterisation of proteins expressed in health and disease.




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