The NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a longstanding partnership between the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT), funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).
The NIHR Southampton BRC aims to improve people’s health and resilience throughout life by developing better treatments and care.
The centre comprises over 600 researchers from across the partnership. They are enhancing health and quality-of-life through five strategic research themes:
Researchers work closely with patients and the public to ensure a person-centred, collaborative and inclusive research culture.
Southampton has been at the forefront of nutrition and respiratory research since 2008. Major breakthroughs in deliberate allergen exposure and lifelong prevention of fractures have improved treatments and guidance for patients in the south and across the UK.
The BRC also played a key role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southampton researchers enhanced prevention, diagnostics and treatments at incredible pace and scale, including fast tracking COVID-19 drugs into large scale trials.
The BRC is closely tied with the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility (CRF), an extensive, dedicated space for early-stage clinical research in the heart of University Hospital Southampton.