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Research areas

UH Bristol is a leading international centre for healthcare research and education and has a considerable reputation for innovative research and development. Key to this success are our collaborations with the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (see our Working in Partnership page). Our aim is to integrate research with clinical care in all our hospitals, for example 90% of cardiac surgery patients are offered the chance to take part in research, and over 90 trials are taking place at the Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre (BHOC).

We carry out research into many different disease areas, with over 600 active studies in 2012.

We hold grants from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) across our specialties. These range from the large NIHR infrastructure awards (Biomedical Research Centre and CLAHRC West), through Programme Grants for Applied Research, multi-centre trial grants, and single project grants.  We also hold and support grants from charities and from commercial companies.

We host the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West of England, and work closely with them to deliver research led from other hospitals and universities. Our aim is to increase the number of studies we can offer to our patients, and to help them understand more about research and what it means to the NHS. To complement the non-commercial research we carry out we have a large portfolio of commercially sponsored research. The money we receive to support this research is used to pay for staff who run the trials and is reinvested in the Trust to support other research projects.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre
The National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) is a partnership between University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol. BRCs conduct innovative translational medical science research to drive through improvements in health and healthcare, and encourage closer working with industry.
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The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) works with partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West.
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Research specialities and facilities
UH Bristol also conducts research into many other disease areas, and has world class facilities for conducting and supporting research studies.
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