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Bristol CRF

Bristol Clinical Research Facility

Bristol's new Clinical Research Facility (CRF) run by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust has received national funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a £161 million investment to expand the delivery of early phase clinical research in NHS hospitals across England.

Professor David Wynick, Director of NIHR Bristol CRF, said: "The establishment of the Bristol CRF and confirmation of NIHR funding is fantastic news and will enable the Facility to deliver a major increase in the number of high quality and safe clinical studies that will directly benefit patients."

"It means we can offer more cutting-edge research than we would otherwise have been able to do, driving forward innovation and helping to identify new treatments for patients."

The Bristol CRF will bring together early phase translational and experimental medicine research studies at UHBW and the University of Bristol into a single management and governance structure, covering research in a variety of areas that include cancer and immunity-based treatments, vaccine development and testing, cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience and respiratory medicine.

The funding begins in September 2022, when the Bristol CRF will formally become the NIHR Bristol CRF.


60 St Michael's Hill



The CRF can also be accessed through level B of St. Michael's Hospital.


MRI scanning

THe CRF houses a 3 Tesla Siemens Magnetom Skyra MRI Scanner. Clinical and research MRI scanning is currently provided, booked and managed by the Division of Specialised Services. These activities are separate from the CRF.

The process for booking research scans and associated costs (including out of hours tariff) are currently being iterated and will be shared widely as soon as possible.