A state-of-the-art facility for clinical research

18 Jun 2019

Our funding has helped to create the Barts Health Clinical Research Centre at The Royal London Hospital which will help develop new treatments to benefit patients in the Barts Health community and across the NHS.

The new state-of-the-art clinical research area includes outpatient treatment facilities, a laboratory and much-improved investigation facilities. This new environment will enhance the experience for Barts Health patients becoming involved in clinical research, offering a bright, comfortable and easily accessible space.

Why is clinical research so important?

Research in a hospital setting is important for bringing new treatments from the laboratory to real patients, or “from bench to bedside”. Clinical trials are an important step of the research process because they show researchers what does and doesn’t work in real people and help them weigh up the effectiveness of a treatment versus the side effects.

Patients enrolled in clinical trials often have better outcomes than those who aren’t. Benefits of clinical trials can include:

  • Accessing a new treatment before anyone else
  •  Playing a more active role and having more choice in your healthcare
  • Getting more frequent health check-ups and screening as part of your trial
  • Having the opportunity to help future patients – trials can lead to wider rollout across the NHS.

The new centre

Our award of £496,000 has allowed the team to transform a disused gym into a dedicated space on the 11th floor of The Royal London Hospital. A vibrant and active facility appropriate for a world-leading hospital, it brings together the work of our partners at Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.

Project lead Jo Morgan, Associate Director Research Development (pictured above at the launch with our CEO Fiona Miller Smith and Chief Executive of Barts Health NHS Trust Alwen Williams) says: "We are very excited and privileged to have such an amazing unit to see our patients in. I hope that we can expand the type of research conducted to enable us to offer more choice to our patients across east London and beyond.”

The specialist staff at the facility are experienced in conducting trials across a wide range of medical conditions and specialties which they hope to expand as awareness of the new facility grows. Some of the areas they currently cover include:

  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Epilepsy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurology
  • Psoriasis

Find out more about the Clinical Research Centre.

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