The Department of Health recently announced that medical researchers in Nottingham were to receive £23.6m to expand the pioneering work already taking place into new treatments and diagnostics for a wide range of health problems. This funding represents a 75% increase in funding from 2012 – a good news story for Nottingham and remarkable achievement for NUH.
We are proud to say that NUH is already home to two Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) carrying out vital and life-changing research into hearing and digestive diseases.
Next year (April) these BRUs will be replaced with Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and working with The University of Nottingham we will be leading the UK in five key areas of health research:
- Deafness and hearing loss
- Gastrointestinal and liver disease
- Respiratory medicine
- Musculoskeletal disease
- Mental health technology
At the core of the BRC will be Nottingham’s world-leading expertise in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It means the latest medical imaging research and technology pioneered here can be translated into real benefits for patients in all five of the BRC’s research areas.
So what does all this mean for our patients? It means new medicines and tests, improved treatments and better ways of providing healthcare here in Nottingham and throughout the country.
Doctors and nurses use research studies to compare current treatments with potentially better ones in order to prevent illnesses and improve quality of life as well as our understanding of medical conditions.
Without health research none of this would be possible.
Our vision is to offer research opportunities to every patient that comes to our hospitals. The BRC will be a catalyst to realise this vision.
Nottingham has a long-established history with health research - the anti-inflammatory drug Ibuprofen and the MRI scanner were both developed in the city. The new BRC will continue this rich history of innovation and development providing the stepping stones for the treatments of tomorrow.