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National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre

About Us

Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) transform scientific breakthroughs into diagnostic tests and life-saving treatments for patients.

In Greater Manchester, we have a deep heritage in science, innovation and entrepreneurship, making a significant contribution towards solving some of the world’s greatest health challenges. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has invested £28.5m in Greater Manchester to establish the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Our vision and mission 

Driving health improvements and lasting change for all through creative, inclusive and pro-active research that identifies and bridges gaps between new discoveries and individualised care.

We do this by:

  • Keeping people and patients at the heart of everything we do
  • Capitalising on Greater Manchester’s unique health and social care system, and its vibrant, diverse and co-operative culture
  • Valuing difference to make a difference
  • Drawing on and galvanising the entrepreneurial tradition of the region to evolve and attract industry partnerships
  • Working together to develop our agile, connected systems and workforce
  • Being personal; your health is personal to us and our research is personal to you

We will drive forward pioneering research in the areas of: musculoskeletal disease, hearing health, respiratory disease, dermatology and three cancer themes (prevention, radiotherapy  and precision medicine).

As part of Health Innovation Manchester, our BRC is integrated within the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.  Our ambitious plans will benefit from Greater Manchester’s world-class research infrastructure and expertise in a number of cross-cutting areas: biomarkers, informatics, rapid translation of research findings, patient and public involvement and engagement, training and collaboration with industry.

What is the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre?

BRC Director, Professor Ian Bruce discusses the BRC funding investment in Manchester, to support the translation of findings from basic science through to patient care.

The Manchester BRC is hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester, in partnership with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Our research is supported by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Northern Health Science Alliance.