Successful translation of biomedical research into healthcare and public health benefits constitutes research impact that will be an important performance indicator in the Higher Education Council’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).Biomedical research at the University has a number of national strengths and is arguably top in the field. These include:
The major awards listed above, together with others secured by their research teams, have helped to rejuvenate the research environment in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and its interfaces with the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and Arts. Other large translational research awards secured by the University of Nottingham include:
The Clinical Translational Research Priority Group will play an integral role in cultivating new and existing partnerships between the University and external organisations that have common objectives for supporting clinical translational research. Current partners include the following.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
NIHR have made major investments in translational research in Nottingham, towards which the University has made substantial contributions.
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust is a major translational research partner for the 3 BRUs, as well as NIHR Programme Grants and major charity-funded awards such as the ARUK Pain Centre, whilst the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) was created through a partnership between the University and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the CLAHRC
The IMH and the CLAHRC have established local NHS and international collaborations and partnerships.
Medical Research Council
The MRC recognised Nottingham’s strengths in clinical research translation though its award of DPFS Portfolio and Strategic awards.
These fund many translational research projects and programmes in partnership with The University of Nottingham and NHS Trusts such as the ARUK Pain Centre and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Centre for Tobacco Control Studies.
Many collaborative translational research projects at Nottingham are supported by industry from early stage discovery to clinical trials.