Clinical research unit awarded £3m

March 07, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The Clinical Investigation and Research Unit (CIRU) has been awarded funding for a Brighton-based National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical research facility. The unit will receive continued funding amounting to £3 million over the next five years. This represents a 30% increase on previous support received from the NIHR.

CIRU is a clinical research facility based on the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. There are facilities for patients to receive drug infusions, have outpatient consultations and to undergo investigations including echocardiograms, bone density scans and vascular monitoring. There are also on-site laboratory facilities so that samples taken from patients can be rapidly processed and analysed using state of the art equipment. This means that researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust have a dedicated space in which to conduct high quality investigative clinical and translational research.

In 2011, CIRU was awarded the status of an Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), enabling the continued development of clinical trials of new experimental drugs for patients with cancer.

Professor Peter Schmid, Clinical Director says: “This award is a credit to the high quality, cutting-edge research at CIRU, BSUH and BSMS. This core funding secures our research infrastructure for the next 5 years and will enable us to continue and expand our successful research activities.

Dr Alistair Ring, Clinical Director says: “This core funding is critical to the ongoing research endeavours of CIRU, and we are particularly pleased that our level of funding has increased. This additional security will enable us to build upon the successes we have already achieved over the last few years. Looking forward we will be able to continue to support local academic research, build upon our existing commercial trial portfolio and deliver high quality teaching, training and research opportunities for health care professionals. Perhaps most importantly we will continue to be able to offer patients access to novel treatments and involvement in high quality research close to home”.

Visit the CIRU page for more information on the unit, including a video about the impact of the CIRU.




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