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BSMS > Research


At BSMS our medical research has developed a strong reputation for making a real impact locally, nationally and internationally.

Ultimately, our research aims to:

  • improve medical treatment
  • answer fundamental biomedical and clinical questions
  • deliver more personalised healthcare to patients.

We bring together the expertise of both the Universities of Brighton and Sussex to offer researchers the very best in research facilities and support. Close integration with the local NHS allows researchers to work directly with the local population, improving their health while developing research work that can be applied nationally and globally.

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Brighton and Sussex CTU

The Brighton and Sussex Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is responsible for coordinating multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies.

It provides researchers with access to expertise to help improve the quality of research across a range of disciplines, both locally and nationally.

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Centre for Dementia Studies

At the Centre for Dementia Studies (CDS), we work to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia and their family carers by improving the quality of treatment and care they receive.

Patients and carers are at the heart of our work, which ranges from applied health research and education to policy in dementia. We are a joint venture between BSMS and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research

BSMS has become a prestigious Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research – one of only five in the UK.

The centre supports researchers working in global health and tropical medicine to develop their careers, and fosters interchange between institutions in the UK and those based in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Read more about the Centre for Global Health Research >

Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre

The Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) is a purpose-built interdisciplinary research, imaging and teaching facility that draws together a dynamic range of researchers and their interests.

A joint venture between the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Schools of Psychology and Life Sciences at the University of Sussex, it works to facilitate cutting-edge, world-class research into areas as diverse as addiction, emotion, consciousness, psychophysiological mechanisms, neurological disorders, cognitive and social performance, inflammatory disorders, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

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Support and governance

The BSMS research team offers support at every level – from specialised technical assistance to the fine details of making funding applications.

We also provide guidance on working with human tissues and a comprehensive ethical scrutiny and governance process.

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Our state-of-the-art Medical Science Research Building and Trafford Centre offer researchers an outstanding resource with core laboratory facilities and specialist equipment, while our Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre offers a resource for translational research in oncology and neuroscience.

At the Royal Sussex County Hospital site we have built a Clinical Investigation and Research Unit – a 10-bedded facility for carrying out clinical studies in physiology and therapy. These four units represent a strong investment in our capacity to provide first-class resources for clinical research.

We also work closely with two centres based at the University of Sussex with specialisms in genetics and consciousness science: the Sussex Centre for Genome Damage and Stability and Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.

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Research degrees

Our world-class research environment offers a wide and exciting range of possibilities for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate research at BSMS spans basic science through to clinical projects, medical ethics and social science. You can study for a PhD, MD or MPhil.



Research networks

Brighton and Sussex Pain Network

Our network brings together basic scientists and clinicians within the South who have an interest in fighting pain. This includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, allied health professionals and laboratory scientists.

Read more about the Pain Network >