The Brighton National Institute for Health (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility
The Brighton National Institute for Health (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is located at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
The unit forms part of a UK-wide network of experimental medicine facilities, funded by the NHIR to support the delivery of translational research.
The CRF has 'wet' and 'dry' facilities that allow researchers to carry out clinical studies across a range of disciplines. It is fully equipped with the necessary medical observation equipment required to monitor patient and healthy volunteer performance while engaged in clinical examinations and trials.
Wet facilities include dedicated blood and tissue processing laboratories that support the rapid processing, archiving and testing of human samples in line with research protocols. The dry facility comprises clinical rooms that ensure research participants are afforded the best standards of privacy and dignity. There is a multifunctional physiology lab equipped with ultrasound, echocardiography and vascular monitoring equipment, as well as a dedicated full body research DEXA scanner.
In- and day-patient accommodation provides a safe and secure environment in which to conduct day case and over-night examinations of research participants. In these areas the unit supports a diverse range of studies involving the administration of drugs, chemotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, GMOs and radiopharmaceuticals. The CRF is staffed by a core team of clinicians with wide-ranging expertise.
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