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Research facilities

Medical Research Building and Trafford Centre

BSMS' state-of-the-art Medical Research Building and Trafford Centre on Sussex campus provide an outstanding resource for around 70 medical research scientists, working on cell signalling, developmental biology, neuro-inflammation, human genetics, cancer, infection and immunity.

The laboratories include facilities for:

  • Molecular biology
  • Tissue culture
  • Drosophila growth
  • Advanced microscopy
  • Flow cytometry (Becton Dickinson LSR II)
  • Cell sorting (Becton Dickinson Aria II)
  • Histology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Containment (level 2 and 3 labs)
  • Biobanking (-80⁰C and liquid nitrogen)

Medical research building

These facilities support a number of processes in both basic research where maximum flexibility is required as well as clinical trials where samples can be processed, analysed and stored in the BSMS Biobank according to regulated guidelines.

The laboratories are managed by a team of four who provide training in laboratory techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students and clinical research fellows. For any requirements, please contact the Technical and Administrative Supervisor, Kim Bowman (

CISC scanner

Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre

The Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) provides resources for translational research in oncology and neuroscience and houses a 1.5T Siemens MRI and 64-slice PET/CT scanners.

The scanners and associated software were upgraded at a cost of £212k in late 2012. In addition, CISC is equipped with a unique set of facilities for combining MRI with physiological and neurophysiological measurements.

CISC is now established as a centre for scanning of patients enrolled into Phase II and III interventional treatment trials for neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disorders.

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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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