Who we are
The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and hosted by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with King's College London.
We bring together scientists, clinicians, allied health professionals, service users and carers from across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London.
Our leadership group consists of clinicians and academics working in mental health, neurology, novel therapeutics and informatics.
Our Service User Advisory Group guides our research priorities and activities, and we are managed and governed by an Executive Board, Management Committee and external independent Scientific Advisory Board.
We are also part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.
The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth. It manages research and development within the UK's National Health Service (NHS) – we are part of the NIHR infrastructure and one of 20 NIHR Biomedical Research Centres in England. Nationally, Biomedical Research Centres lead the development of ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for patients across a wide range of illnesses.
What we do
We are researching novel tests, treatments and technologies to understand and treat mental disorders. Our aim is to accelerate the translation of the latest scientific discoveries into first-in-man clinical trials and other well designed studies. The findings from these studies can then be developed and implemented to produce new tests and treatments for people with mental and neurological disorders.
Our nine research themes are:
- Child Mental Health and Neurological Disorders
- Digital Therapies
- Eating Disorders and Obesity
- Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics
- Pain and Addictions
- Psychosis and Mood Disorders
- Trials, Prediction and Genomics
How we work
We support clinical research infrastructure, which includes research facilities and clinical research staff such as research nurses, technicians and technology specialists.
Our infrastructure bridges the gap between basic discovery research and early phase clinical trials. We also use our funds to help provide start-up costs for pilot studies to test new ideas in experimental medicine and translational research.
Lastly, we fund training in experimental medicine and neuroscience to ensure there is a new generation of clinical academic researchers ready to meet future healthcare challenges.
We are closely linked to:
- the NIHR / Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility
- as well as numerous local and national academic, industry and charity partners.
2007 The NIHR Maudsley BRC was established. NIHR BRCs were commissioned through an open national competition, with applications judged by an international panel of scientific experts.
We received two further rounds of five-year funding from the Department of Health through NIHR.
April 2017 We received a £66m award taking us up to March 2022.
Following NIHR’s decision to discontinue the specialist Biomedical Research Units which operated 2011-2018, the work of the Maudsley Dementia Biomedical Research Unit (BRU-D) is being continued and expanded upon in the NIHR Maudsley BRC as a theme dedicated to dementia and related disorders.
2018 In September 2018 the NIHR Maudsley BRC joined the newly formed NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (TRC). The NIHR Mental Health TRC will carry out much-needed scientific research to help transform the lives of those affected by mental illness.
December 2022 We received a £41m award taking us to November 2027.
The BRC will continue its work in developing new capabilities in digital therapeutics, alongside established and world-leading programmes on informatics, child mental health, psychosis and eating disorders.
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