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Bristol CRF

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Bristol Clinical Research Facility

Bristol's new Clinical Research Facility (CRF) run by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust has received national funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) as part of a £161 million investment to expand the delivery of early phase clinical research in NHS hospitals across England The funding begins in September 2022, when the Bristol CRF will formally become the NIHR Bristol CRF.

Professor David Wynick, Director of NIHR Bristol CRF, said: "The establishment of the Bristol CRF and confirmation of NIHR funding is fantastic news and will enable the Facility to deliver a major increase in the number of high quality and safe clinical studies that will directly benefit patients. It means we can offer more cutting-edge research than we would otherwise have been able to do, driving forward innovation and helping to identify new treatments for patients."

The Bristol CRF brings together early phase translational and experimental medicine research studies at UHBW and the University of Bristol into a single management and governance structure, covering research in a variety of areas, with a focus on cancer and immunity-based treatments and vaccine development and testing.

If you are a commercial company looking for local sites for your trials and are interested in finding out more about our CRF, a prospective researcher considering undertaking a study in the CRF or an existing researcher, user or sponsor of a clinical trial currently being undertaken in one of the UHBW CRF sites, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


MRI scanning

The CRF houses a 3 Tesla Siemens Magnetom Skyra MRI Scanner. Clinical MRI scanning is currently provided, booked and managed by the Division of Specialised Services. These activities are separate from the CRF.

Booking of research MRI scans is currently limited and potential users wishing to include MRI scan costs in grant applications are requested to contact us well in advance of the submission date to discuss timings, availability and costings.


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