NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Awarded more than £60 million (2022-27), the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) brings together world-leading researchers based at the University and six of the country’s foremost NHS Trusts.

The Manchester BRC has a vision to drive health improvements and lasting change for all through creative, inclusive and proactive research that identifies and bridges gaps between new discoveries and individualised care.

It is the largest BRC outside the south-east of England, and the beating heart of translational research across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria, transforming scientific breakthroughs into diagnostic tests and life-saving treatments for patients.

Drawing on research strengths from across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Manchester BRC drives forward pioneering research within 13 different theme areas grouped into four clusters:

  • Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection, Advanced Radiotherapy, Cancer Precision Medicine and Living With and Beyond Cancer.
  • Inflammation: Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, Respiratory Medicine, Dermatology, Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine.
  • High-burden Under-researched Conditions: Hearing Health, Mental Health and Rare Conditions.
  • Disease Complexity and Multi-morbidity: Next Generation Therapeutics, Next Generation Phenotyping and Diagnostics.

The BRC is led by the University’s Vice Dean for Health and Care Partnerships at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Professor Ian Bruce, as Director.

It is hosted by The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

The Manchester BRC is supported by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre driving research in Health Innovation Manchester, and the Northern Health Science Alliance.

Find out more on the NIHR Manchester BRC website.