There are many steps in the development of a new treatment. From basic science research often conducted in University departments looking for new targets and potential therapies through to clinical trials for safety and efficacy before a new treatment can be adopted into clinical practice. Biomedical Research Centres help to bridge the gap in translating new discoveries into early phase experimental medicine.
The National Institute for Health Research began a network of Biomedical Research Centres in 2007 by funding University-Hospital partnerships to pull-through scientific discoveries into real benefits for patients.
There are now 20 Biomedical Research Centres around the UK. Sheffield is the only BRC dedicated to Neurology.