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Research partners

Medical Research Council CentresMRC

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is a Government-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. The Council supports research across the spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals and in MRC centres in the UK and Africa. Our university partner, King’s College London, has five Medical Research Council centres:  

Experimental Medicine HubMedHub

Our Experimental Medicine Hub brings together a critical mass of research activity in one location based at Guy’s Hospital.

  • a Clinical Research Facility to provide scientists and clinicians with dedicated space for studies involving healthy volunteers and patients.
  • facility for phase-one drug research trials, including first-in-man studies, run by Quintiles - the world’s only fully integrated biopharmaceutical services company.
  • our National Institute for Health Research comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre’s Faculty of Translational Medicine, and the King’s Health Partners Clinical Trials Office with dedicated staff to advise on all aspects of commercial and non-commercial trials.
  • a cutting-edge pharmacy manufacturing unit producing medication on site for clinical trials, NHS patients and commercial sale.
  • a purpose-built stem cell laboratory where researchers contribute to increasing knowledge about diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease and a Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnostics (PGD). This is the largest PGD programme of its kind in the UK, providing treatment for approximately 200 couples each year.

Across King’s Health Partners there are specialist research centres focussing on certain clinical and scientific areas:Research 2

  • The Centre for Developmental Neurobiology aims to understand the mechanisms that control brain development and how deviations from the normal plan lead to disease. The Centre has a team of over 130 researchers and is part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.