About us

Welcome to the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, it combines on a single site scientific research in world-class institutes, patient care in NHS hospitals, and drug discovery in pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

It reaches out to scientists on the campus and beyond to ensure that their discoveries are pulled into the NHS, where clinical researchers can use them, in partnership with the life sciences industry, to improve health.

Prof Miles Parkes
Professor Miles Parkes, Director NIHR Cambridge BRC

It creates an environment that engages patients and the public, trains and nurtures the next generation of researchers, promotes equality and diversity and encourages all staff working in the NHS to engage in research.

The NIHR Cambridge BRC funds and supports research in cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, dementia, disorders of the nervous system and mental health, infections and their resistance to antibiotics, obesity and diabetes, bone disease, digestive disorders and the effect of nutrition, diet and lifestyle on health, transplantation and the use of stem cells to repair tissues, and women’s and children’s health.

In addition, the NIHR Cambridge BRC has received funding from the Government to establish the NIHR BioResource for Translational Research in Common and Rare Diseases, building on the success of the NIHR BioResource and NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration.

A parallel designation and funding of the Cambridge Clinical Research Facility as an NIHR Clinical Research Facility for Experimental Medicine was awarded for the period 2017 – 2022.

I invite you now to read through our work to gain a better understanding of the NIHR Cambridge BRC and hope you will consider supporting and joining us in future projects.

Professor Miles Parkes, Director NIHR Cambridge BRC


NIHR Cambridge BRC welcome video

Delivering research during the pandemic

In this podcast we hear from a number of clinicians and researchers from the NIHR Cambridge BRC about the extraordinary experience of running multiple life-saving research programs during the pandemic.

We hear about the incredible collaboration across NHS Trusts the University of Cambridge and NIHR, the bravery of staff and patients who took part and the enormous challenge of setting up research programs as a global pandemic unfolded. 

Discover more about the NIHR Cambridge BRC

Contact us by phone, email or web for more information.

Events Calendar

Listing relevant events and training sessions for researchers and members of the public.