School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Research Facilities

The University has invested more than £100 million in research and teaching  infrastructure across the Health Sciences and Royal Victoria Hospital Campuses, and will invest a further £350m in buildings and facilities across the University over the next ten years to support the University’s Vision 2020.

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (Health Sciences Campus)

The flagship Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology building opened in 2007. The Centre has forged ahead as a global leader with its first-class facilities and was designated as a Cancer Research UK Centre in 2009 in association with Northern Ireland's Health and Social Care Research and Development Office and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences Campus)

The Health Sciences Building which opened in 2010 houses clinical and basic science researchers working to develop new avenues for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine Building (Health Sciences Campus)

The new £32 m facility for the Centre for Experimental Medicine opened in 2015 and houses some 40 principal investigators and their teams specialising in research into finding cures for eye disease, respiratory disorders and vascular complications linked to diabetes. 

An interdisciplinary research facility, it is the latest phase in the development of the Institute for Health Sciences estate and is designed to enhance its internationally recognised excellence in education and research.  It has been funded through a series of grants and philanthropic donations from the UK Research Investment Fund (UKRPIF), The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Wellcome Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Insight Trust for the Visually Impaired and the Queen's University of Belfast Foundation.

The Institute has an internal area of 9,000m², providing accommodation for some 330 members of staff. Although just opened the facility is already receiving accolades.  Queen's Contractor O’Hare & McGovern was announced as the ‘Overall Winner’ of the Construction Excellence Awards 2015 in recognition of its work on the building.

Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility  (Health Sciences Campus)

The new Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility was established in 2013 with funding from the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation to provide state-of-the-art facilities to support clinical research.  The NICRF is a joint venture with the Health and Social Care, Queen's University and the University of Ulster. Based in Belfast City Hospital, the NICRF has the infrastructure to support clinical trials from conception to completion. With dedicated staff, the NICRF allows researchers to access a specialised area for clinical research, including equipment not available in the NHS. It contains ten clinical rooms, a blood processing facility and a diet kitchen for nutrition studies.

Core Technologies

Building on existing core technologies, including the Biological Services Unit, new Advanced Imaging, Advanced Mass Spectroscopy, Functional Genomics and Informatics facilities are now being further developed.