Research Institute

Bringing together clinical and scientific research teams in dedicated high quality research centres. 

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New Centre for Experimental Medicine

The new £32m Centre for Experimental Medicine opened in 2015.

This new centre will promote research excellence in Experimental Medicine acting as an integrative hub, linking various research elements and driving the invention and development of novel therapeutic compounds & molecular diagnostic tools through discovery science.

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Supporting Clinical Trials

The Institute has significantly invested in clinical infrastructure to support clinical trials.

This includes a UK Clinical Research Collaboration registered Clinical Trials Unit and a Wellcome Trust - Wolfson Clinical Research Facility. This is based within the Belfast City Hospital campus as part of the Health Sciences Campus and supports a range of clinical specialties to deliver clinical research.

Research Impact

The Institute drives research excellence and impact, delivering innovative solutions to the specific challenges we have identified in healthcare.

The Institute drives research excellence and impact, delivering innovative solutions to the specific challenges we have identified in healthcare. The Institute has the following aims:

  • Address key global challenges in health care by making scientific breakthroughs in mechanisms of disease, translating these to innovative therapeutics and preventive interventions to improve patient outcomes.
  • Establish lasting relationships with major funders for programmatic research and capacity building. This will include doctoral training, clinical academic programmes and postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Leverage scientific strengths with small and medium size enterprises and large pharmaceutical companies to develop externally funded competitive, collaborative programmes for discovery and translation.

The Institute is recognised for high quality biomedical and translational research and its impact on patient care in Northern Ireland, nationally and internationally, is the foremost strategic priority of the University.

Supported by national and international partners, the University has already invested over £100m in co-locating researchers in different areas of established excellence alongside the education centres for medicine, biomedical science and dentistry on the Health Sciences Campus and Royal Hospital Campus.

The Institute for Health Sciences synergises basic science, translational technologies, clinical and population sciences research, providing a critical mass of clinical and scientific investigators working in a cross-school, multidisciplinary manner. 

Research Themes

These themes have been chosen because they represent global and nationally-relevant health challenges and reflect our international reputation and existing research strengths. 

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Addressing Global Health Challenges

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Respiratory Disease

Existing Research Strengths

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Eye Health

Nationally-relevant Health Challenges

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Diabetic Vascular Complications

Effectively Translating Scientific Advancements

Research Centres

Together the centres will exploit our state of the art infrastructure to promote enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration and drive competitive programmatic research.


Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology








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