Support Our Research
The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Saint Mary's, Eye Hospital, Dental Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary are all involved in research and training as well as providing healthcare to patients. The Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is also based here, and brings together experts from the NHS and the University of Manchester. It supports the work of scientists, doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals in discovering new ways to diagnose and treat diseases, and then make them available to patients. Click here to find out more about the BRC.
New therapies and medicines need to be tested, and a growing number of our patients are getting involved in clinical trials. The new Wellcome Trust Children's Clinical Research Facility (CCRF) is located in the Children's Hospital, and there is an adult Facility nearby where older teenagers are already involved in trials. Specialist doctors and nurses run the clinical trials in a safe, carefully monitored environment.
Dr Nick Webb runs the Wellcome Trust CCRF, and explains how important it is to make sure new medicines are safe for children and young people: "It's not simply a case of reducing the adult dose of a medicine to make it suitable for babies, children and young people. Doctors need to tailor treatments specifically for them, taking into account factors not necessarily important in adults, including growth and development.
"Many children who are treated at our hospitals and their families are keen to take part in trials of new treatments for long term conditions such as cancer, kidney disease and metabolic disorders, as well as acute problems such as burns and other injuries."
Your consultant may ask you and your family if you would like to take part in trials of new treatments or other research, and it's entirely up to you to decide whether you want to.