GOSH receives over £3.5m for research and innovation

28 Jun 2023, 11:31 a.m.

Sampler in a lab in the Zayed Centre for Research

GOSH has been awarded over £3.5m by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) for vital research and innovation equipment that will help to improve treatments for children.

The funding is part of a wider £96m award to 93 NHS organisations across England, which are all part of the NIHR’s wider infrastructure. This includes Biomedical Research Centres and Clinical Research Facilities, as well as NIHR’s Clinical Research Network.

The new equipment that will be purchased for our hospital includes state-of-the-art microscopes, a liquid nitrogen generator, a genomic sequencer and a specialised 3D-printer that can print medicines. It also included some more fundamental equipment such as trolleys, computers and data storage.

Many of our research platforms are running at full capacity with long waiting times due to a lack of equipment availability. This additional investment is really welcome and will facilitate faster translation of our research into the clinic, and ultimately help more patients.

A visit from the Health and Social Care Secretary

To tie in with the announcement, the Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay, Steve Barclay MP, visited our hospital. He met a patient family involved in a research trial, and staff from across the hospital which showcased the difference that research and innovation is making to patients and families.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:

“The NHS and its staff have now served us for nearly 75 years and as we celebrate that achievement we want to make sure the health service is leading the way. This investment will also help the NHS continue to cut waiting lists – one of the government’s top five priorities.”

A group of 4 people, 3 men and a woman stand in a lab with labcoats on, behind them is a poster saying 'together we can do so much'
A woman in a headscarf is holding a small 3D printed pill and gesturing to a taller man in shite shirt with short grey hair.
A young girl in a blue t-shirt is sitting down with her back to the camera, stretching sideways to shake the hand of a man in a white shirt who is bending down to meet her. She is smiling and so is he.

Our aim at GOSH is to embed research and innovation at every level, involving all of our staff, so it’s fantastic that our proposal to distribute this large award across teams that support work right across the hospital can now be implemented – from nitrogen generators to genomic sequencing. This will support us to deliver research and innovation that will impact the lives of patients here at GOSH and far beyond.

Dr Jenny Rivers, Acting Director of Research and Innovation at GOSH
Jenny Rivers against a white background, with a bright pink smart top on.

We are delighted to have received the full list of equipment that we bid for and for the great feedback on our plans. This further investment from the NIHR will help to strengthen our ambitious plans for the next 5 years of the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research centre, remain abreast of technology development and translate research into new therapies for children with rare and complex diseases.

Professor Thomas Voit, Director of our NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre
Professor Thomas Voit stands in front of the GOSH entrance in a blue suit and spotty tie

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