Why we do research

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)’s mission is to provide world-class clinical care and training for the benefit of children in the UK and worldwide. This means that it is also our mission to pioneer new research and treatments for the children that we see at GOSH, particularly the very sick children coming through intensive care.

Our research includes:

  • Developing novel, improved diagnostics for our patients and the wider population. 

  • Developing innovative and cutting-edge treatments and therapies for our patients.

  • Performing high quality clinical trials of academic and industry-led medicines and therapeutics.

  • Evaluating the impact and progression of disease and our interventions.

What does this mean for your and your child?

Much of our research needs your help. It is possible that while your child is a patient at GOSH, you will be approached by a research nurse to ask if you would like to participate in our research. It is entirely up to you whether you participate or want to find out more about the research project.

What sorts of things are we doing at the moment?

Below are some of the research projects currently underway in this department along with a short description. You can click on their title to find out more about them. There is also more information available on the Institute of Cardiovascular Studies website.

  • Complications after heart surgery in children
    There have been rapid improvements in outcomes after heart surgery in children over the last 15 years, but complications can still happen. This study is working with four other hospitals in the UK and academics from University College London to understand which complications are most important to children, families and clinicians, how often they occur and what the impact is on quality of life afterwards.