The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the UK’s largest mental health trust, and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London, Europe’s leading academic centre for mental health research. We are also part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.
What we do
We are researching new tests, treatments and theories in mental health, neurology, and dementia. Our aim is to accelerate the translation of the latest scientific discoveries into first-in-man clinical trials and other well designed studies. The findings from these studies can then be developed and implemented to produce new tests and treatments for people with mental and neurological disorders. Our research priorities are focused around novel treatments, precision medicine, translational informatics and mental-physical health.
Who we are
NIHR manages research and development within the UK's National Health Service (NHS) – we are part of the NIHR infrastructure and one of 20 NIHR Biomedical Research Centres in England. Nationally, Biomedical Research Centres lead the development of ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for patients across a wide range of illnesses.
We bring together scientists, clinicians, allied health professionals, service users and carers from across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. Our leadership team consists of clinicians and academics working in mental health, neurology, and dementia. Our Service User Advisory Group guides our research priorities and activities, and we are managed and governed by an Executive Board, Management Committee and external independent Scientific Advisory Board.
How we work
We support clinical research infrastructure, which includes research facilities and clinical research staff such as research nurses, technicians and technology specialists. Our infrastructure bridges the gap between basic discovery research and early phase clinical trials. We also use our funds to help provide start-up costs for pilot studies to test new ideas in experimental medicine and translational research. Lastly, we fund training in experimental medicine and neuroscience to ensure there is a new generation of clinical academic researchers ready to meet future healthcare challenges.
We are closely linked to the NIHR / Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility, the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London, as well as numerous local and national academic, industry and charity partners.
In September 2018 the NIHR Maudsley BRC joined the newly formed NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (TRC). The NIHR Mental Health TRC will carry out much-needed scientific research to help transform the lives of those affected by mental illness.
The NIHR Maudsley BRC was originally established in 2007. NIHR BRCs were commissioned through an open national competition, with applications judged by an international panel of scientific experts. We have since received two further rounds of five-year funding from the Department of Health through NIHR, with our latest £66m award taking us up to March 2022. Following NIHR’s decision to discontinue the specialist Biomedical Research Units which operated 2011-2018, the work of the Maudsley Dementia Biomedical Research Unit (BRU-D) is being continued and expanded upon in the NIHR Maudsley BRC as a theme dedicated to dementia and related disorders.