Blood and Transplant Research Units

NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Units (BTRUs)

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding for translational research in blood and transplantation was awarded for five years from 1st October 2015.

Funding of £15M was awarded to establish four NIHR BTRUs. These were established following open competition and are partnerships between NHSBT and higher education institutes.

The NIHR BTRUs represent centres of excellence in human translational medicine related to blood and transplantation.

As multidisciplinary centres of excellence, the NIHR BTRUs support the needs of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for research to improve the supply of blood, blood products, stem cells and tissues, and organs for transplantation by:

  • creating an environment where world-class research, focused on the needs of NHSBT and the patients it serves, can thrive;
  • translating advances in research into benefits for users of NHSBT’s services;
  • focusing on areas of greatest priority, and
  • providing high-quality research evidence to inform decision making by NHSBT.

BTRUs have been set up in the following areas:

(University of Cambridge)

(University of Cambridge with the University of Newcastle)

(University College London)

(University of Bristol)

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