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The National Institute for Health and Care Research Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Birmingham BRC) translates new scientific discoveries into treatments and diagnostics to improve people’s health. We focus on inflammation and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of its associated long-term diseases.

We are part of the NIHR and hosted by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

Cutting-edge inflammation research

Our vision is to be a world-leading centre for translational research into inflammatory diseases.

Inflammation causes or worsens many common long-term illnesses including arthritis, liver disease and cancer. More than 50% of the UK’s population have at least one inflammatory disease, and over 50% of deaths worldwide are attributable to long-term diseases related to inflammation. This makes tackling inflammatory conditions a major NHS and global priority.

At the Birmingham BRC, we test and deliver new treatments for these diseases, most of which have no cure or treatments to improve quality of life. Thanks to our ability to work with the West Midlands’ uniquely diverse population, our research is relevant not only on a local and national level, but also on a global scale.

Our collaborative approach

Working with the public

We work closely with patients and members of the public who advise us on how to carry out our research and what to do with the findings.

Working with partners

We collaborate with industry and charity partners of all sizes to maximise the impact of our research.

About the NIHR

The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.