Derriford Research Facility

Derriford Research Facility

The University is proud to have built a prestigious £17 million facility to provide a research-intensive environment to investigate cancer; infection, immunity and inflammation; and neurodegenerative diseases, including:

Brain tumours, dementia, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, antibiotic resistance, oral cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Ebola and bovine tuberculosis.

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Thousands affected by devastating diseases

So many diseases are without a cure, such as brain tumours, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. 

Currently, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and around 127,000 people living with Parkinson's, with another person diagnosed every hour. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and the under-40 with brain cancer deaths rising; unlike other forms of cancers. 

The University has a growing body of world-leading scientists undertaking cutting-edge research in health and medicine. Now, the facility in which this crucial research is carried out can accommodate further growth and house new equipment, capitalising on open lab spaces which encourage collaboration by design.

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Accelerating research towards a cure

Our research teams are now established in the new facility with hi-tech equipment available to accelerate our world-leading research ever-closer to finding treatments, cures, and vaccines against some of the biggest health issues faced today.

The facility is purposefully placed between our existing Faculty of Health, and Derriford Hospital to create powerful collaborations between our research teams, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to push discoveries through our 'bench to bedside and back' research strategy.

Building on our strengths

With leading expertise from around the globe we've made significant headway in many areas of research.

We're ranked 1st in the UK for Research Output in Clinical Medicine by the Research Excellence Framework and we are in partnership with the charity Brain Tumour Research, and house a Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence. 

The DRF will build on these strengths with the potential to attract more of the greatest minds in medicine to Plymouth. Our collaborations and networks will be far reaching and draw the attention of prominent commercial partners to fast-track our research into clinical trials.

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Biomedical and healthcare sciences

We need your support

Building this DRF demonstrates our commitment to growing world-leading research.

We need your help to raise £1.5 million to grow our teams with PhD studentships, and to purchase vital equipment to push our pioneering research forward.

A key factor is the provision of modern state of the art facilities. Unfortunately, most grants, even from prestigious national bodies, do not cover these critical areas. Although Plymouth is a ‘young’ medical school and our teams are doing outstanding work with what they already have, we desperately need to expand that infrastructure if they are to thrive.

How you can support the Derriford Research Facility