Derriford Research Facility

From brain tumours to vaccines, tissue regeneration to new cancer drugs, our state-of-the-art centre brings together all of the university’s lab-based research to focus on the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, enhance patient outcomes and improve global healthcare.

Located adjacent to the University’s Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at Plymouth Science Park, and next to Derriford Hospital, the facility allows greater collaboration between medical, dental and biomedical researchers at the university, as well as with research clinicians from University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

World-class research

From brain tumours to vaccines, tissue regeneration to hepatitis, antibiotic resistance to innovative cancer drugs, research at the DRF focuses on the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat devastating diseases, enhance patient outcomes and improve global healthcare.

Research into cancer, clinical neuroscience and infection, immunity, inflammation, is facilitated by cross-cutting expertise in diagnostics, clinical trials and public health research.

The Derriford Research Facility is home to the University of Plymouth’s internationally renowned Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence.

State-of-the-art facilities

The new Derriford Research Facility incorporates a range of cutting edge technical capabilities including:

Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research

From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, our thriving community conducts adventurous world-leading research.
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Support the Derriford Research Facility

Our scientists are successful at securing funding from traditional sources of research grants, but we also recognise the importance of and are grateful for donations from interested individuals, charities, businesses and other organisations.

With an impressive list of health conditions under investigation, supporting the Derriford Research Facility is an ideal opportunity to ensure that your donation goes towards a health issue dear to you. It is also a good opportunity to support world-class research within the South West.

More information about ways to support the Derriford Research Facility.