Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research facilities
Enabling world-class health and care research to thrive
The Derriford Research Facility (DRF)
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.
This landmark investment by the University in to its biomedical and clinical research infrastructure, provides state-of-the-art laboratories and a rich, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment for University researchers, clinical colleagues and our partners.
Brain Research & Imaging Centre
The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.
With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.
The University of Plymouth Babylab
A research lab for the cognitive psychology of child development.
The Babylab was opened in 2006 in the School of Psychology, and is one of its most vibrant and productive research labs. It is run primarily by students.
Since its opening, the Babylab has attracted more than £1.5m in research grants, and has developed solid collaborations with Babylabs in prestigious universities, such as the University of Oxford and the University of Paris Descartes.
Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)Experts in developing, supporting and coordinating multi-centre clinical trials
The PenCTU is a leading academic clinical trials unit with expertise in designing, developing, supporting and co-ordinating high quality, multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies that will directly influence clinical and healthcare practice.Discover more about our Clinical Trials work
Research to improve health and health care
Dedicated team providing quantitative statistical / data analysis, database management and support across a wide range of biomedical and clinical research areas, trials and services for University, NHS and commercial partners.Find out more about Medical Statistics
The Research Design Service (RDS)
Plymouth Proteomics Research Group
Additional facilities with health applications
We also benefit from access to a range of non health specific facilities based within the wider University.
Plymouth Light Microscopy Service (PLiMS)
Light/confocal microscopy and image analysis service for bioimaging applications for academic and commercial partners.
Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC)
PEMC offers a comprehensive range of light microscopes, electron microscopes, imaging processing and analysis software providing support to a range of disciplines within the University, external research organisations and industry clients.