Derriford Research Facility

Welcome to the Derriford Research Facility (DRF)

The new headquarters of the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED), the University of Plymouth’s flagship medical research institute.

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.

This exciting new facility, located at Plymouth Science Park, adjacent to the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) and neighbouring Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, is part of the University’s £27 million investment in medical research to accelerate translation into patient care and improved outcomes for people living with devastating conditions.

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 our core themes of 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 University Systems Biology Centre – genomics, proteomics, Next Generation Sequencing and quantitative mass spectrometry.
  • Bioimaging and Light Microscopy Facility – Light, confocal and electron microscopes and associated image analysis systems.
  • HPLC / LCMS analytical services.
  • Microarray platform technology.
  • Level 2 and 3 containment facilities.
  • Cell / tissue culture and analysis facilities.
  • Flow cytometry / FACS suite.
  • Extracellular Flux Analysis.
  • Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).
  • Biobanks / tissue banks.
  • Novel cell / tissue model technologies.

Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED)

The University of Plymouth’s flagship medical research institute – home to our World-class clinical and biomedical research.

Find out more about ITSMED and its research.

Our researchers

Meet the academic, research and technical staff working at ITSMED's Derriford Research Facility
Find out more about the team

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.