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    Our new National Institute for Health and Care Research Biomedical Research Centre for Exeter is the first of its kind in the South West Peninsula.

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    • A female researcher carries out an experiment in a lab
    • A phage inserting its DNA into a bacterium
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    • DNA molecules
    • A female researcher carries out gene therapy in a lab
    • Closeup shot of an scientist working with samples in a lab.

    One of 20 Biomedical Research Centres funded by the NIHR in the UK, we use cutting edge translational research to improve health outcomes for patients and the public. By translating scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies for the people of the South West we are helping to address the biggest health issues affecting people in our communities today.

    BBC Spotlight coverage of the announcement

    Our partnership brings together world-class medical research leaders from across the region, including clinical and laboratory scientists, doctors, nurses, and data experts. Their technical knowledge is partnered with expertise from patients, carers, and families to identify and drive forward important new research.

    Putting people at the centre of our research

    We place patients and the public at the heart of what we do, ensuring that people have a right to help shape publicly funded research and have the opportunity to make decisions, shape, and learn about research.

    Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) means involving and engaging people with research. There are lots of opportunities to take part in a wide range of health and care research across the South West. We are building a database of people who want to take part in research, including by joining dedicated patient groups. Email the PPIE team to express your interest in joining a group.

    Our research themes

    We work collaboratively with our South West NHS partners to improve diagnosis, treatment and care across five core themes, helping to address the most pressing health issues facing the people in our region. Our research themes are:

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    Text: Diabetes, linked to webpage
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