Our research partners

We have a number of research partners who work with us to further our research activities, from UK research councils and medical charities to the diagnostic and biotechnology sectors.

Imperial College London

The Trust has a long-standing and highly successful research partnership with the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI), which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. Together, the Trust and NHLI form the most successful partnership in England for both respiratory and cardiovascular research. Find out more

Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC)

We are part of Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). This is a partnership between:

  • Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College London
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Together, our mission is to advance medicine and improve the quality of life of NHS patients, and patients around the world. We aim to take the discoveries we make through our research and put them into practice in healthcare as quickly as possible by introducing new therapies and techniques. 

This is done through the coordination and alignment of patient care, education and research activities across the AHSC partners.

Imperial College AHSC was the first AHSC to be established in the UK in 2007. 

The AHSC works closely with Imperial College Health Partners, which brings together the academic and health science communities across the broader North West London region.

Find out more about the AHSC.

Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science (ICMS)

With our partner, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we established the ICMS in 2011, with the aim of combining clinical and research expertise in order to improve outcomes for patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, congenital and inherited heart disease, and diseases of the aorta and valves.

Read more about ICMS

Imperial College Health Partners & North West London Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

Imperial College Health Partners and the AHSN brings together NHS providers across North West London and will act as the driving force for collaborative working between the NHS, academia and industry across the sector to deliver improvements in patient care and population health, generate value for the taxpayer, support and develop our staff and create wealth for the economy.

Read more about the AHSN.

NIHR London (North West) Comprehensive Local Research Network

As a member of London (North West) CLRN, the Trust benefits with support from the Network. We have close working relations and share best practice across the NHS organisations within our region, which serves a diverse population of two million people.

Read more about the NW London Comprehensive Local Research Network

NIHR Translational Research Partnerships

NIHR Translational Research Partnerships (TRPs) were established to bring together world-class investigators in the UK’s leading academic and NHS centres to support collaboration with the life sciences industry in early and exploratory development of new drugs and other interventions.

The Trust is a member of the NIHR Translational Research Partnerships (TRP) in inflammatory respiratory disease and along with our academic partner Imperial College and Imperial College Health Care Trust comprises one of nine centres involved in the TRP. These nine centres of research excellence were selected to work together based on their proven ability to deliver in experimental medicine and translational research. NIHR TRPs offer industry partners the chance to work with leading academic and NHS organisations, sharing risk and reward through genuine collaboration. As members of a TRP, each centre has committed to work with industry through NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure – their consistent, single point of contact.  

Find out more

Clinical partnerships

The Trust has a number of clinical partnerships with neighbouring NHS and partner primary care NHS organisations to facilitate and enhance research activities. In particular, the Trust has close working relations with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.