On the 18 January 2017 the research leads of Southampton’s new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre came together with colleagues to discuss its work over the next five years.
In September 2016 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded nearly £15 million to Southampton researchers. Funding a new NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, this five year award brings together in one centre our strengths in clinical nutrition and respiratory research, data science, microbial science and behavioural science.
Researchers and collaborators form across our existing NIHR facilities and beyond came together at the BRC Science Day to discuss the centre's strategy, their ambitions for the centre and to explore new ideas, collaborations and links.
The first half of the event focussed on the centre's plans, with an introduction from director-designate Professor Robert Read followed by talks and open-floor discussions covering the nutrition, respiratory and cross-cutting research themes – data science, behavioural science and microbial science.
Those cross-cutting themes formed the focus for the three afternoon sessions, exploring ideas and potential collaborations across across scientific and clinical disciplines.
A great start
This day was the start of the BRC's engagment and events with the local research community, generating plenty of buzz, new ideas and connections by the end of the day.
Through this day, and more like it, the BRC leadership team aim to bring the researchers who will form the new centre closer together, to help shape its success from April 2017 onwards.