Our research

Carrying out research into the best way to fight children’s illnesses has been one of our three main ambitions ever since our hospital opened in 1852.

We’ve come a long way since then and, with our research partner the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH), we now form the largest paediatric centre in Europe dedicated to both clinical and basic scientific research.

We are committed to carrying out pioneering research to find treatments and cures for some of the most complex illnesses, for the benefit of children here in the UK and worldwide.

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and ICH were awarded NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) status in 2007, and had the award renewed in 2011. This was in recognition of the research conducted in the organisation. We hold NIHR Biomedical Research Centre status in recognition of our leading research. We are the only specialist BRC for paediatrics in the UK.

Our long-term commitment to instigating, supporting and delivering cutting-edge research means there are a wide variety of research projects under way at GOSH at any given time.

Every year around two hundred research projects are started, while at any one time there are roughly five hundred research projects active at the Trust.

All research taking place at GOSH is structured around our six clinical areas:

  • Critical Care and Cardio-Respiratory
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
  • Infection, Cancer and Immunity
  • Medicine
  • Neurosciences
  • Surgery

This work is strengthened by collaborative research conducted with teams from the five academic programmes of the ICH:

  • Developmental Biology and Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Physiological Medicine
  • Population, Policy and Practice

Academics at ICH and clinicians at GOSH work together to continue our integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood disease. Since many staff hold appointments at both institutions, GOSH and ICH researchers are able to translate research undertaken in laboratories into actual trials in the hospital. We can ensure research offers a real benefit to the children at GOSH, elsewhere in the NHS and internationally.

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