Digital Infrastructure delivery, NIHR BioMedical Research Centre

Academic Lead: Professor Alejandro Frangi

Head of Operations/Digital Strategy: Ruth Norris

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) funds the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to provide experimental medicine infrastructure funding across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) hosts the BRC in partnership with the University of Manchester , The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, GM Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester BRC drives forward experimental medicine across a range of research themes which are grouped into four clusters: Inflammation, Cancer, High Burden Under Researched Conditions and Disease Complexity as areas where the region has demonstrable strength and which will work collaboratively to improve patient outcomes and embed, build, and accelerate personalised health and care for all.

Digital Infrastructure is a key component of the NIHR BRC’s delivery strategy, and includes: Providing digital infrastructure support across individual projects across clinical and research themes; provision of the Greater Manchester Care Record for research and participation NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative. conducting health research using shared data, as part of the national data sharing programme.

NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative (HIC)

  • Sharing and reuse of clinical data for research across a national network of NHS trusts.
  • The NIHR HIC network facilitates the equitable re-use of NHS data for translational research by sharing routinely collected data under clinical themes for research purposes.
  • Manchester BRC trusts currently participate in 8 NIHR HIC themes (CVD/Covid19, Hearing Health, Colorectal cancer, Transfusion dependent anaemia, Renal, Critical care, Diabetes, Viral hepatitis).
  • For more information on Manchester’s activities, see or email


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