Facilities & Services

Our research is supported by specialist facilities across Nottingham. In addition we have strong links with the clinical divisions of Nottingham University Hospitals and work in collaboration with regional and national research networks, giving our researchers access to state of the art facilities.

Each of our six research themes is based in specialist facilities and they work in close collaboration with the NIHR Nottingham Clinical Research Facilities on early phase research.

Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders

Our dedicated state-of-the-art translational research facility includes:
· a four-bedded area suitable for intensive monitoring, in-vivo physiology investigations and interventions
· research endoscopy facility
· two outpatient consultation rooms
· patient reception area
· dedicated laboratory including anaerobic cabinets for biological sampling, processing and storage
These are based at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Hearing

We offer some of the best infrastructure in the UK for supporting early-phase translational research in the hearing sciences.

Our testing suite includes:
· two large sound-insulated booths
· three quiet testing rooms and
· a dedicated, child-friendly room equipped for work with children and their families

Our sound-insulated booths are fully equipped for clinical and experimental assessments of human hearing. We can assess different parts of the ear using high-frequency audiometry, tympanometry, and otoscopy assessments.

We also have specialised equipment for conducting tests that are not part of routine audiology practice, such as characterising the psychoacoustic properties of tinnitus, measuring selective attention and working memory and general cognitive performance.

Our Hearing research facilities are based at Ropewalk House in the centre of Nottingham.

Mental Health and Technology

We work with:
· the Institute of Mental Health, which includes eight centres of excellence covering dementia, translational neuroimaging and mood disorders
· MindTech, one of 11 MedTech and In-vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs) each concentrating on different areas of unmet need
· Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute– the UK’s leading multidisciplinary research hub in digital technologies

Our facilities are based at the Institute of Mental Health.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) is a world-leading centre for translational research. The centre combines the expertise and multidisciplinary skills of both MR physicists and clinical academics.

· Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

An interdisciplinary, cross-faculty centre for innovative imaging in experimental and translational medicine, bringing together researchers who develop new medical imaging techniques with clinicians and scientists who use them.

The centre spans two sites: one based on University Park and the other in the Medical School, based at the Queen’s Medical Centre campus of Nottingham University Hospitals.

Musculoskeletal disease

Based in the Clinical Sciences Building at Nottingham City Hospital campus our facilities include:
· a dedicated clinical assessment suite
· range of assessment tools (for muscle strength, hand grip, quantitative sensory testing, ultrasound, gait analysis, balance, and validated questionnaires), and
· state-of-the-art laboratories.

We also work across a number of other facilities including the human physiology laboratories within the School of Life Sciences on the Queen’s Medical Centre campus and the Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine facilities at the Derby Royal Hospital campus provide world-leading facilities for human physiology-based investigations.

Respiratory

Our research is supported by:
· a dedicated Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) at Nottingham City Hospital.
· a full suite of laboratories at both the Clinical Sciences Building at Nottingham City Hospital and at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
· a very large research tissue repository with in excess of 80,000 tissues and easy access to endoscopy, CT, MRI and other diagnostic facilities at Nottingham University Hospitals.