The Department of Medicine is a world-leading centre of excellence in biomedical research. With a broad research portfolio and a research income of over £60m, the department is a large multi-disciplinary environment delivering innovative, cutting-edge basic and translational research benefitting patients worldwide. Working closely alongside the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and facilitated by the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, our discovery research is quickly translated to advance patient healthcare for real life impact. Working alongside our partners worldwide, we drive international healthcare programmes, ensuring that we remain at the very forefront of global health research.
Our large research income is composed of awards from funding bodies across the landscape, including research councils, charities, NIHR, EU and industry. We are the only department nationally to hold 16 Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards since the scheme began in 2011 and we were awarded two NIHR Research Professorships. We currently lead three large EU Horizon 2020 Collaborative programmes (PERFORM, MOCHA, EAVI) and last year we were successful in receiving an MRC UK Dementia Platforms award and establishing an MRC Addiction Research Clinical Training programme (MARC). Our on-going commitment to support early career investigators and intermediate level researchers is reflected by many personal awards in the last year.
We are committed to promoting multi-disciplinary collaboration and harnessing strengths in strategic priority areas. In 2015, the department led for the college on the creation of the Antimicrobial Research Collaborative @ Imperial (ARC), a cross-college initiative with the aim of consolidating multidisciplinary strengths in antimicrobial research across the college to address the urgent global antimicrobial resistance crisis. This initiative was launched last year at a high profile event chaired by Dame Sally Davies.
Explore the research divisions within the Department of Medicine
The Division of Brain Sciences’ mission is to develop and sustain a unique portfolio of translational research in neuroscience and mental health that is recognised internationally for scientific excellence, leading innovation in patient care, and creating a dynamic environment for training the leaders of the next generation.
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
The Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism focuses on gastroenterology, hepatology, endocrinology, diabetes and general metabolism. This unites our strengths in cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and pathology, producing a genuinely translational approach to medicine.
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Immunology and Inflammation
Immunology and Inflammation research shares the common goal of integrating discovery science with clinical medicine to treat or prevent diseases of global importance, across microbiology, virology, autoimmunity and inflammation. Our groups form one of the largest centres for infection, immunology and inflammation research in Europe.
The work of the Division of Infectious Diseases covers the full range from basic molecular science to clinical trials and epidemiology. There is a particularly strong focus on persistent and oncogenic viral infections, molecular microbiology, and Tuberculosis, led by over 70 principal investigators.