The newly founded multidisciplinary Centre for Trauma Sciences Research (CTSR) provides a focal point that links preclinical and clinical researchers working across the University of Birmingham campus on wide ranging translational trauma science projects. It has three core objectives:
- To generate a pipeline of novel preclinical research projects and move them rapidly along the translational pathway from conception towards clinical adoption;
- To act as the hub of a national network of trauma science research laboratories, being the ‘go to’ Centre for near-patient testing, consultancy, information and access to key academic, commercial, regulatory and clinical partnerships;
- To build significant research capacity by training a substantive cohort of early career trauma research scientists (clinical and non-clinical) who will drive future trauma research to address the acknowledged research capacity deficit in trauma in the UK.
The CTSR interfaces closely with the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre, the Physical Sciences for Health Centre, the Healthcare Technologies Institute, the NIHR Trauma MedTech, the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research and the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in order to deliver a step change in technology development and clinical treatment of trauma.