Welcome to the research hub


Research themes

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Research facilities

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Research objectives

See what we have planned for future research

Here at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, we are very proud of the research that we carry out.

Providing excellent care and facilities is central to all that we do, but there is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in research that helps us find cures and better treatments for our young patients now and in the future. As an organisation, research excellence is measured according to our recruitment onto clinical trials.

Currently there are around 200 active clinical trials and this year alone we have entered almost 2,000 patients into clinical trials – a record for the Trust – and next year we are forecasting even more. We have also beaten off stiff competition to be named by the NIHR as the paediatric lead centre for research into rare diseases. 

We carry out world-leading research and treatment for children with rare diseases which affect less than one in 100,000 children. Although rare diseases can affect many different parts of the body, the one thing that is common is that they all require care and treatment from several different specialist areas and if unrecognised they can lead to severe disabilities.

Active research studies

Birmingham Children’s Hospital, like other NHS providers holding NIHR contracts, is required to provide quarterly performance reports to the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility. These reports provide an overview of recruitment to clinical trials, including commercial contract clinical trials.  They show whether the Trust has met the ’70 day benchmark’ of recruiting a patient into a trial within 70 days of receiving a valid application for approval to open the study.

The reports for the first quarter of 2017/18 can be found below:

For more information about these reports or any of the studies, please contact research@bch.nhs.uk.

Research activity performance of initiating clinical trials for Birmingham Women's and Children's for Q2 2017/2018

Research activity performance of delivering clinical trials for Birmingham Women's and Children's for Q2 2017/2018

Case studies

Ali’s story

Fourteen year old Ali Zaidi has been part of a clinical trial of a new enzyme replacement drug for five years. Ali has Morquio Syndrome, a rare inherited metabolic disorder which causes an abnormal storage of large and complex sugar molecules within the cells of the body.


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