A new Faculty of Translational Medicine has been established in the UK as a collaborative initiative between King’s College London and the comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.

The aim is to bolster the research efforts of clinicians, scientists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and managers involved with the BRC, which is one of five such comprehensive research centres set up in the UK under the aegis of the National Institute for Health Research.

Faculty members will be able to access training programmes, statistical advice and consultancy on clinical trial design as well as support for applying cutting-edge technologies, King’s College said.

More than 250 people from the College, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts and the BRC’s other partner organisations, including Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, have already been granted membership of the new faculty.

Studies will be run in dedicated clinical trial facilities using the Faculty Resource Centre, which is due to open this coming autumn. The Centre will provide scientists with the research and governance advice they need from a single source, as well as creating opportunities to network with other researchers in translational medicine, King’s College noted.

King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ already collaborate through the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, which also involves King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.