We place a high value upon training the next generation of researchers both non-clinical and clinical in a collaborative environment to deliver translational outcomes; however, we also place equal value on the patients and general public whose experience, talents and stories enrich the life of the Institute.
Since 2000, as part of Queen Mary University of London, the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) and the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry have gone from strength to strength. In the 2000 Research Assessment Exercise, SMD was ranked overall 5th in the UK for world-leading or internationally excellent research. Over this same period, the School's research spend increased from £18.7m to over £60m.
Our primary research focus and excellence lies in our cardiovascular, inflammation and endocrine research themes. In addition, we are home to international excellence in critical care and perioperative medicine research. We aim to combine talents from different disciplines, such as genomics, cell biology, pharmacology, with translational bench-to-patient studies and large-scale clinical trials, all with the ambition of therapeutic innovation.
We are currently the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK University sector and one of the largest in Europe. Since 2002 we have grown from 140 people to over 530 clinicians and scientists from 45 countries. Our mission is to:
- Lead world-class research in cardiovascular, inflammatory and endocrine diseases with the aim of discovering new mechanisms, validating targets and leading therapeutic innovation with translation into patient care.
- Provide the highest calibre teaching in pharmacology and safe prescribing.
- Become a leading training provider for UK and international postgraduate students and develop young talented scientists in therapeutic innovation.
- Develop international partnerships with pharma and biotechs.