Working in a lab

Clinical partners

Lab-based scientists and clinicians working closely together is essential to determine whether scientific discoveries have the potential to improve treatments for patients.

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"By encouraging interactions between lab researchers and clinicians, we can bridge the divide between science and clinical practice, see opportunities and advance discoveries much more quickly."

Peter Ratcliffe, Director of Clinical Research

Sir Peter Ratcliffe

The Crick is breaking down barriers between basic and clinical research by supporting collaboration and the sharing of ideas, bringing more clinical expertise to the Crick and offering truly interdisciplinary training to the best scientists and clinicians.

Close partnerships with our university partners are expanding the opportunities for clinical research collaborations. We are creating opportunities for university researchers, including from the medical sciences, to come to the Crick to carry out research here in collaboration with our group leaders.

Our seminars, interest groups and symposia bring researchers together from across the biomedical community, and there is significant in-house support to take discoveries on the path towards becoming safe and effective new therapies for patients.

Research training for clinicians

We offer opportunities for exceptional clinicians who wish to develop their laboratory research skills.

We have two programmes for clinicians to come to the Crick at different stages of their clinical training or research career. They are embedded in a research group, benefit from all the facilities and collaborations the Crick has to offer and work alongside scientists who are not clinically qualified.

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Doctoral fellowships for clinicians

The opportunity for clinicians to perform innovative biomedical discovery research for three years while following the Crick's clinical PhD programme.

Postdoctoral career development fellowships for clinicians

Funding for one year full-time or two years part-time postdoctoral research experience in a Crick research group. Fellows with their own salary funded via NIHR, their university/hospital trust appointment or other external funding schemes may also apply to be hosted within a Crick research group.

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To make sure that our fellows can maintain clinical relationships, they may be associated with external partners such as our partner universities (UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London), other universities, NIHR biomedical research centres or Cancer Research UK centres.

Medicine at the Crick

This regular series of events is designed to bring lab-based scientists together with clinicians to consider the latest advances in biomedicine and how they might impact the treatment of patients.

Each event consists of a set of short talks and a keynote lecture on a topic such as genome editing therapy, the microbiome and biological therapies for cancer. These presentations are followed by a panel discussion and networking with refreshments.

The aim is to bring people with different expertise together to stimulate new ideas, form collaborations and bring research advances closer to the point where they can benefit patients.