DescriptionThe National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is based at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and run in partnership with the University of Oxford. Biomedical Research Centres are part of the Government’s initiative to improve the translation of basic scientific developments into clinical benefits for patients and to reinforce the position of the UK as a global leader in healthcare related research. The Oxford BRC is a partnership that brings together the research expertise of the University of Oxford and the clinical skills of staff of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust with the aim of supporting translational research and innovation to improve healthcare for patients. It works across all disease areas. The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) focuses on musculoskeletal disease and is a partnership smaller than, but similar to, that above, and also funded by the NIHR.