The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) in the state-of-the-art Quadram Institute is home to a host of research initiatives to aid the development of new treatments and improve patient care.
The facility, which is run by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), brings together researchers and scientists from the hospital, Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB), University of East Anglia (UEA) and across the Norwich Research Park.
The CRF is home to a host of research studies into a range of health conditions, involving patients and volunteers.
Because of its close association with the NNUH Endoscopy Centre and links with QIB and UEA, the CRF is perfect for doing research into food and nutrition. The results of these trials will lead to new strategies and treatments for improving health and preventing related disease.
The NNUH-run CRF is the hospital’s primary facility for all clinical trials that do not need to be located within the main hospital building.
It provides a mixture of outpatient clinical and laboratory space as well as a food-preparation area for diet-related studies.
The CRF has a fully functioning and staffed reception area to manage and welcome patients and participants into the unit
- The CRF has six clinical rooms with clinical equipment and computers
- Three screening rooms with computers
- A multi-function clinic room with 5 bariatric phlebotomy couches
- Two en-suite clinical rooms with bariatric hospital beds
- Short-term use of document, sample and food storage, subject to availability
The CRF houses a dual-energy X-ray facility (DXA) that provides measurements for research involving body composition (fat and fat-free mass) and bone mineral (content and density) either in the whole body, or specific parts of the body (limbs, trunk etc.).
There is a dedicated CRF laboratory for immediate sample processing. There are also fridges and freezers for short-term storage prior to sample transfer to researchers’ own laboratories or the Norwich Research Park Biorepository with which the CRF maintains a close liaison.
The laboratory is equipped with ultracold -80C freezer, four bench top centrifuges, sample fridge, sample -20c freezer, microfuge, vortex, and two sets of pipetmen kits. The laboratory is also be stocked with basic laboratory supplies
The CRF has a general kitchen for the preparation of meals and refreshments for study participants and patients, with a serving hatch opening directly into the participants’ lounge/dining room and also a research kitchen equipped to commercial standards for batch preparation of food products and standardised test meals.
Research food storage facilities
The CRF has access to an on-site -40°C walk-in food storage freezer, along with several domestic food fridges and freezers located within the CRF.
Participants’ Lounge and Diner
The lounge and diner will be available for the provision of study test meals, breakfasts for fasted study participants and general refreshments for participants and patients accompanying guests.