Coordination of Experimental Medicine

The UKCRC Experimental Medicine (EM) Funders Group was established in January 2009 to bring together the major stakeholders that influence experimental medicine research in the UK, including governmental, public sector, charitable and commercial funding bodies. The EM Funders Group is convened by the Medical Research Council.

The UKCRC Partners are also working together in other forums to improve coordination and share good practice in the field of experimental medicine research.

The Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres supported by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Departments have been linked together as members of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) Network.

The National Institute for Health Research and the Chief Scientist’s Office for Scotland have established the UK Clinical Research Facility (CRF) Network. The network will develop an integrated approach to identify, conduct and share common themes and good operating practices across facilities. From this, a comprehensive set of standard operating procedures and management initiatives will be developed to guide standards in clinical and experimental medicine research processes.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC) has a team dedicated to experimental medicine and is taking a lead on many issues of coordination in experimental medicine on behalf of the UKCRC Partners.