Currently, less than two per cent of UK government funding for medical research goes into surgery, despite the fact that a third of hospital admissions involve surgical interventions. We are working to rectify this deficit!


The Bristol Centre for Surgical Research is a multi-disciplinary collaboration aiming to transform patient care by increasing evidence-based surgery. The centre tackles key questions relevant to patients, clinicians and the NHS and is working to inspire and train a new generation of surgeons to undertake high quality research.

About the centre

The Centre works closely with the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Bristol Surgical Trials Centre, the Bristol Trials Centre and the MRC Trials Methodology Research Partnership. The Centre builds on previous work undertaken by the MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research ConDuCT-II Hub. 

Our aims

  • To design, develop and deliver trials and prospective studies in surgery in collaboration with regional and national centres in all surgical specialties.
  • To provide a training programme comprising short courses and workshops in surgical trials methodology for trainees and consultants and to increase the capacity for trials through career development of surgeons.
  • To provide specialist expertise for ‘difficult or complex’ trials due to issues with recruitment, outcome assessment or other methodological challenges.



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