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.


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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