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The Griffin InstituteNorthwick Park Centre of Excellence in Biomedicine and Training (Formerly NPIMR)

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What We Do

The Griffin Institute at Northwick Park is a leading, not-for-profit, charitable research institute with a vision to be a leading translational biomedical research and training organisation. Our mission is to accelerate innovative solutions that both improve and maximise patient benefits. The Institute has a newly refurbished state-of-the-art facility for pre-clinical studies, which are conducted both as part of collaborative projects and as contracted work for external clients. The theatre suites are also first-class and are used to run numerous internationally-renowned courses relating to surgical training.

Our team of specialist scientists is actively developing highly innovative materials aiming to translate carefully designed pre-clinical studies into effective patient care.

We have been at the forefront with a remarkable track record in developing cutting-edge biological matrices with the aim to repair, replace or regenerate damaged organs within the body. Furthermore, we are exploring how stem cells might be used to grow new tissue for organ regeneration, as a way of addressing the shortage of organs for transplantation.

Our scientists have achieved several world-first successes, including developments in the use of collagen paste for wound repair, tracheal and laryngeal implants for clinical use, and in the application of bowel and liver scaffolds.

London Bridges Fundraising Walk

Join us on Sunday 26 June, 2022, for a fun, family-friendly walk across 10 iconic London Bridges. As you enjoy awe-inspiring views of a multitude of London landmarks, you’ll be helping us bridge the gap in funding while enabling The Griffin Institute to improve outcomes for cancer patients and provide patient-centred and life-changing biomedical research and training.

COVID-19 update

As you know, many charities in the UK are facing unprecedented challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. The Griffin Institute remains fully open and as a front-line research and medical training charity, we need to do all we can to support our colleagues in other organisations to enable them to continue their vital research projects as well as continue our own.

Here are just some of the ways we are helping with the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Partnering with organisations working on immunology biomarkers directly related to COVID-19, providing workable solutions as they contribute to the containment and eradication of this pandemic.
  • Professor Nader Francis, our Director of Training, has joined a group of surgical leaders from affected countries to discuss what they are learning during this Covid-19 Global crisis.
  • We have developed new models of training for medical students: virtual training.
  • Sharing our resources to help and support the NHS with equipment and consumables for research as we fight together at the very frontline of this global crisis at the Northwick Park Hospital.
  • Supporting our local and overseas students, by teaching and supervising their work remotely ensuring they can continue with their research in a timely way.

Who We AreA welcome from John Griffin

The Griffin Institute is a not-for-profit, charitable research institute with a vision to transform and restore patient quality of life and an ambition to be a world leader in biomedical research and training.

Based at Northwick Park hospital, in northwest London, the Institute is already one of the best in the UK when it comes to translating ground-breaking medical research into patient care, with researchers working in our facility having achieved many world-firsts in scientific discovery.

Founded in 1994, The Griffin Institute is today one of the UK’s leading charity-based independent Medical Research Institutes working to translate ground-breaking pre-clinical Medical Research rapidly into patient care. By maintaining our own top-rate research facilities and providing excellence in surgical training, we ensure the highest standard of science for translation into the clinic.

Our Achievements

World First

Pressure activated stoma continence control device – Tested and delivered.

World First

Decellularised/recellularised Larynx with pre-clinical phase complete.

World First

Fusion of Laparoscopy & Endoscopy for novel resection procedure for polyps & T1/T2 bowel cancer.

Contact Us

General Enquiries – Please email: info@griffininstitute.org.uk

Business Development Opportunities (Training/Contract Research) – Please email Karolina Brown: k.brown@griffininstitute.org.uk

Research & Development Projects – Please email Karin Greco: k.greco@griffininstitute.org.uk

Phone: +44(0)203 958 0500

Address: The Griffin Institute
Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital,
Y Block, Watford Road,
Harrow, Middlesex,
(access via St Mark’s Hospital main entrance)

Nearest Underground Station: Northwick Park (Metropolitan Line)
Nearest National Rail Station: Kenton (London Euston to Watford Junction Line)
Local Bus Routes: No 186, 223, H9, H10, H14, H18, H19, N18