The History of The Griffin Institute

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.

Here is a brief history of its work:

  • Medical research, both preclinical and clinical, has formed a recognisable feature of the Northwick Park Hospital site since the opening of the original Northwick Park Hospital early in the 1970s.
  • The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded Clinical Research Centre (CRC) and fulfilled this role until 1994.
  • In 1994, Northwick Park Hospital Trust asked Professor Colin Green to set up an independent medical research group as a stand-alone charity, to carry out preclinical research into conditions of local and national concern.
  • Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research (NPIMR) was thus formed in 1994 combining some NPIMR home grown research and surgical training.
  • Over the next 20 years, NPIMR rationalised the research undertaken to ensure direct relevance to patients and the NHS.
  • Concomitantly a significant increase in training, particularly complex surgical procedures was developed and maintained. During this time attention was also paid to increasing collaborative connections both with academia and commercial enterprises and funding streams were established through grants, donations, contract research, and training.
  • In 2017 NPIMR took over the Blond McIndoe laboratories which increased the wound healing portfolio.
  • 2019 The Griffin Institute founded.