Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE)
The Translational Research Exchange @ Exeter (TREE) is an innovative programme designed to build research links between biomedical and clinical research.
The University of Exeter has received a £1.5million grant from Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) for the project, the third time it has successfully applied for funds through the leading scheme.
The funding covers five years (from 2016 to 2021), and its overall aim is to bridge the gaps between clinicians and biomedical research – its emphasis is on delivering 'impact' from both biomedical and clinical research. This continues and further develops the work of the Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis (CBMA) which the ISSF previously funded.
This programme will help leverage Exeter’s vibrant biomedical science community into a world leading centre for research excellence and innovation in healthcare technologies. By linking biomedical and clinical researchers with Exeter’s physical science, computational and mathematical expertise, this programme ensures the prompt and efficient clinical translation of research carried out in the University’s biosciences laboratories, including within the state-of-the-art Living Systems Institute.
To facilitate progress towards real-world clinical applications, the programme incorporates a healthcare technologies Industry Team which provides an interface for University researchers seeking to connect with the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries. Our mission is to develop a holistic translational pipeline, transforming fundamental discoveries through technological innovation into real-world applications, delivering impact to patients, clinicians and the wider healthcare economy.
We offer funding to cover short seed corn projects, as well as secondment opportunities across biomedical and clinical practice.
Launched in late 2016, we're a growing team of researchers supporting the sharing of knowledge and expertise between biomedical and clinical research areas.