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Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

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Current visiting policy

Restricted visiting will be permitted on most wards and areas such as our Emergency Department. Please follow our guidance to find our more information as some areas do still have restrictions.

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The NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility is a joint venture between the Wellcome Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge.

It is one of two wards of the Addenbrooke's Clinical Research Centre (ACRC), which is housed in the Addenbrooke's Centre for Clinical Investigation (ACCI) building.

The ACRC offers two purpose-built research facilities to members of the local research community for patient-centred clinical research projects. Both areas are staffed by experienced, well-qualified NHS staff who have a range of acute, critical care and research skills.

The facilities offered by the CRF include:

  • Eleven inpatient beds
  • Three outpatient rooms
  • Two investigation rooms
  • Laboratory and tissue culture facilities
  • Audiology soundproofed room
  • Body composition measurement (DXA / Bod Pod)
  • IT facilities
  • Eating behaviour equipment
  • Ultrasonography and ophthalmology suite
  • Exercise testing equipment

Where to find us

The NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is located on Level 5 of the Addenbrooke's Centre for Clinical Investigation (ACCI). The ACCI is linked to the rest of the hospital via the 'clown corridor', which runs between the concourse and the Rosie Hospital.

Who can use the CRF?

Any member of the local research community who holds an honorary contract with Addenbrooke's can use the facilities of the Centre. This includes physicians, nurses and therapists. The research projects must be patient or volunteer based with a peer reviewed protocol and research ethics approval.

Applications from researchers can be sent to