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Who are we?

The Portsmouth Research Hub was set up by Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust  (PHU) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), alongside other local health and care organisations, to support COVID-19 vaccine research.

The Portsmouth Research Hub is one of three new research facilities in the Wessex region, which covers Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. There are two other research hubs in Bournemouth and Southampton.

What do we do?

Throughout 2021, the Portsmouth Research Hub will run nationally prioritised COVID-19 vaccine trials to help researchers find more safe and effective vaccines to help end the global pandemic.

In the future, it will also be used as a space to host research studies in other healthcare areas such as diabetes or asthma.

The Portsmouth Research Hub aims to create more opportunities for the people of Portsmouth and its surrounding areas to get involved in health and care research.

Find out about the benefits of taking part in research.

Why is additional COVID-19 vaccine research needed?

As the NHS roll-out of approved vaccines progresses, research trials into other COVID-19 vaccines will continue to collect important information such as which vaccines work best for different groups of people and which vaccines offer the most protection against variants of concern.

The Portsmouth Research Hub will provide local residents with the opportunity to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research and help researchers answer these important questions.

How can you find out more about taking part in COVID-19 vaccine research?

If you’d like to support the national effort to speed up vaccine research and receive more information about volunteering for future vaccine studies, please visit www.nhs.uk/researchcontact

You can also find more information about COVID-19 vaccine research by visiting bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/vaccine-studies/

Where can you find us?

The Portsmouth Research Hub is located at the John Pounds Centre  in Portsea. Directions, parking information and advice on public transport is available on the John Pounds Centre website .  

Our partners

The Portsmouth Research Hub is delighted to be working with well-established community partners including the John Pounds Centre  and Lake Road GP Practice,  whose knowledge and links to the local community are invaluable in helping us make the best possible start to our work.

Contact details 

If you have a question about research or would like to speak to someone in the Portsmouth Research Hub team, please get in touch using the contact details below:

Telephone: 02392 286236

Email: [email protected]

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Professor Anoop Chauhan, Director of Research and Innovation at Portsmouth University Hospitals, said:

“We’re excited to be expanding our COVID-19 vaccine trial programme and opening a new research facility in Portsmouth.  Thousands of local volunteers have already taken part in COVID-19 vaccine research and we’re pleased that the new Portsmouth Research Hub will create more opportunities for people to get involved.”


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