About Us


An Overview

The National Insitute for Health Research Liverpool Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit (PBRU) is based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. It is a leading global translational research unit dedicated to the management of pancreatic digestive diseases, such as acute and chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. The PBRU is the premier centre in the UK and one of the top three centres in Europe, carrying out translational research into pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

The PBRU was set up in 2008 by Professor Robert Sutton and his research team, following an award from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to a partnership between the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) and the University of Liverpool. The PBRU is the only NIHR funded specialist unit to research into pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in the UK.

The PBRU is built around the world class excellence of pancreatic research in Liverpool, and has a range of collaborations with other leading European research institutions. The PBRU also works with companies to develop and validate a broad range of health care products including new therapeutics and diagnostic methodologies, and has started research forums with the aim of developing new mutually beneficial collaborations.

The PBRU has a broad access to clinical and scientific state-of-art research facilities and has developed an ambitious ground breaking research programme, focused on six themes:

  • Drug discovery and development of new interventions
  • Application of new diagnostic and imaging strategies
  • Validation of new biomarkers and screening protocols
  • Early Phase Trials
  • Collaborative Technology Platforms
  • Industrial Partnerships  

The PBRU was opened by Chris Brinsmead, President of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry, on April 1, 2010.

The funding from the NIHR for the PBRU will end on 31st March 2017.  From 1st April 2017 onwards please contact Professor Robert Sutton on r.sutton@liverpool.ac.uk for the continuing projects from the PBRU.

This website will close shortly after that date.