What is Biomedical Research?

There have been enormous gains in health in developed areas of the world such as Europe and the United States over the past 50 years. People are living a lot longer and in much better health. Although increased economic prosperity has had a significant effect, it is estimated that at least half of these gains in health are directly due to new knowledge and new medicines such as drugs and vaccines that were developed during this time. All of these were developed through scientific research.

This historical evidence provides a very strong argument to increase the knowledge and develop new drugs and vaccines for diseases that have not yet been properly addressed. Biomedical research is at the heart of efforts to develop these new medicines.

Through biomedical research the knowledge that creates new ideas is developed. Biomedical research also provides the systems in which to test those new ideas to see whether they work or not. BPRC plays a central role in biomedical research by carrying out research on some of the most important diseases of humans.

At BPRC, research towards cures for diseases such as AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and tuberculosis is currently being undertaken. Medical problems such as transplantation rejection transplantation are also being addressed.

BPRC DOES NOT carry out research on cosmetics, recreational drugs or weapons development. Instead the BPRC works to develop medicines against seriously debilitating and deadly human diseases. The BPRC therefore has an important but difficult mission, to do research to help improve human health.