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Welcome to VOICE at Imperial

Imperial College London became the first collaborator to join VOICE in January 2019, with the ambition to improve and facilitate the way we involve patients and members of the public in our research.

Imperial College London is the only UK University to focus exclusively on science, medicine, engineering and business, and we work with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the UK’s largest group of research-intensive hospitals, to undertake world-class experimental medicine research to improve patient care.

At the centre of this partnership is the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), which aims to transform scientific discoveries into clinical practice through activities that are focused on facilitating, promoting and evaluating new devices, diagnostics, therapies, and data-driven healthcare research.

The public, including patients and carers, are at the heart of what we do and ensuring their involvement, engagement and participation in research is a key priority for us. Through VOICE, we hope to capture the wealth of experience and valuable perspectives that only patients and members of the public can offer on the way our research is designed and delivered.



Key research areas for involvement

We are keen to involve the public in all our health-related research, which covers a wide range of topics:

  • Ageing, e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, lifestyle factors, end-of-life care
  • Blood, Heart & Circulation, e.g. stroke, surgical interventions
  • Cancer, e.g. biomarkers, breast cancer, colon cancer
  • Children & Young People, e.g. mental health, vaccinations
  • Digital Health, e.g. data science and artificial intelligence, patient safety & screening, cyber security and data policies
  • Digestion & Gut Health, e.g. IBD, microbiome
  • Genetics, e.g. cardiovascular, regenerative medicine
  • Health Services & Delivery, e.g. patient safety, patient experience, health policy
  • Healthy Living & Well-Being, e.g. sleep, self-care, living with multiple conditions
  • Inflammation & Immunity, e.g. Lupus, vasculitis, chronic kidney disease
  • Infection, e.g. tuberculosis, flu, antimicrobial resistance, hepatitis C, HIV, sexually-transmitted infections
  • Medical Innovation, e.g. novel diagnostics, drug discovery
  • Neurological Conditions, e.g. multiple sclerosis, brain injury
  • Nutrition & Metabolism, e.g. diabetes, obesity, hormones
  • Pain, e.g. chronic pain
  • Primary Care & Public Health, e.g. emerging threats, health surveillance, environmental health hazards
  • Reproductive health, Pregnancy & Childbirth g. maternal vaccinations, preterm birth
  • Surgery & Technology, e.g. surgical robotics, imaging

If you would like to get involved in any of these areas of research but do not see anything among our current opportunities, please get in touch with us on There is often more going on behind the scenes so if you let us know your interests, we may be able to match you up with current or upcoming activities and projects.



Current Opportunities

We are currently working on pulling through the most recent Opportunities specifically for Imperial College to go under a section on your Collaborator homepage.

Clicking the "see all" button would take the user to the Opportunities landing page where the list of opportunities would be pre-filtered by "Imperial College" and the user could filter further (by topic, type, reward, etc.) to refine the results.




Our Groups

As well as offering individual opportunities for involvement, we’ve also set-up core groups and networks around specific research interests. By being part of these groups, you will receive tailored messages around relevant research developments as well priority and continued involvement in related opportunities. Click on one to find out more.



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Privacy Notice

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (the “College” or “Imperial”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how VOICE at Imperial collect and use personal information about VOICE members during and after their relationship with us, in accordance with the applicable data protection legislation and the College’s Data Protection Policy.

To find out more, please read our Privacy Notice.

Get In Touch

If you have any queries about any opportunities managed by VOICE at Imperial, please get in touch

VOICE at Imperial is managed by the NIHR Imperial BRC’s Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC).

PERC aims to improve the quality of healthcare services and impact of translational research through public engagement and involvement. Beyond our expertise in translational health research, PERC provides a range of support and resources around public involvement to researchers and healthcare practitioners working across Imperial College London or the Imperial NHS Trust, as well as to members of the public. If you would like to find out more about our activities or the guidance and support we offer, please visit our website or email the team on

Find us here:

Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC)

Imperial College London,
Medical School Building, St Marys Campus, Norfolk Place,

London, W2 1PG




VOICE at Imperial is managed by staff from the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC). The centre aims to improve the quality of healthcare services and impact of translational research through public engagement and involvement. Beyond their expertise in translational health research, they also provide a range of support and resource around public involvement to Imperial College researchers and healthcare practitioners working with the College or NHS Trust, as well as to members of the public.

Visit our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Resource Hub where we have collated key guidance and resource on public involvement in research. It is specifically developed for Imperial College researchers, but the content is open and accessible for all. We also recommend viewing the UK’s National Standards for Public Involvement, which we aim to apply to all our activities.

In collaboration with the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit (ICTU), PERC has developed a series of Public Involvement in Research training sessions (suitable for both Imperial researchers and patients/members of the public), which are co-delivered with a member of the public.



Meet The Team

Philippa Pristerà
Philippa Pristerà
Research Associate & Public Involvement Advisor
Maria Piggin
Maria Piggin
Partnerships and Training Manager