Barts Centre for Trauma Sciences is a hub of excellence for translational trauma research and education.

Our trauma research spans the globe and targets areas of highest clinical need.

C4TS is a world-leading Centre of excellence for translational research at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry (SMD), Queen Mary University of London. The centre focuses on the immediate post-injury phase, with research into the pathophysiology of injury and a pathway to ensure the translation of research into practice and into policy. World class research is coupled with international education and dissemination programmes to improve care and outcomes of trauma patients worldwide.

Our primary clinical partner is the Royal London Hospital Major Trauma Centre.


Traumatic injury is caused by various forces from outside of the body, which can either be blunt or penetrating (sharp). Blunt trauma includes falls, road traffic crashes; crush injuries, assaults (punches, kicks) and burns. Penetrating trauma involves shooting, stabbing or falling onto a sharp object (known as impalement).

Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people aged under 44 in the UK

Over 17,000 people in the UK die from traumatic injury every year

For every trauma fatality, between three and four patients survive with a serious or permanent disability

Many people that experience a physical trauma also experience psychological and emotional difficulties which can sometimes be long lasting.

C4TS Newsletter

Our quarterly Newsletters cover more trauma facts, discuss our research projects and events. 

Latest News

C4TS student researcher wins prestigious scholarship

Congratulations are due to one of our C4TS researchers Rashi Jhunjhunwala who has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) annual general meeting and clinical congress in Hawaii in September.

28th July 2016

Breakthrough in Spinal Cord Injury Medical Imaging

A new study that shows how traumatic spinal cord injury affects tissues in vivo has been published by researchers at C4TS.

2nd June 2016

Can you help us make the bleeding stop?

If you are a former trauma patient or carer who has experience with major bleeding, we would love to hear from you!

8th April 2016