RAFT's Research Partners

RAFT's Research Partners

The RAFT team works in close collaboration with many academics and scientists who empower our efforts with their expertise.

RAFT has funded and trained dozens of surgical research fellows.

Our partners include:


Cambridge University

Cambridge University’s Department of Surgery has a strong clinical research emphasis and focuses on improving the surgical management of disease through basic and translational research especially applied clinical research. A key feature of the department is the close integration of University and NHS surgeons. Cambridge University is providing academic supervision for RAFT’s free flap transfer breast reconstruction research project.



Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organisation committed to clinical practice, education and research. The majority of the experimental work for RAFT’s free flap transfer breast reconstruction research project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic.



Queensland University of Technology

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a real-world focus. It is one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of which were awarded in the past six years. Queensland University of Technology is RAFT’s research partner for the bone regeneration research project.



Royal Free Hospital

Founded in 1828, The Royal Free Hospital was one of the first hospitals to provide free healthcare in the UK. As well as providing patient care, it runs internationally recognised clinical research and training programmes and conducts medical research.  It is providing academic supervision for RAFT’s research into reducing fat absorption in breast reconstruction.



University College London (UCL)

UCL is ranked number one in the UK for research strength and won the largest funding allocation from the UK research councils in 2013 (£135m). It has the greatest number of prestigious Doctoral Training Centres and received the third highest number of academic citations per faculty member in the UK. RAFT is collaborating with University College London (UCL) on the bionic prosthetics research project.



UCL Eastman Dental Institute

UCL Eastman Dental Institute is a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research, based in London. The institute is a world-class, research centre that aims to continually improve systemic and oral heath through the development of novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics and smart materials. RAFT is working in collaboration with the UCL Eastman Dental Institute for the 3D facial reconstruction surgery research project.