Research activity

Here is a list of all the research activity pages:

Generic List

Primary Care and Clinical Research Trials Unit

The Primary Care Clinical Research & Trials Unit (PC-CRTU) has been conducting clinical trials since 1985 and has an excellent track record in designing, implementing, coordinating, monitoring, analysing and publishing trials. It is the largest and longest-running academic primary care facility in Europe for clinical trials in the community.Our central facility expertly coordinates large and small community-based clinical trials. The PC-CRTU has strong links to West Midlands PCTs and Secondary Care Trusts. The PC-CRTU has developed excellent relationships with local networks of Primary Care Cancer, Mental Health, Medicine for Children, Stroke and the CLRN. We have access to more than 3500 GPs, in 985 practices, from 88 PCTs across England and Wales, an estimated patient population of over 5.4 million and approximately 40% of the total population of the West Midlands.

Primary Care and Hospital Settings

This group looks at service redesign and the environment in primary and secondary care settings.Most service pathways will need to be redesigned to make the services offered to patients more responsive, accessible, and sustainable in human and financial terms. This group carries out research to assess the nature of the drivers for these changes, and the changes themselves, within different levels of the organisations. The built environment is believed to have a significant impact on human perception and behaviour and buildings constitute a sizable proportion of health service expenditure. Modern hospital design explicitly aims to provide an environment that is psychologically supportive of the healing process whilst reducing risk of adverse events. In addition these environments should be supportive of staff and their ability to offer efficient and effective care. There is however little quality evidence of the effect of hospital design on the process and outcome of healthcare and this group is exploring the impact of design, physical environment and user interaction in a number of key areas including design; building performance; patient outcomes; staff health and well-being and productivity. This work links closely to that conducted in the quality assurance and performance management group.

Primary Care Clinical Research & Trials Unit (PC-CRTU)

The University of Birmingham is one of the leading centres in the UK for clinical trials, having a wealth of experience across a wide range of diseases, clinical settings and trial designs. The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) brings together clinical trial expertise from across the University and, in particular, the three large, well-established, UKCRC fully-registered Clinical Trials Units. The trials portfolio at the University of Birmingham is supported by a comprehensive expert infrastructure in trial methodology.

Primary Care, Population Health Research and Epidemiology

Research within this theme is determining disease aetiology and health outcomes, including the role of the environment and genes, and using such knowledge to inform the design and evaluation of population-based or clinical interventions to prevent or treat conditions of population health importance.

Project Management and International Engagement

A short description of the Project management responsibilities of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

Projects - Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

Our projects span from basic work on understanding brain function, through using advanced imaging, robotic devices and virtual reality environments to promote recovery in neurological patients, to applied work on developing intelligent robots.

Projects - Collaborative Research Network in Imaging and Visualisation

Introduction page to the Projects section of the Collaborative Research Network in Imaging and Visualisation website, showcasing some examples of areas of work conducted at the University,

Projects - Geosystems

The geosystems group undertake a number of collaborative and research theme driven projects.

PROSPER Trial: A Randomised Trial of Rectal Prolapse Surgery

PROSPER Trial: A Randomised Trial of Rectal Prolapse Surgery in the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit
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