Key research areas

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Birmingham‘s research mission aims to deliver research across the spectrum from discovery to translation, with clinical need driving basic research and fundamental mechanistic discovery facilitating substantial clinical progress, supported by methodological expertise in biostatistics, health economics, clinical trials, evidence synthesis, medical ethics and qualitative research. 

These areas of research are coordinated by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, one of the University’s five Colleges, which comprises five Schools; namely, Cancer Sciences; Immunity & Infection; Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Health & Population Sciences and Dentistry.

The Schools provide organisational units for academic management, teaching delivery and financial oversight. Crucially, they also facilitate a flexible, cross-disciplinary and collaborative research centre structure that integrates clinical and non-clinical researchers and allows effective collaboration.

Find out more information about our research domains within the College and the work undertaken by our various research groups by following the links below.

Research domains

Research infrastructure awards

Our research is supported by peer-reviewed multi-million-pound funding from Research Councils UK, medical research charities such as Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the British Heart Foundation, the NIHR and Department of Health as well as the European Union, together with strategically important support from other government bodies (HPA, DSTL) and industrial partners (e.g. GSK, Novartis) including SMEs (e.g. Oxford Immuntotec, Inhibtex).We have received great success which by working with our partners through awards such as:

  • West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, linking all 18 NHS Trusts in the region through the Academic Health Science Network
  • £7.3M MRC Clinical Infrastructure Award for stratified medicine and deep immunophenotyping (UHB/BWH), including the Regional Phenome Centre linked with Imperial College London
  • £6.5m Birmingham NIHR Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Liver Disease (UHB)
  • £2m Cancer Research UK Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) (UHB)
  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Centre of Excellence and the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) Hub. (UHB/BCH)
  • £20m NIHR-MoD Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) (UHB/MoD/NIHR)
  • £3.2m Medical Research Council-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (Nottingham)
  • Arthritis Research UK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (RACE) (Glasgow and Newcastle)
  • £1.5m Healing Foundation Burns Research Centre (UHB, BCH, MoD, UCL and Royal Free Hospital, London).