Research

Our research collaborations with government, businesses and leading institutions across India are providing answers to the global challenges of our age.

From improving the detection of cancer in women and identifying the source of air pollution to addressing the challenges of an ageing population and anti-microbial resistance, our research collaborations are breaking new ground.

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We’re leading the way in research on air pollution

Leading researchers from the University are joining forces with partners in India and the UK to investigate the causes of pollution in Delhi and tackle the associated health risks. The four-year project is supported by a £1.4 million grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Air Pollution and Human Health programme.Scientists at the University are working with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) in Delhi to help young researchers better understand the causes, sources and effects of air pollution in India and the UK.

Key academics:
Professor William Bloss
Dr Francis Pope 

UBII-Birmingham – Punjab partnership aims to tackle Indian women's cancer-2

We’re investigating the causes of common women’s cancers

Experts from the University have established a cohort study to investigate the factors causing the three most common cancers in women – breast, cervical and ovarian – in the Punjab region. The study links the University with a number of centres of excellence in India: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Punjab; National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kolkata; and Public Health Foundation of India.

Key academics:
Mrs Sudha Sundar 

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We’re demonstrating how clean cold can meet global goals

Energy experts at the University are hosting the world’s first international clean cold congress amid concern that global demand for cooling and refrigeration will overtake heating by 2020.

The Birmingham Energy Institute have launched a major research project, Clean Cold and the Global Goals, which investigates how clean cold could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ Global Goals.

Scientists from the University argue that the introduction of clean cold to India’s food supply chain will develop infrastructure will double farmers’ incomes whilst reducing their impact on the environment.  

Key academics:
Professor Martin Freer
Professor Yulong Ding 
Professor Toby Peters 

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We’re strengthening our partnership in biomedical science

Dr Sovan Sarkar of the University’s Institute of Cancer and Genomic Studies has recently collaborated with Dr Ravi Manjithaya at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bangalore on small molecule autophagy modulators. Their work, led by the JNCASR graduate student Mr Piyush Mishra, has been accepted for publication in the journal Autophagy. 

Key academics:
Dr Sovan Sarkar 

UBII-Young people's mapping project instigates change in Delhi communities

We’re empowering young people to help change lives in Delhi

Children and young people have helped design an innovative smartphone app to collect information across Delhi and deliver much-needed facilities like new toilet buildings that will help change lives in their communities. The University of Birmingham and Humara Bachpan Campaign (HBC) are collaborating on the project, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Key academics:
Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill  

 

UBII-Indian biotech leaders visit Birmingham for life science facilities briefing

We’re collaborating with India’s life science business leaders

A delegation of Indian biotech company leaders visited the University as part of bioConclave 2017 to see the life sciences cluster, where the University’s world-leading research is translated into new medical therapies.The visitors were welcomed to the cluster, which combines basic research and translational facilities in a single site, by Indian Consul General Dr Aman Puri, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, and Dr James Wilkie, CEO, University of Birmingham Enterprise. 

Key academics:
Dr Ewa Truchanowicz