Our research

Our mission is 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. 

University of Birmingham's Medical School

College of Medical and Dental Sciences Research Institutes and Centres of Excellence

These areas of research are coordinated by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, one of the University’s five Colleges, which comprises eight Institutes. These Institutes facilitate a flexible, cross-disciplinary and collaborative research centre structure that integrates clinical and non-clinical researchers and allows effective collaboration.

Research centres are interdisciplinary, collaborative groupings that represent key strategic areas of strength in Birmingham, facilitating internal and external investment in expertise aimed at bringing the best minds together across traditional academic boundaries to tackle issues of genuine clinical need.

Research Institutes


Our internationally leading experts help to tackle global societal challenges, from occupational health risks in the UK and Europe to childhood obesity in China. 


We make a unique and powerful contribution to understanding how genetic abnormalities within cancer cells lead to disease. We use this information to design and rigorously assess new and proven cancer treatments.


We are world leaders in several areas of cardiovascular work, including research into the behaviour of platelet cells, white blood cells, atrial fibrillation and angiogenesis.


Co-ordinating all teaching and student engagement activity, the institute equips students with the skills to deliver outstanding healthcare and carry out life-changing medical research. This is informed by pedagogy and by research in the fields of dentistry, pharmacy and other clinical areas. 


Birmingham has a very strong history of immunology research going back 30 years, and with one of the greatest concentrations of scientists and doctors in the world is well positioned to make a world-leading contribution.


From basic science to community exercise classes, we cover every aspect of research into and treatment of inflammation-driven illnesses.


For many years we have led the global field in metabolism research, particularly in endocrinology. We are also at the forefront of systems-level studies of the human metabolome – how our bodies function at a more complex level.


With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world, we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.


Our Research Facilities

Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences has a vast and impressive range of facilities which support both its teaching and research activities. Researchers have access to world leading facilities which are equipped with the latest cutting edge research instrumentation and managed by highly trained technical staff. 

To find out more information about the facilities and services available, please use the link below:

Our Research Facilities website

Life Sciences at Birmingham

Birmingham is one of the most important sites for Life Sciences within the UK and is characterised by strong partnerships that link academic excellence across the University with innovation in addressing the health care requirements of a diverse regional population of five million people.

Our vision is to deliver the full circle of translational medicine and to be recognised globally as a leading UK institution for Life Sciences research.