Post-millennium research

The results of the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) proved that the University of Birmingham’s had research power with global reach and was leading the world in a broad range of disciplines, including Primary Care, Cancer Studies, Psychology and Sport and Exercise Sciences, Music.

Research facts by year
Year Subject Fact
2001 Genetics
Alumnus Sir Paul Nurse is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work concerning inhibiting cell reproduction in cancer cells
2002 Medicine
Our Researchers develop a new urine test to help fight against the rise in TB
2004 Medicine
Researchers work with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to pioneer the diagnosis and treatment of children’s brain tumours
2006 Medicine
Researchers develop the first over-the-counter home fertility test for men
2007 Climatology
Alumnus Professor Peter Bullock is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on soil as a sustainable resource and his role on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has furthered knowledge of man-made climate change
2008 Medicine
University and Women’s Hospital researchers started the largest ever study to screen newborn babies for possible congenital heart problems.
2009 Science and Medicine
Birmingham scientists make a promising discovery about the development of better medicines to prevent blood clots
2010 Archaeology
Birmingham archaeologists discover a major ceremonial monument less than one kilometre away from the Stonehenge, completely changing the way we think about the landscape around this iconic monument.