10 key research facts

Chemical engineering research1. Birmingham will play a key role in the training of engineers working on the HS2 rail link, with the National College for High Speed Rail - to be based in the city - making use of the University’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

2. Birmingham scientists have uncovered a new method to identify and test women with polycystic ovary syndrome who are at high risk of going on to develop type 2 diabetes, paving the way for a more personalised approach to the treatment and management of PCOS.

3. Medics in Immunology are currently exploring how Vitamin D could be used in rheumatoid arthritis treatments.

4. Birmingham computer scientists are building autonomous intelligent robots to be deployed in real-world working environments, such as prisons and care homes. 

5. A major study by Birmingham researchers proved that pulse oximetry (pulseox) was a simple and safe test to help identify congenital heart disease in newborn babies, which contributes to 46% of deaths from congenital malformations and would otherwise go undetected.

6. An unprecedented digital mapping project, led by the University of Birmingham, discovered a host of previously unknown archaeological monuments around Stonehenge, creating the most detailed archaeological digital map of the ancient site ever produced.

7. Our Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) is investigating the ways in which people manage their finances and the potential for financial education to change behaviour and improve individual financial stability.

8. Researchers from the School of Biosciences are using synthetic biology to create new tools for the rapid detection of potentially fatal bacterial infections.

9. Civil Engineering researchers are exploring how to make transport systems more resilient to climate change by 2050.

10. Geography researchers have calculated that there has been a 0.65 degree rise in global temperatures over the last 500 years using data from stalagmite growth.