Research in Life and Environmental Sciences

Across the breadth of life and environmental sciences we discover, apply and translate science, forging advances in human and environmental health.

    Our world-leading collaborative research areas and facilities include:

  • Environmental Sciences

    We focus on the major environmental science challenges such as air pollution and health, climate change, extreme weather events, and the safety of chemicals and nanomaterials.

  • Microbiology and Infection

    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.

  • Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain

    We utilise cutting edge technology and multidisciplinary expertise to collectively advance the assessment of patients with spinal pain through the development of new assessment tools.

  • Centre for Human Brain Health

    We are an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.

  • Institute for Mental Health

    We are ensuring a sustained impact on public policy and practice, translating research in neuroscience to improvements in treatment, and improving the care and outcomes of those suffering from problems in their mental health.

  • Water Sciences

    Our research is essential to sustainably manage the supply and use of water, provide a healthy environment and enhance resilience of ecosystems and people to water-related risks in a changing world.

  • The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR)

    Providing fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to forested landscapes anywhere in the world. We make the evidence-based case for forests as part of one-planet living.

  • Enabling Technologies

    These research areas are all underpinned by our Enabling Technologies. We continually invest in resources so our researchers are able to pursue their ideas, undertake research and transfer their knowledge to create global impact.

 

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Birmingham academics appointed Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Description
Three academics from the University of Birmingham – two from the Business School and one from the School of Geography – have been appointed Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Date:
30/03/2020

New research may help older adults stay physically capable for longer

New research may help older adults stay physically capable for longer
Description
Drug therapies that help older adults maintain their skeletal muscle mass and physical function for longer could be a step closer after researchers identify a key mechanism driving the clearance of damaged mitochondria.
Date:
24/03/2020

Shutting the door on COVID-19

Shutting the door on COVID-19
Description
A proportion of the UK population will be infected by COVID-19 but non-face-to-face communication could help flatten the curve and shut the door on COVID-19.
Date:
18/03/2020

Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioural and emotional problems in toddlers

Poor sleep in infancy linked to behavioural and emotional problems in toddlers
Description
Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child's life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioural problems among toddlers, according to a new study.
Date:
12/03/2020

Cardiac rehabilitation programme shortlisted for BMJ award

Description
Cardiac rehabilitation programme shortlisted for BMJ award
Date:
09/03/2020
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