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

New sequencing technology will help scientists decipher disease mechanisms

New sequencing technology will help scientists decipher disease mechanisms
Description
New technologies capable of sequencing single molecules in fine detail will help scientists better understand the mechanisms of rare nucleotides thought to play an important role in the progression of some diseases.
Date:
02/07/2020

Infant sleep problems can signal mental disorders in adolescents – study.

Infant sleep problems can signal mental disorders in adolescents – study.
Description
Specific sleep problems among babies and very young children can be linked to mental disorders in adolescents, a new study has found.
Date:
01/07/2020

Does fossil study prove iconic sabretooth was really a 'pussycat'?

Does fossil study prove iconic sabretooth was really a 'pussycat'?
Description
Not all sabretooth cats were fearsome predators – some may have been scavengers using their teeth to rip open carcasses before extracting their prey's innards with a big tongue, according to a new study.
Date:
26/06/2020

Protecting Apes from COVID-19

Protecting Apes from COVID-19
Description
In July 2020, Dr. Steve Unwin from the School of Biosciences will be part of the team leading OVAG2020, a virtual workshop for conservation professionals who work with orangutans and gibbons.
Date:
25/06/2020

Coronavirus: Can we 'reset' our world and boost well-being?

Coronavirus: Can we 'reset' our world and boost well-being?
Description
The 'Well-Being in a Covid World' Policy Commission has been set up by the European University of Well-Being (EUniWell) as an alliance of seven top European universities which also includes Birmingham.
Date:
25/06/2020
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