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.

Keeping 1.5⁰C Alive

Discover how we are taking academic work into the real world to help policymakers and business leaders make informed decisions now for a better future tomorrow.

 

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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 use cutting edge technology and 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.

 

Research Highlights from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

                   Life and Environmental Sciences news

Machine learning could aid mental health diagnoses

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A way of using machine learning to more accurately identify patients with a mix of psychotic and depressive symptoms has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham.

Award success for Patricia Lockwood

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Patricia Lockwood, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Brain Health and Institute for Mental Health, has recently been named recipient of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship.

Can drinking cocoa make you smarter?

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Increased consumption of flavanols – a group of molecules which occur naturally in fruit and vegetables – can increase your mental agility, according to new research.

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