We are a group of research innovators with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, physics and biomedicine. We are passionate about delivering transformative research that impacts upon lives, through contributing measurable advances to healthcare and medicine.
We value basic and translational research equally, supporting members of our team to follow their curiosity and fulfil their potential within an interdisciplinary environment that reaches the highest standards of academic rigour. We recognise that for our work to be truly impactful we must continue to pioneer new ways of working that bring communities together to address current and future research priorities. We are building a unique ecosystem where Students, Researchers, Patients and the Public, Hospitals and Clinics, Philanthropists, Industry and Venture Capital, Policy Makers and Regulators can co-define and then solve research challenges for societal benefit. The Centre was established in 2019 as a new strategic activity of the University of Birmingham spanning mathematics, computer science and medicine. Housed within the Institute for Metabolism and Systems Research, our integration within the College of Medicine and Dental Sciences presents unique opportunities for us to engage and involve these communities throughout the lifecycle of our work.
Our research developing mathematical models for understanding how the brain can transition from healthy function to seizures has the potential to fundamentally re-evaluate our approach to diagnosis and prognosis of epilepsy. In pursuit of this goal Dr Wessel Woldman and Professor John Terry co-founded Neuronostics in 2018 to develop innovate tools for enabling decision support and management for both neurologists and people with epilepsy. The commercial potential of Neuronostics’ products has already been recognised by the Epilepsy Foundation, Innovate UK, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) who currently support the research of Dr Luke Tait.
Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, Dr Leandro Junges and Dr Eder Zavala have built exciting partnerships with Universities and Hospitals in Brazil and Mexico. These have resulted in ongoing collaborations and exchanges leading to new understanding of brain surgery for epilepsy and the interplay between stress physiology and metabolism.
Through our unique approach to career development, members of the Centre have sponsored or mentored 16 independently funded research fellows. Several have gone on to establish their own independent laboratories in Universities across the UK. At present we have four current or former MRC Fellowship holders in the team. Would you like to be next? We are always eager to hear from people who want to join us and support our mission.
We are passionate about involving the public in our research and ensuring that views and experience are valued. We recognise the important of involving people with lived experience of disease in shaping our research priorities and in finding novel ways of communicating our findings. If you would like to get involved please contact Dr Caroline Gillett. Recent examples of our activities include:
Beyond My Control: a unique theatre piece about living with epilepsy and the mathematics of epilepsy diagnosis – co-directed by Paul Jepson (Artistic and Theatrical Director) and Professor John Terry.
Living with endocrine dysfunction: a dialogue between researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience about the vital role of hormone rhythms in maintenance of health and how these breakdown in conditions such as Addison’s and Cushing’s.
The Centre is a core node of the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare in partnership with the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and King’s College London.