Our research themes

GW4 BioMed2 MRC DTP studentships centre around three strategic research themes that characterise the programme.

Find out more about our research themes below.

Infection, Immunity Antimicrobial Resistance and Repair

The infection, Immunity Antimicrobial Resistance and Repair theme aims to improve the diagnosis, prevention, stratification and treatment of patients with various forms of autoimmune and infectious diseases (and the issues of microbial resistance), cancers and co-morbidities as well as providing a bridge to clinical innovations.

This theme focusses on the following inter-related areas:

– Immunology: the activation, regulation and control of adaptive and innate immune responses.

– Infection: fundamental interests in microbiology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology.

– Antimicrobial Resistance: all aspects of the evolution and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.

– Repair: covers aspects of inflammatory resolution, would healing and repair.

Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Theme covers all disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system (CNS). Our research spans projects addressing the genetics and basic biological mechanisms leading to CNS disorders, through to translational studies exploring intervention and behavioural change. All research is centered around the following aims:

– Reduce the significant societal and financial impact of CNS and mental health disorders

– Optimise quality of life and wellbeing in those with chronic and/or progressive disease

– Encourage behavioural change and citizenship behaviour, leading to a sustainable, safe and inclusive society

– Deliver new methods for personalised assessment of health and behaviour, facilitating measurement of preventative interventions

Population Health Sciences

The work under this research theme focuses on understanding the biological, environmental and social causes of disease, including the determinants of health related behaviours. Work to develop analytical methods to support this goal is also welcome. PHS also aims to design, develop and evaluate interventions to improve population health and implement research findings into policy and practice.

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