School of Biomedical Sciences

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School of Biomedical Sciences

As one of three schools within the Faculty of Biological Sciences, our team of 61 academics and research fellows investigate the fundamental biological and physiological principles underpinning human function, in health and disease.

Our research is organized into five groups: Cardiovascular, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Neuroscience, Integrative Membrane Biology and Biomedical Engineering. Our goal is to translate our research findings for clinical benefit, and to achieve optimal human function across the lifespan.

Our teaching

The School of Biomedical Sciences offers an exciting portfolio of undergraduate programmes, ranging from those with a broad perspective on human function such as Medical Sciences and Sport and Exercise Sciences through to more focussed programmes like Neuroscience and Pharmacology.

From the study of nanomedicine to cells, physiological systems, and the whole person, our programmes draw upon our pioneering research and offer students the opportunity to undertake their own biomedical research or placements in industry or abroad. 

Students can choose to transfer during their second year to variants with a study year abroad (International) or an industrial placement year (Industrial).

All programmes can be taken as a 3 year BSc, 4 year industrial/international variant, 4 year integrated masters (MBiol, BSc), or 5 year (MBiol, BSc industrial/international).

All except Medical Sciences offer a 1 year intercalated option for medical students.

Our taught postgraduate programmes include:

Our research

Our research is organized into five groups: Cardiovascular, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Neuroscience, Integrative Membrane Biology and Biomedical Technologies.

It is driven by the clinical challenges of understanding the mechanisms of disease and dysfunction, early identification and modelling of disease progression, and development of strategies to intervene in this progression. 

We investigate basic mechanisms underpinning health and disease and apply our findings to identify new targets for treatment or prevention of conditions or to ensure healthy aging. 

Our current activities are wide-ranging and diverse.  We identify functional properties of proteins in the cell membrane for drug delivery and develop biosensors to detect nanoscale biomarkers of disease.

We elucidate gene regulation in neurological disease and degeneration, model the cellular and structural progression of heart disease, and develop biological scaffolds for tissue regeneration for joint replacement.  We further develop exercise interventions targeted at specific disease mechanisms.

The research groups are highly cross disciplinary and utilise state of the art technologies, working with others such as clinicians, industry, engineers and chemists to ensure that new biomedical insights not only enhance knowledge but also can be translated into practical outcomes such as new treatments or lifestyle changes.

Molecular machinery of muscle contraction

Our research, delivered under 6 themes, focuses on the function of the heart in health and disease, with additional activity in the area of skeletal muscle.

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Within Integrative Membrane Biology research, our multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment facilitates the study of membrane protein systems from the atomic to the cellular and organismal levels.

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Neuroscience research in the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Our neuroscience research targets understanding the function of proteins such as ion channels, gap junctions, neurotransmitter receptors and transporters on the characteristics of neurones and factors affecting the functions of these proteins

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We investigate the mechanisms associated with dysfunctional conditions, such as heart failure and motor control disorders, and the physical and mental effects of physical activity.

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Research impact

We're working on research to change lives, and change the world. Here are some examples of our high impact case studies:

Research carried out by Dr Ichiyama has led to the development of a rehabilitation training regime people with spinal cord injuries causing complete paralysis to walk again.

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Professors Eileen Ingham and John Fisher, who lead an interdisciplinary team from Biological Sciences and Engineering, undertook research to address this issue of rejection by developing a method to gently remove the cellular components, including DNA, from donor tissues.

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