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Research themes

Birmingham has a long track record of translating scientific discoveries into real-world benefit for patients, reducing the time it takes to for new innovations to be adopted and implemented in the clinic.

We’ve built our research strategy around these credentials, as well as a deep understanding of the health challenges that are most prominent in our region. These are the areas where we believe we can make the most significant difference by leveraging the collective expertise of our partner institutions.

We firmly believe that by harnessing the strengths of our partners and aligning our efforts, we can tackle these challenges head-on and make a meaningful difference to the lives of people in our region and beyond.

Our research themes

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Early detection and diagnosis

Early detection – both in the community and in hospital – saves lives and reduces burden on health systems. Using our expertise in immunology, genomics, health data and regulatory science, we are driving improvements in prevention and patient outcomes through new tests, tools and pathways.

Experimental medicine

Focusing on Birmingham’s major health challenges, we are working together across our partners to drive innovation in promising areas such as cell and gene therapy and personalised medicine – and commit to ensuring equal access to clinical trials across our communities. 

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Clinical trials

Our capability in clinical trials is nationally-leading, and we’ve hosted one of the largest Cancer Research UK trials units in Europe for over 30 years. With extensive experience in novel trial design, we are delivering studies that are inclusive and representative of our population – from early phase to international, multi-centre randomised control trials.

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Addressing health inequalities

Birmingham faces unique challenges, being the UK’s third-poorest city as well as one of the youngest and most diverse. We are committed to ensuring equity of access to the benefits of health research, addressing specific local health challenges and promoting equal access to healthcare – all to improve outcomes for current and future generations.