Quality of Research
School of Medicine
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
The School of Medicine made 6 submissions to the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 as listed below. Follow each link for full details of the Research Assessment Exercise outcomes of each individual unit of assessment.
The School of Medicine pursues the highest standards of research, education and training, in medicine and related subjects, to enhance the health of the people of Wales and the wider world.
The School of Medicine works to enhance the health of the people of Wales and the wider world.
School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards from the NHS, Government, the charitable sector, the healthcare industries and other partners to work on the most pressing issues of human health. Research in the School is focused on six interdisciplinary themes, each of which links basic science to clinical practice in hospital and community settings. The underlying aim is to ensure the best “translation” of fundamental knowledge to patient benefit. Notable recent successes include the establishment of a Medical Research Council-funded translational research collaboration with Bristol University (called SARTRE), and the award of an MRC Centre in Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. Current efforts are focussed on the establishment of a Cancer Research Centre with new build and CR-UK support.
The interdisciplinary research groups draw upon their own strength in depth and the vast range of expertise available across the Schools of the University. They address cancer; clinical epidemiology; cardiovascular sciences; neurosciences and mental health; infection, immunity and inflammation; metabolism repair and regeneration.
The School of Medicine accords a high priority to the development of a thriving postgraduate research culture and the training of the next generation of leading biomedical researchers. All postgraduate researchers complete a Biomedical Research Techniques course at an early stage, in order to gain the necessary skills for conducting research in medical sciences. In addition to externally funded studentships, the School itself funds up to twelve PhD studentships each year.
The Henry Wellcome Building for Biomedical Research in Wales is the largest enterprise of its kind ever in Wales.
The School continually invests in facilities, with major developments including the Henry Wellcome Building for Biomedical Research in Wales, the largest enterprise of its kind ever in Wales. This £11M centre contains research laboratories and facilities for patients to participate in investigations of new disease treatments. The School is also benefiting from nearly £30M of investment in imaging technology by the University, including the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre at the School of Psychology, the Experimental MRI Centre at the School of Biosciences and The Wales Research & Diagnostic Positron & Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Centre a joint project with the NHS, at the University Hospital of Wales Heath Park campus.
The School has been instrumental in establishing and running many important research initiatives in Wales. They include the Wales Gene Park, which is involved in biomedical research, providing the NHS with new diagnostic and clinical services, genetics education, and the successful commercialisation of innovations arising from such activities. The Wales Cancer Bank is a collaborative project involving several NHS Trusts in Wales, the universities of Bangor and Swansea and the Welsh Assembly Government and is the first population-based collection of tumour and control tissue samples in Wales. The research will help establish the causes of cancer, help identify new areas for treatment and find out the best way to care for individual patients. The Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair uses scientific research to solve problems which are placing a heavy burden on health services around the world, such as eye repair, chronic wounds, kidney repair and sports injuries.
The School also houses the internationally-renowned Institute of Medical Genetics, winner of a 2007 Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The Institute has been a trail-blazer in identifying the genetic origins of many diseases and is now turning its attention to developing treatments for these diseases.