Within Biomedical Science, our research is organised around four interdisciplinary Research Centres. This allows us to focus our staff, training and investment in infrastructure to bring together basic and clinical research scientists across departments and faculties to strengthen our core research areas and to nurture opportunities for commercial and clinical translation.
The established Research Centres are the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD), the Bateson Centre, the Centre for Stem Cell Biology (CSCB) and a recent fourth - the Centre for Sensory Neuroscience. All staff are members of at least one of these Centres and usually two or three since it is at the interface between Centres that we see the greatest potential for future developments.
Research in all four Centres is focused on excellent fundamental biology, coupled with the development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies and a pipeline through translation to delivery. We support staff from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health through the provision of lab space and infrastructure support, to facilitate a strong interface between clinical and basic scientists to address questions about the basis of disease. Our developing strategy is to strengthen our basic underpinning research and facilitate further strong collaborative links with colleagues in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, and Engineering who recognise and complement our strengths.
The Bateson Centre
The Bateson Centre (for Lifecourse Biology) is a vibrant partnership between basic and clinician scientists in the Faculties of Science and Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield. It is a leading national centre for lifecourse biology and biomedical research. Studying developmental processes enables us to gain profound insight into how the body’s cells and systems are equipped to face the challenges of life after birth.
Founded in 2012, CMIAD comprises members from several departments at the University of Sheffield. CMIAD brings together cell biologists with expertise in membrane traffic and the cytoskeleton to work alongside physicists, chemists, computational biologists and clinicians. The aim is to understand how membrane dynamics contribute to the healthy organism and how this knowledge may be translated into improved therapies to treat diseases.
The CSCB was the first UK laboratory to undertake research on human embryonic stem cells and its research and discoveries are now central to developing clinical applications for pluripotent stem cells in regenerative medicine. It plays a major role in training scientists in this dynamic field, as well as hosting a number of commercial and academic partnerships, and complements the overall strength in Developmental Biology and Medicine at the University of Sheffield.
Forming part of the Sheffield Neuroscience research institution, Sensory Neuroscience focuses on how sensory systems represent the world to facilitate the guidance and adaptation of communication and movement in health and disease.
Biomedical research has evolved very rapidly over the last few decades to provide insights into the molecular basis of sensory transduction, transfer of information to the central nervous system and human behaviour.