Key research fields in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

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The Medical School

Department of Infection, Immunity
& Cardiovascular Disease (IICD)

Our research broadly seeks to understand mechanisms of inflammation in the context of lung, heart and, more recently, brain disease. Our research encompasses a global priority, Infectious Disease, in which we seek to understand the interactions between infective bacteria and the immune system.

Key research fields

• Dermatology
• Immunology and Infectious Diseases
• Nephrology
• Respiratory Medicine
• Cardiovascular Biomechanics
• Cell Biology
• Coronary Artery Disease
• Experimental Models of Cardiovascular Disease
• Haemostasis
• Inflammatory Signalling
• Medical Physics
• Platelets
• Pulmonary Vascular
• Radiology
• Vascular Biology

Department of Oncology & Metabolism

Major areas of interest include genome instability, the cell cycle and signal transduction, tumour vascularisation and microenvironment, musculoskeletal and bone oncology, bone metabolism, reproduction, diabetes and endocrinology.

Key Research Fields:

• Bone Biology
• Bone Metabolism
• Child Health
• Clinical Oncology
• Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism
• Human Nutrition
• Inflammation and Tumour Targeting
• Metabolism
• Molecular Oncology
• Ophthalmology and Orthoptics
• Reproductive and Developmental Medicine
• Supportive Care
• Surgical Oncology
• Urology

Department of Neuroscience

This department has major strategic investments in Neurology, Neuropathology and Psychiatry research, based on common research interests in neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Key research fields

• Clinical Neurology
• Clinical Neuroscience
• Clinical Neuropsychology
• Neuropathology
• Neuroscience
• Psychiatry
• Translational Neuroscience

Academic Unit of Medical Education

AUME hosts an expanding programme of scholarship and research, working on a range of projects reflecting their strengths and expertise.

Key research fields

• Assessment and Feedback
• Social Accountability and Global Health
• Professionalism


Other departments

The School of Clinical Dentistry

The School of Clinical Dentistry conducts world-leading research with state-of-the-art facilities.

Key research fields

  • Oral biosciences
  • Infection and disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Pain mechanisms
  • Nerve injury
  • Bioengineering and health technologies
  • Biocompatibility and tissue engineering
  • Custom prostheses for surgery
  • Person centred and population oral health
  • Oral health and quality of life
  • Children and young people’s oral health
  • Evaluation of healthcare objectives


School of Nursing & Midwifery

The School of Nursing & Midwifery is ranked among the top ten in the UK for research. We have well developed research links both inside and outside of the university, including the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth (CSCY), the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Academic Unit of Supportive Care and NHS Trusts.

Key research fields

Members of the School carry out research under the overarching theme ‘Health and care across the life course: a relational approach’. This encompasses 2 major foci:

  • Child health and wellbeing
  • Enhancing the Care of older people and family carers

In each of these we specialise in the exploration of and support for: supportive relationships; enhanced environments for care and; user involvement in research.

School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

ScHARR has an international reputation for excellence in interdisciplinary health research.

Key research fields

  • Health Services Research
  • Health Technology Assessment and Appraisal
  • Emergency Care
  • Clinical Trials and Statistical Methods
  • Public Health especially Alcohol Research
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Psychological Services
  • Health Economics
  • Mixed Methods Research


Human Communication Sciences

Sheffield’s Department of Human Communication Sciences is a world-class centre for research and one of the leading UK departments in this field.

Key research fields

  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Application of linguistic theory and analysis to the study of communication and disorders of communication

Gaining a better understanding of speech language and communication in cleft palate, developmental speech and language disorders, and in adults with acquired disorders such as traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s Disease

Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language

  • Communication from the perspective of neurobiology
  • Our research leads to enhanced knowledge of the relationship between brain and mind
  • Improving communication for adults with acquired neurological communication disorders, through enhanced understanding and through new developments in assessment, intervention, and assistive technology

Developmental speech language and communication disorders

  • We work with children and adults with atypical development to understand developmental difficulties and dyslexia and the effects of socio-economic disadvantage
  • Improved knowledge of the nature of developmental difficulties, and production of new assessments and interventions for children