Exchange Visits

As part of the research project module, you will undertake upto 3 weeks of exchange visits to either (or both) of the two CIMA sites (Liverpool and Newcastle), so that you can access facilities and resources relevant for your project. 

Exchange visits are an integral part of the MRes because although individually each University has excellent facilities for basic science research, pre-clinical and clinical research, as a student of CIMA, you will have shared access to high-end technology and expertise, access to model systems that cover the musculoskeletal system as a whole and clinical expertise and resources not available in any single institute.

Here is a list of facilities that you can access as a CIMA student. 

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Here are examples of what our students have done during their exchange visits: 


What did you do?

Ran blood serum test samples collected from mice on the MSD multiplexing instrument and performed End-Point PCR using the powerful PCR Thermal Cycler (S1000) instrument (Bio-Rad).

What did you gain from it?

Researchers in Newcastle were extremely helpful, I had a technician with me at the beginning and support from the senior postdoc all the time. My communication and interpersonal skills helped me to integrate well in that multidisciplinary environment, not only in professional level. I made friends and came back to Sheffield with enriched experience.


What did you do?

Updated food composition databases for vitamin D content of foods in order to achieve a more accurate estimate of dietary vitamin D intake, developed a more comprehensive Food Frequency Questionnaire to more accurately measure vitamin D intake and a more comprehensive sunlight exposure questionnaire in order to better quantify sunlight exposure.

What did you gain from it?

My exchange visit and collaboration with Newcastle University as part of my dissertation project was invaluable due to the complimentary and specialized expertise that I had access to from two different supervisors at two different Universities.


What did you do?

Implemented the Inertial Measurement Unit devices to a pre-existing longitudinal investigation evaluating Parkinson's Disease and gained access to a database of Parkinson's Disease patients and their age matched controls.

What did you gain from it?

From being able visit Newcastle and gain experience to analyse pathological gait patterns, while working amongst amongst an expertly run multifaceted research team, it has truly been an invaluable experience for my personal development as a researcher.