Facilities available to you across CIMA

As a student of CIMA, you will reap the benefits of having all CIMA facilities across the Centre open to you during your research project module.  You may wish to learn a new technique in another laboratory or to run experiments in another site. You may simply wish to liaise with the members of your supervision team based at Newcastle or Liverpool.  Whatever the reason, you will be fully supported by Sheffield and the external site during your stay and accommodations and inductions will be arranged for you. 

More about what previous students have done during their exchange visits. 

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The University of Sheffield Mellanby Centre for Bone Research 

Based in the University of Sheffield Medical School, the Mellanby Centre was established in 2009 in recognition of our international standing in bone research. They host a state-of-the-art bone biochemistry laboratory with the latest autoanalysers and a bone analysis laboratory with contemporary imagining equipment. 

The University of Sheffield Bone Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)

Established with NIHR infrastructure funding, the BRU is a partnership between the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, includes a bone-imaging suite housing a high resolution peripheral CT scanner (Xtreme CT) amogst other non-invasive bone assessment tools. 

National Centre for Sport, Physical Activity & Wellbeing (NCESEM)

As part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy Sheffield has been selected as one of three partners in the NCESEM. A state of the art facility for research in sport and exercise medicine will be built used for physiological and biomechanical studies in the Sheffield population.

MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics (CDBG)

The Centre brings together developmental geneticists with clinician scientists creating a focus of expertise in the development of animal models of human disease with the aim of stimulating the translation of findings from model systems to the development of novel therapies and clinical practice.  


The University of Liverpool Proteomics Laboratory 

Provides state-of-the-art capacity in proteomics, as well as a home for the Protein Function Group.  It is a custom user-designed space that meets all of the needs for the support and management of the key technology in proteomics: mass spectometry. 

The University of Liverpool MRC/NERC Centre for Genomic Research (CGR)

Running three next generation sequencing platforms, LifeTechnologies' SOLiD, Illuminads GA2 and Roche's 454 GS FLX platform augmented by robotic preparative pipelines. 

The Magnetic Resonance & Image Analysis Research Centre (MARIARC)

Directed by Graham Kemp, the Centre hosts a Siemens Symphony 1.5 T and a Trio 3 T scanner which support MR-bases whole body composition and muscle cross-sectional area analysis.  Used for diffusion tensor imaging and perfusion imaging applied to muscle, cartilage and tendon studies.  

The University of Liverpool Biomechanics Group Facility

Supports full body dynamic modelling and finite element analysis of musculoskeletal mechanics and foot-ground interactions, featuring state-of-the-art facilities for gait analysis, including static and treadmill-based point force and pressure measurement and microCT, ultrasound and laser scanning imaging facilities. 


MRC Muscle Performance and Exercise Training Laboratory 

Combining state-of-the-art measurement equipment for physical fitness, cardiac function, muscle strength and body composition, alongside a physical activity and exercise intervention delivery team.  

Musculoskeletal Research Group

Consisting of 75 research staff, its aims are to foster strong interactions between clinicians and laboratory scientists.  Houses the Wilson Horne Immunotheray Centre, a translational research facility for early phase clinical studies of immune modulators and linked experimental studies. 

Newcastle Biomedicine Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU)

Facilitates the development of early assessment and intervention strategies targeted at age associated degenerative conditions.  Provides high quality and patient friendly environment for Phase II-IV clinical studies in the older patient. 

Campus for Ageing and Vitality

Bringing together biomarker laboratories, the aged-mouse facility, experimental platforms for 3TMRI, PET, gait and exercise laboratories and bio-banking facilities.