Health, health care and social care
Our research is transforming the understanding of health and disease. We are pioneering new treatments for some of the most devastating conditions and helping to improve practices and policies, in the UK, and beyond. Find out more about how we are meeting the needs of individuals and society.
A digital mental health intervention
According to YoungMinds, 80 per cent of young people felt that the pandemic made their mental health worse. Research by psychologist Dr Liat Levita is at the heart of an award-winning interactive show to support secondary school pupils with their wellbeing.
Changing support practises for adults with experience of childhood trauma
*Trigger warning: this article includes content relating to childhood sexual abuse*
Killing cancer cells with a Trojan horse
Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Led by three female co-founders, our proposed venture has found a way to kill cancer cells while reducing stress on the immune system. Like a Trojan horse, the coatings hide the virus from the body.
A turning point for motor neurone disease
An investigational drug has shown promising signs of slowing the progression of a type of motor neurone disease. The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial showed significant improvements in patients’ symptoms, with one patient in a wheelchair later able to walk without sticks.
Uniting experts to address infertility in The Gambia and beyond
Societal expectations of becoming a parent soon after marriage are high in The Gambia, but thousands of couples face involuntary childlessness, or infertility. Our international research collaboration is improving fertility awareness, guiding policy and transforming practice.
Pioneering detailed lung MRI scans without radiation
We've developed a novel type of MRI scan that produces unique images of the lungs. The safe scan uses inhaled hyperpolarised xenon gas to pick up on lung abnormalities previously undetected with routine tests.
Giving a voice to the migrant community of Samos
Forgotten by the rest of Europe, Samos is a Greek island facing a humanitarian crisis. Dr Anna Gordon led a collaborative project that used data to amplify the conditions of the camp and lobby for improvements.
An international collaboration to prevent premature birth
Researchers from the University of Sheffield are collaborating with hospitals and universities across the globe to find practical, affordable ways to reduce the number of premature births around the world.
The deceptive hormone essential for health
Pancreatic cancer is one of the world’s most aggressive cancers. But what if the hormone that allows it to grow is the key to stopping it in its tracks?
Safely reducing trips to A&E
Our research has shown that paramedics with extended skills can leave older patients safely at home with potential cost savings to the NHS of over £50 million, reducing unnecessary journeys to the hospital.
A cost-effective therapy to reduce NHS waiting times
*Trigger warning: this article includes content relating to eating disorders*
Help! I'm scared of the dentist
Many people are scared of the dentist. For children, it can appear to be a strange environment full of unusual tools and unfamiliar smells. Our research gives children control during dental procedures to reduce anxiety.
Psychosocial stress associated with skin conditions
A third of people living with long term skin conditions may experience some form of distress and stigmatisation. How can we ensure that the right support is in place to address this?
Repairing nerves with 3D printing
Patients who experience nerve injury report severe numbness and pain. Researchers at our School of Clinical Dentistry are using a unique library of human tissue to prevent this to improve patient treatment and quality of life.
Surviving a heart attack: How ticagrelor saves lives
Ticagrelor has saved the lives of thousands of heart attack patients around the world. Its journey from discovery over twenty years ago to world-wide treatment was the product of one of the largest clinical trials in the world.
Reducing hospital admissions for suspected heart attacks
350,000 people are admitted to hospital each year suspected of having had a heart attack. We've improved how clinicians test suspected heart attack patients to create huge economic savings.
Using radio to tackle Covid-19 misinformation in Burkina Faso
Attacked by extremist groups and enduring climate disasters, Burkina Faso is dealing with a humanitarian emergency that has been worsened by Covid-19. Our methodology prevents the spread of misinformation in communities.
Does minimum unit pricing affect all alcohol? The biggest alcohol policy myths busted
Heavy drinking contributes to a strain on the NHS and society as a whole. But a new minimum unit pricing policy could be a solution. Colin Angus' research looks at answering new policy questions, both in the UK and internationally.
The undercover geographer
Our research is transforming employment health support. Adam Whitworth is a geographer attempting to map a new way through employment and health support for those most in need. His approach? ‘Go native’...
Freeing up patient information for research
How do we safely balance our need for privacy with the need to advance medical treatments? Dr Vicky Chico's research has influenced healthcare data policies and NHS guidance.