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.
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.
A cost-effective therapy to reduce NHS waiting times
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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.
How we remodelled England’s National Ambulance Service
England’s National Ambulance Service provides care for millions of people every year. However, too often patients have been left waiting hours for care. But the University of Sheffield has helped to change all that.
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?
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.
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’...
Changing the conversation about ageing
The University of Sheffield Healthy Lifespan Institute is the first institute in the UK focussed on preventing age-related illness throughout a person’s life, not just at the very end.
The Head Up collar
Everyone values their independence. But motor neurone disease takes it from over 2,000 of us a year in the UK. Professor Chris McDermott and his team wanted to transform the lives of their patients by giving them some independence back.
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.
Using regenerative medicine to cure blindness
Treatment for blindness in developing countries is often expensive and restricted. Regenerative medical techniques developed at The University of Sheffield could provide a solution to this.
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.
How increasing the price of alcohol is saving lives and reducing crime
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.