Related research

The areas of research are the broader context of health research at the University of Bristol. The Institute supports research that crosses disciplines to deliver impact.

Bioethics and Health Law

Our researchers are world leaders in health ethics and lawBased in several of our faculties our experts conduct empirical and theoretical research with impact on clinical decision-making, research, and policy.


Our leading engineering academics are addressing many of society's grand challenges in advanced healthcare.


The University has world-class imaging facilities spanning scales from atomic force microscopy (AFM) and holographic optical tweezer microscopes, through light and electron microscopes to human clinical imaging in our Clinical Research Imaging Centre and other NHS based facilities.  


Informatics is concerned with the challenges and opportunities arising from having unprecedented amounts of data available in computer-readable form. Informatics research at the University crosses disciplines and harnesses the power of big data.

Materials Science (Synthetic biology and advanced composite materials)

The overarching aim of this diverse, interdisciplinary activity is to pioneer innovative chemically based approaches to new forms of soft and hard multi-functional matter organised over a range of length scales in order to achieve a deeper understanding of its behaviour and emergent properties. Development of synthetic and natural materials used in biomedical applications contributes to significant improvements in healthcare.

Mathematics / Statistics

The Statistics group carries out research on many aspects of this science: methods for the analysis of data, and computational techniques for performing this analysis. The applications of this research are many and varied, ranging from the analysis of solar flares to robot navigation, from genetic research to signal processing.  Advanced mathematics is vital for developing quantitative and theoretical approaches in biology and medicine.

Medical Humanities

The medical humanities, as a disciplinary field, offers one route towards a more mature understanding of illness and the scientific basis of its alleviation. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines that have sought to portray and question the nature of medicine. Its principal fields are literature, philosophy, social anthropology and history. A new centre for Health Humanities has just opened at the University of Bristol.

Methodology Research (Trials)

Trial infrastructure at Bristol includes two UK CRC / NCRI accredited trials units: The Clinical Trials Evaluation Unit (CTEU); and Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC).  Additional enabling infrastructure includes the MRC ConDuCT (COllaboration and iNnovation in DifficUlt and complex randomised Controlled Trials) methodology hub, and the Royal College of Surgeons’ Bristol Surgical Trials Centre.

Nanoscience and Quantum Information

The Nanoscience and Quantum Information research theme harnesses a broad range of the University’s medical, scientific and engineering expertise. Interdisciplinary work across the theme stimulates advances in these fields that are widely anticipated to be critical to future developments in health research.


Particle physicists have a range of methodologies on their hands that can be useful  in biomedical research including developing new data recording technologies, building electronic and computing systems to handle large data streams, developing software to  perform fast statistical analysis across very large data samples and perform real time analysis of big data.

The Astrophysics Group is active in several research areas. It specializes in cosmology, the formation of clusters and galaxies, active galaxies, high-energy astrophysical processes, and the formation of extrasolar planets. It also offers signal processing, high-resolution imaging, data manipulation and visualisation techniques that can be applied in biomedical research.

Social Sciences

Our academics are internationally recognised leaders in their fields producing world-class research across the social sciences and law. Health related research strengths include in particular policy studies, health and social care, exercise and nutrition, and law. 

Synthetic Chemistry

Chemical synthesis, in its very broadest sense, remains a vital and central activity, and the symbiotic interaction between new synthetic methodology, total synthesis, molecular function and application is a central but broad based theme.  Synthetic chemistry is central to the advancement of medicine and the life sciences, for example, in development of new drugs.

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