College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Research themes

Our ten research themes.

Animal health and agriculture

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Our scientists and vets are leading research to improve the health and welfare of livestock, pets and wild animals.

Brain health

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Our researchers look at the brain from birth, through adulthood, to old age, seeking to develop new therapies for complex, debilitating diseases.


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Scientists throughout the College lead research into causes, risk factors and potential treatments for many types of cancer that can affect people and animals. 

Cardiometabolic diseases 

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Our researchers are working to understand what causes so many people to die from preventable conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

Data sciences

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Researchers at the College explore how the principles of computer science can be used to improve human and animal health.


A genetic researcher pointing at data on a computer monitor
Genetics researchers at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine investigate how genetic material, or DNA, influences health and wellbeing throughout our whole lives.

Global health

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Our researchers help to measure the burden of diseases worldwide, making connections between human health and the health of the planet.

Infectious diseases

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We study infectious diseases both from the aspect of the viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites that cause disease - and the way the body responds to infection.

Regeneration and repair

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Our researchers study how the body repairs itself with a view to developing treatments for diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and liver conditions.

Reproductive health

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Researchers at the College are working on a range of projects related to human reproduction, including research into fertility, contraception, maternal and fetal health, and reproductive cancers.