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Biomedical & Environmental Research Excellence

Our research is coordinated through the Institute of Biomedical & Environmental
Health Research (IBEHR) which is internationally recognised and was rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Current projects include:

  • UWS researchers, as part of a consortium of universities, have been awarded a £1.2 million programme grant from Arthritis Research UK to bring together, for the first time, experts in bone, matrix, molecular and systems biology in a concerted effort to better understand osteoarthritis

  • The development of novel optical and optoelectronic explosives sensors and an examination of the effect of short chain fatty acid delivery systems on appetite suppression Preventing pharmaceutical waste from entering soil and water supplies in China

  • Heart Research UK-funded study into the effects of high glucose levels on the functioning of humanblood vessels of different size and origin

  • Award-winning parasitology research, which focused on the sight-threatening parasite Acanthamoeba and the development of OptiCLENS technology to prevent potential blindness in contact lens wearers by inhibiting the essential metabolic pathways of Acanthamoeba, which the human host is unable to do

  • A project funded by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland is underway to determine whether short-term exposure to sunlight could actually be beneficial for our cardiovascular health

  • Research is underway to help the steel industry manage its wastes and develop environmentally sustainable ways of disposing process residues

Our research in science also has interdisciplinary links with UWS research groups in engineering, physics and health areas.

Biomedical & Environmental Science Research Area Students | UWS | University of the West of Scotland

Science research groupings

  • Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health (IBEHR)
    • Centre for Musculoskeletal Science
    • Infection and Microbiology Research Group
    • Centre of Environmental Research
    • Drug Design, Discovery and Molecular Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
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We have a wide range of exciting opportunities for PhD degrees in the field of Physical Sciences.

For more information and an overview of our projects click here

Last updated: 18/06/2020

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