University of Aberdeen

The Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) is the flagship research institution of the University of Aberdeen. Its mission is to lead and support biomedical research within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, coordinating with the other biomedical research institutes at the Foresterhill campus (see below).  The research is organized into six Research Programmes which are:  Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Medicine; Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology; Immunity, Infection and Inflammation; Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health; Microbiology and Translational Neuroscience.  With the focus to develop future effective therapies, the IMS is the largest research institute at the University of Aberdeen, with over 411 researchers and support staff. The IMS is housed in dedicated buildings on the Foresterhill Health Campus, situated on the central site of the state-of-the-art Aberdeen hospitals, boasting one of the largest medical campuses in Europe. The IMS also houses the MRC Centre for Medical MycologyWellcome Trust Strategic Award in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Centre of Excellence.

The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health is a global leader in nutrition research and studies the relationship between the human diet and our health and wellbeing.  With main research themes in Gut Health, Metabolic Health, Obesity and Food Choice and Life-course and Population Health the research responds to the problems of  food inequality, food security and obesity, as well as the sustainable development of Scotland’s food industry.  Its new state-of-the art building at Foresterhill includes a clinical investigation unit, a metabolic research facility and a body composition suite, alongside extensive laboratories of the highest standard.  Research sponsored by the Scottish Government, EU and research councils has the goals of providing evidence for policy development at both national (Scotland) and UK level, the support of industry to gain market edge by creation of new products – especially the pharmaceutical and food industry and to contribute to education in nutrition and health at school, University and community levels.

 The Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) conducts population-based research into the need for, access to, evaluation of, and delivery of healthcare. The work is underpinned by methodological strengths in clinical trials, epidemiology, evidence synthesis, health economics, health technology assessment, medical statistics, and handling large datasets.  Strong collaborations exist with other universities, research institutions, foundations and governments within the UK, Europe, America and more than 12 developing countries. Partnerships also exist with major international and bi-lateral agencies such as the European Union (EU), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Population Council (New York). Industry-related collaborations include research projects, consultancies and membership of scientific advisory bodies.

University of Dundee

With the highest number of citations-per-paper for biological sciences in Europe (2013 QS World University Rankings), over £100 million of research income in 2013 and nearly 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, Dundee’s School of Life Sciences enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities for fundamental research and translation.

The School is home to the SULSA-funded Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), a fully operational, fully integrated drug discovery group working across multiple disease areas. The DDU tackles unmet medical need through small molecule drug discovery, bridging the gap between academic scientific research and commercial drug discovery and development.

The MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU) is also part of the School of Life Sciences, as is the newly established National Phenotypic Screening Centre, an interdisciplinary centre that develops and screens innovative assays that move away from the traditional target-based approaches in order to discover chemical biology tool molecules and more effective drug or agchem start points.

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine ‘One Medicine, One Health’ strategy is built upon integration of research from bench to bedside and from process to population. In the College’s submissions to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Veterinary Medicine was ranked 1st in the UK, Medicine was ranked in the top 5, Neuroscience was ranked 3rd and Social Work and Social Policy was 3rd.

The College has five major Research Institutes. Each institute has over 500 members of staff and postgraduate research students. They are: The Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI), The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Edinburgh Neuroscience, and The Roslin Institute. The QMRI is home to the MRC Centres of Inflammation Research, Regenerative Medicine, and Reproductive Health.

University of Glasgow

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities to improve health and quality of life for humans and animals across the globe.  The College also provides innovative teaching for our students, preparing them for a wide variety of exciting careers.

MVLS is home to over 2,000 staff and 5000 students and has an annual turnover of £205M. The College consists of seven research Institutes (Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Psychology, Molecular Cell and Systems Biology, Health and Wellbeing, and Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine) with an annual research income of over £106.5 million.

MVLS is also home to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, the MRC Centre for Virus Research, the BHF Centre of Research Excellence in Vascular Science and Medicine, the Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre, the EULAR Centre of Excellence, the ARUK Centre of Excellence, the ARUK Arthritis Treatment Centre and the MRC / CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot Watt’s strength in life sciences research lies an interdisciplinary approach to real world problems, the development of unique state-of-the-art facilities, and through collaboration between Schools and other research institutions. The interdisciplinary research interests and state-of-the-art facilities provide a unique environment for integrative research.

Heriot Watt drives economic and societal benefit through a number of interdisciplinary research centres and institutes. Amongst them is the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering. This institute applies advances in the chemical, physical, and engineering sciences to enable and enhance life science research.

A unique complement of infrastructure and facilities required to engage in this activity at the highest level is already in place in; world class cell biology, molecular imaging, atomic force microscopy, tissue/cell culture and bioprocessing facilities, laser and optical laboratories, linked by a high-speed data network, all in one building complex.

Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon is home to multi-disciplinary research that focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and welfare of patients, drawing on the research skills of academic staff in their Schools of Applied Social Studies, Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy and Life Sciences.  It also houses the Research Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE) and the CyanoSol research facility which aims to develop sustainable solutions for algae related problems in the aquatic environment in parallel with the exploitation of their diverse biosynthetic capabilities.

University of St Andrews

SULSA in the University of St Andrews, encompasses four Schools: Biology, Chemistry, Medicine and Psychology & Neuroscience.

Research in the School of Biology is organised into three major interdisciplinary centres: the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI), Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC) and Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD). In the REF2014 results, the impact of research undertaken in Biological Sciences in St Andrews was rated top in Scotland and second across the UK.

The BSRC has thirty-two affiliated research groups, who perform highly innovative, multi-disciplinary research in eleven broad areas of biomedical research, employing state-of-the-art techniques to address key questions at the leading edge of the biomedical and biological sciences. Research at the BSRC ranges from microbiology to structural biology and molecular medicine.

University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde is ranked No 1 in the Complete University Guide League Tables 2016 for Medical Technology. The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) is a major research centre in Scotland and is amongst the UK’s top Schools of Pharmacy. They have a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities and recently benefited from the opening of a new £36m building. SIPBS’ research is focused on ‘New Medicines, Better Medicines & Better Use of Medicines’. SIPBS is home to the research centres Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation (CMAC), the Cancer Research UK Formulation Unit, the SFC-funded Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), ORBITO, SeaBioTech and the Centre for Biophotonics.