Research at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Translational interdisciplinary medical, dental and biomedical research with global impact, from the lab to the clinic and the community

Derriford Research Facility (DRF)

Recently opened by HRH The Princess Royal, the DRF is the state-of-the-art new headquarters of the University of Plymouth’s Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed).

Home to ITSMed's world-class clinical and biomedical research and our internationally renowned Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

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On behalf of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, it is my pleasure to introduce you to our world-class research and innovation.

Ranked first for research outputs in Clinical Medicine in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we are an exciting, dynamic, rapidly expanding research operation with a reputation for exceptional quality. Our capabilities have been further enhanced by the construction of the Derriford Research Facility, a £17 million investment into the University’s biomedical research infrastructure, which will provide additional state-of-the-art laboratories for the Faculty's researchers and our partners.

This facility forms part of and is the headquarters for our flagship Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMED), where research into the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and preventative approaches is driven by our Biomedical Research Group and Clinical Trials and Population Studies Group, focusing on our core research themes of Cancer, Clinical Neuroscience and Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and cross-cutting Diagnostics, Clinical Trials and Public Health research.

Our high-impact, interdisciplinary Community and Primary Care Research, connects researchers, expertise and activity across both ITSMed and the University’s Institute for Health and Community (IHC), to investigate and evaluate treatments and preventative approaches across the healthcare sector.

Our research across health and medicine is enabled by the University of Plymouth’s UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)

Our Healthcare Education and Assessment Research, led by the Internationally renowned team at CAMERA (Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment), facilitates improvements in patient safety and engagement through evidence-based professional education.

Central to our continuing success are the key partnerships, particularly with neighbouring University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trustfacilities and services that underpin our research and innovation activity, our skilled and dedicated academic, research, professional services and administrative staff and our exceptional research students.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Professor Adrian Taylor   Associate Dean for Research

Professor Adrian Taylor - Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

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Recent publications

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  • Heine T, Zimmerling J, Ballmann A, Kleeberg SB, Rueckert C, Busche T, Winkler A, Kalinowski J, Poetsch A & Scholtissek A 2018 'On the Enigma of Glutathione-Dependent Styrene Degradation in Gordonia rubripertincta CWB2' APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 84, (9) Author Site , DOI
  • Paisi M, Kay E, Kaimi I, Witton R, Nelder R, Christophi C & Lapthorne D 2018 'Obesity and dental caries in young children in Plymouth, United Kingdom: A Spatial Analysis' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 35, (1) 58-64 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Cerletti M, Paggi R, Troetschel C, Celeste Ferrari M, Guevara CR, Albaum S, Poetsch A & De Castro R 2018 'LonB Protease Is a Novel Regulator of Carotenogenesis Controlling Degradation of Phytoene Synthase in Haloferax volcanii' JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 17, (3) 1158-1171 Author Site , DOI
  • Costa MI, Cerletti M, Paggi RA, Troetschel C, De Castro RE, Poetsch A & Gimenez MI 2018 'Haloferax volcanii Proteome Response to Deletion of a Rhomboid Protease Gene' JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 17, (3) 961-977 Author Site , DOI
  • Kay E, Owen L, Taylor M, Claxton L & Sheppard L 2018 'The use of cost-utility analysis for the evaluation of caries prevention: an exploratory case study of two community-based public health interventions in a high-risk population in the UK' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 35, (1) 30-36 Author Site , DOI
  • Plessas A, Delgado MB, Nasser M, Hanoch Y & Moles DR 2018 'Impact of stress on dentists' clinical performance. A systematic review' COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH 35, (1) 9-15 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Castelino M, Eyre S, Moat J, Fox G, Martin P, Ho P, Upton M & Barton A 2017 'Optimisation of methods for bacterial skin microbiome investigation: primer selection and comparison of the 454 versus MiSeq platform' BMC Microbiology 17, (1) , DOI PEARL
  • Collett T, Hanks S, Watson H & Davies T 2017 'Collecting student feedback: a whole-school approach' Medical Education 51, (5) 547-548 , DOI PEARL
  • Kay EJ, Vascott D, Hocking A & Nield H 2016 'Motivational interviewing in general dental practice: A review of the evidence' BDJ 221, (12) 785-791 , DOI PEARL
  • Ali K, Slade A, Kay E, Zahra D, Chatterjee A & Tredwin C 2016 'Application of Rasch analysis in the development and psychometric evaluation of dental undergraduates preparedness assessment scale' European Journal of Dental Education , DOI PEARL