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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Ranked first in the UK for research output quality in Clinical Medicine

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

  • Sabour D, Machado RSR, Pinto JP, Rohani S, Sahito RGA, Hescheler J, Futschik ME & Sachinidis A 2018 'Parallel Genome-wide Profiling of Coding and Non-coding RNAs to Identify Novel Regulatory Elements in Embryonic and Maturated Heart' Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids 12, 158-173 , DOI PEARL
  • Barlow J, Solomon TPJ & Affourtit C 2018 'Pro-inflammatory cytokines attenuate glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from INS-1E insulinoma cells by restricting mitochondrial pyruvate oxidation capacity - Novel mechanistic insight from real-time analysis of oxidative phosphorylation' PLoS One 13, (6) e0199505-e0199505 Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Giner-Lamia J, Hernández-Prieto M & E. Futschik M 2018 'ChIP-seq Experiment and Data Analysis in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803' BIO-PROTOCOL 8, (12) , DOI
  • Giampaolo S, Wójcik G, Klein-Hessling S, Serfling E & Patra AK 2018 'B cell development is critically dependent on NFATc1 activity' Cellular & Molecular Immunology , DOI
  • Bernardes Delgado M, Burns L, Quinn C, Moles D & Kay E 2018 'Oral Care of Palliative Care Patients - Carers' and Relatives' Experiences. A Qualitative Study' British Dental Journal , DOI PEARL
  • Gunputh UF, Le H, Handy RD & Tredwin C 2018 'Anodised TiO 2 nanotubes as a scaffold for antibacterial silver nanoparticles on titanium implants' Materials Science and Engineering: C 91, 638-644 , DOI PEARL
  • Sareen N, Sequiera GL, Chaudhary R, Abu-El-Rub E, Chowdhury SR, Sharma V, Surendran A, Moudgil M, Fernyhough P & Ravandi A 2018 'Early passaging of mesenchymal stem cells does not instigate significant modifications in their immunological behavior' Stem Cells Research and Therapy , DOI PEARL
  • Archer J, Cameron N, Lewis M, Marshall M, O'Hanlon J, Regan de Bere S, Walshe K, Baines R, Boyd A & Bryce M 2018 UMbRELLA: Evaluating the regulatory impacts of medical revalidation – final report. General Medical Council Publisher Site
  • Affourtit C, Alberts B, Barlow J, Carré JE & Wynne AG 2018 'Control of pancreatic β-cell bioenergetics' Biochemical Society Transactions Author Site , DOI PEARL
  • Stone WJR, Campo JJ, Ouédraogo AL, Meerstein-Kessel L, Morlais I, Da D, Cohuet A, Nsango S, Sutherland CJ & van de Vegte-Bolmer M 2018 'Publisher Correction: Unravelling the immune signature of Plasmodium falciparum transmission-reducing immunity' Nature Communications 9, (1) , DOI PEARL