Quality of Research
Other Hospital Based Studies
School of Medicine
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Other Hospital Based Studies (A4)||31.42||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
Research Profile: Other Hospital Based Studies
Research in hospital-based clinical subjects is undertaken by an integrated group of researchers from ten School of Medicine departments, establishing a thriving and vibrant research community which successfully translates basic research into practice.
The core grouping in this area is the Metabolism, Repair and Regeneration Interdisciplinary Research Group, which looks at tissue injury, wound healing and the endocrine system.
One of the School’s key strengths lies in the area of research in hospital-based clinical subjects.
The School has also established the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair, a unique cross-school collaboration of researchers and clinicians looking at the health problems related to tissue damage. The Institute was instrumental in securing Cardiff’s bid for the Healing Foundation’s first UK Centre for Burn Injury, where research will help the 14,000 people who suffer burns in the UK every year.
The Wound Healing Research Unit is at the forefront of wound healing research and education, helping to reduce the discomfort and recovery time of patients and free up valuable bed space in the NHS. The Unit has worked with industrial partners to develop advanced and bioactive wound dressings.
Cardiff receives major awards from the NSPCC and the Medical Research Council for work on physical child abuse. The Welsh Child Protection Systematic Review Group is now the leading UK research centre for diagnosis and investigation of child abuse. Studies include bruising, non-accidental fractures and bites.
Research Studentships are funded from competitive peer-reviewed sources such as, Research into Ageing, the Welsh Assembly Government, International Society of Nephrology, Clinical Endocrinology Trust, local competitive NHS Clinical Research Fellow awards, and funding from commercially sponsored investigator driven projects. The group has also invested in additional studentships specifically to help early career researchers to begin the process of building research groups.