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Centre for Life Sciences
The majority of research within the Centre for Life Sciences reflects broad strength in biomedical science and there are strong links with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. These relationships provide opportunities to interact with clinicians and translational research at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM).
The three research themes host specialities ranging from molecular cell biology of apoptosis and its dysregulation, cancer, autoimmune disease, structural biology of the immune system, and crystallography to molecular biology and ecology of parasites and vectors involved in tropical diseases and biology and immunology of fish diseases to neurobiology, neuroplasticity, neurodegeneration, auditory neuroscience and deafness. Other staff in Life Sciences have research interactions involving the Centre for Chemical Sciences (ecotoxicology of aluminium and biological silicification) and the Centre for Geography, Geology and Environment (tree and plant ecology, tree-insect interactions).
The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) confirmed Keele's position as a leading university for research of world-class quality and international excellence. Staff in the centre for Life Sciences were submitted in three areas, namely A5 (Biological Sciences), A3 (Allied Health Professions) and B15 (General Engineering). All three submissions did very well, with A3 and B15 being particularly outstanding. As a direct result, research funding into Life Sciences for 2015-16 increased by 111% compared to the previous year. The results also showed that research in the Centre for Life Sciences is having a genuine impact, with world-leading examples where society has benefited from our research.