Research activity

A wide range of research is carried out under the Translational Medicine theme. Centres, groups and projects have been created to carry out essential research into the area.

Working in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research

We work closely with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health's body for NHS, social care and public health research.

We are working on two collaborative projects with the NIHR:


Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CCNR) (CCNR) The CCNR has carried out important research into the relationship between traumatic brain injury in youth and criminal activity.
Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) CHERC has won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for it's impact in improving knowledge of the role of exercise in child health.

Identity and the Psychology of Self in Society (IPSIS)

Research carried out at IPSIS has included projects investigating the effects of workplace diversity on investor confidence.
Mood Disorders Centre (MDC) The MDC is involved in several projects aiming to improve the understanding and treatment of mood disorders.


Bioenergetics and Human Performance (BHP) The BHP group has carried out extensive work with business, including a collaboration with Kellogg's into the relationship between energy intake, physical activity and body mass in children.
Child Health research The Child Health group works closely with the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled children.
Epidemiology and Public Health This group carried out important research into the risks and benefits of genetic testing for complex conditions.
Peninsula Ageing Research Collaboration (PARC) PARC seeks to unite local partners, including academics, medics, and researchers, in tackling the problems that face an increasingly elderly population by encouraging physical activity through community engagement and other initiatives.
  (PAHAL) External grants have funded research in determining the effects of exercise as a therapy for depression, falls among Parkinson’s patients, smoking cessation, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 
Polygenic Molecular Genetics Our Polygenic Molecular Genetics group have led on key research into type two diabetes, advancing the understanding of the genetic aspects of the condition.


Dementia OLD Sept17 The University of Exeter is fast becoming recognised for world-class dementia research. Our pioneering work in dementia and ageing is multi-faceted in its approach.
Genomics Our expertise ranges from translating findings from genomic studies to improve patient care, to using genomics to understand the evolution of infectious disease and the social and ethical aspects of genomic innovation in the life sciences, health and medicine.
Precision Medicine Precision medicine is an integrated approach, using both analytical and clinical data to improve clinical care by increasing precision in the understanding of the mechanisms of disease and drug response.