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REF2014 success for Allied Health at Roehampton

The Health Science Research Centre and Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre submitted a combined submission to REF 2014. Results of which showed that 84% of the research output were rated as 3* and 4* in terms of originality, significance and rigour (where 3* is internationally excellent and 4* world leading).

The Health Science Research Centre (HSRC) conducts and delivers research, consultancy and teaching across several disciplines which include Neuroscience, Nutrition/Regulation of Metabolism, Cell Biology, Immunology and Microbiology. 

Our research is not only considered to be of high quality both nationally and internationally and has attracted productive partnerships; it is also directly relevant to society. Through our research and teaching, both undergraduate and postgraduate, we aim to create a dynamic environment which supports research activities of staff and students. We accept inquiries about PhD opportunities from suitably qualified applicants.

Research

Our multidisciplinary team are currently investigating the addictive nature of novel psychoactive drugs, mechanisms of brain cell death and repair using neural stem cells, immunoprotective role of Vitamin D in multiple sclerosis, novel therapeutic strategies to control microbial resistance to antibiotics, hormone secretion and pancreatic cell survival in type 2 diabetes, hormonal regulation of appetite, role of nutrition in health and disease, including obesity and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and cellular mechanisms of myeloma. Our research is funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, MSIF, EUMadness, Diabetes UK, The Royal Society and Cancer Research UK as well as a number of smaller grants.

We have productive collaborations within the research centre and department as well as externally with academic centres of excellence in the UK and internationally. We run a regular series of research seminars with contributions by eminent speakers from other universities; these seminars are open to our staff, students and visitors.

Lab facilities and resources

We have well equipped laboratories with analytical facilities for cell culture, fluorescent and colorimetric immunoassays, immuno-histochemistry, immunofluorescence microscopy, and quantitative microscopy with stereology (MicroBrightField) as well as neurochemistry.

For biochemical studies, we have high specification liquid chromatography systems and a laboratory designated for work with radioactive isotopes. Cell culture and in vitro imaging facilities are used in our neural stem cell, cell biology and immunology research; this includes a flow cytometer, a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) apparatus, a Nanodrop spectrophotometer, ELISA and fluorescent plate readers and an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (UPLC-(TQ)-MS, Waters Xevo TQ-S micro).

The laboratories are supported by highly qualified technical staff, several of them holding postgraduate degrees (MScs and PhD).

Research & Consultancy in Preclinical Developments

The Health Sciences Research Centre offers a research consultancy service across several disciplines of the biomedical and health sciences. Our state of the art cell and molecular biology laboratories are equipped with analytical facilities in the form of microscopy analysers, autoradiography, flow cytometry, high sensitivity HPLC and LC-MS, and neural stem cell and tissue culture facilities. Our experts have a background in wide area of research from the molecular sciences through to nutrition and dietetics.

Doctoral Research

The department has a strong research environment and its high calibre research staff are well qualified to mentor students to a successful PhD. They have a wide range of expertise and are engaged in collaborative work with researchers, both within the University and at other institutions and organisations, in the UK and abroad. Excellent research facilities, with well-equipped specialist labs and diverse fieldwork opportunities, make this a stimulating environment to work and study in.

There are a broad range of PhD opportunities available in each of the research centres, with a number of internally and externally funded PhD studentships. PhD students are an integral part of the department - attending regular research seminars and research centre meetings, engaging in teaching activities and giving conference presentations in both the UK and abroad

The department has a strong research environment and its high calibre research staff are well qualified to mentor students to a successful PhD. They have a wide range of expertise and are engaged in collaborative work with researchers, both within the University and at other institutions and organisations, in the UK and abroad. Excellent research facilities, with well-equipped specialist labs and diverse fieldwork opportunities, make this a stimulating environment to work and study in.

There are a broad range of PhD opportunities available in each of the research centres, with a number of internally and externally funded PhD studentships. PhD students are an integral part of the department - attending regular research seminars and research centre meetings, engaging in teaching activities and giving conference presentations in both the UK and abroad.

For more information on PhD opportunities in Life Sciences at the ‘Top New University in London', please contact Dr Emma Skipper (attaching your CV) and see our Graduate School page. We look forward to hearing from you.

Health Sciences Masters Programmes associated with the Centre

MSc Health Sciences; MSc Stress and Health; p.brady@roehampton.ac.uk

MSc Clinical Neuroscience j.opacka-juffry@roehampton.ac.uk

MSc Clinical Nutritionmichael.patterson@roehampton.ac.uk / simon.dyall@roehamtpon.ac.uk

MSc Obesity – Risk and Prevention - michael.patterson@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information please contact:

Professor Jolanta Opacka-Juffry
Centre Director
Health Science Research Centre
Department of Life Sciences
Whitelands College
University of Roehampton
Holybourne Avenue
London SW15 4JD
Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3255

Email: J.Opacka_juffry@roehampton.ac.uk