Clinical Sciences Research Institute
Director: Professor Victor Zammit
Deputy Director: tba
Manager: Mrs Ann Caine
Technical Manager: Dr Rob Eason
The Clinical Sciences Research Laboratories (CSRL) is a centre for research into several areas of human health. The work of the Institute ranges from molecular and cellular biology to patient-orientated physiological approaches. Our programme of research on Metabolic Health includes studies on mechanisms underlying the aetiology, prevention and treatment of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and the effects of ethnicity on the susceptibility to such conditions. Clinical and epidemiological studies are underpinned by enzymological, cell biological and molecular approaches that seek to understand the mechanisms of disease, including the study of hormone and cytokine receptor function, the role of inflammation in diabetes/obesity, and the identification of novel markers for metabolic disease. The programme of research into Reproductive Health has a particular emphasis on pre-term labour, pre-eclampsia and the study of human fertility. Fundamental studies are performed on egg and sperm biology and the very early phases of development.
This multi-disciplinary approach to the study of socio-economically important conditions, has brought together a critical mass of scientists and clinicians who continue to make major contributions towards the understanding and treatment of these diseases. The aim of the CSRI is the promotion of human health through research, locally within the large multi-ethnic community of the English Midlands, and globally through international collaborations and dissemination of our research findings.
Purpose-built laboratories equipped with instruments that use the latest technology provide an excellent base for experimental research, while special areas within the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) provide the necessary interface for patient-orientated research. The Institute has established strategic partnerships with academic and commercial centres.