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Our research strategy

Warwick Medical School is a hub for basic, translational and applied research. We aim to improve existing methods used to prevent and treat disease. Over 500 researchers work here, what unites them is a collective endeavour to discover the principles underpinning biomedicine and health sciences using quantitative and experimental approaches.


Collaborations with other departments is key to our work. In doing so we harness the academic strength of one of the UK’s highest research rated universities. In experimental science our focus is “Precision Medicine”, with activities in the broad themes of Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Infection, and Translational and Experimental Medicine. We work at molecular, cellular, and whole organismal levels to understand the behaviour of normal and diseased cells and tissues. We develop and use cutting edge technologies to probe mechanisms of cancer, reproductive disorders, metabolic and infectious disease. Through links with clinicians at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and other NHS Trusts we are working to translate our findings. The Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research, which launched this year, is just one example of this.


The internationally-renowned Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (WCTU) conducts trials which influences practice all over the world. One trial, which identified the best methods for out-of-hospital resuscitation, and won first prize from the International Society for Clinical Trials in 2015, is one such example.
The NIHR £31m West Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research, established at WMS is another example of how through our research we are working to improve health service management and support.


Our experts in quantitative and qualitative methods inform understanding of physical health and mental wellbeing, social care and nursing, and patient and public involvement in research. WMS also houses the Warwick Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery which conducts research in low and middle-income countries in collaborationwith the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.