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The School of Life Sciences encompasses a broad range of research interests including but not limited to:

Effects of Reactive Oxygen Species in aging and disease. Drug discovery in relation to treatment of obstructive airway diseases. Development of novel antimicrobal compounds and antibiotics.
Clinical exercise programmes as interventions in patients with COPD, kidney and cardiovascular disease. Studies in physical activity and body fatness in children. Modelling and understanding drug induced cardiac injury.
Drug induced cardiotoxicity. Studying the function of mRNA stability in development and disease. Liver disease, cancer and the role of cellular regeneration.
Human physiology and environmental extremes. Clinical Microbiology, molecular biology and antimicrobial therapy. The influence of practice and competition on skilled performance.
Exercise as intervention and assistance in spinal cord injured athletes. Effects of caffeine on exercise and sport performance. Exercise and cognitive performance.

Impact within the School of Life Sciences is most apparent within the Schools commitment to research led teaching. Students are taught in lectures, workshop and laboratory environments, which give them the chance to undertake learning that is truly research based. Research active staff give students the opportunity to become involved in their research through final year honours projects, placements and internships. This is in addition to Add+vanatge module led work experience. The School of Life Sciences has an active and vibrant PhD student community.

We interact with the local community and the city of Coventry. Work from our Sports and Exercise programmes has seen researchers, including Professor Mike Duncan and Dr. Emma Eyre (Physical activity and exercise affect health in children), taking their work into local schools to collect data and express the importance of physical activity in the young.

Our researchers also work with adults and elite athletes which has seen their work circulate to professional sports groups and other social groups.

All our research aims to have a global impact and this can be measured in a number of ways. Our researchers publicise their work at National (BASES) and International (American Virology Society) conferences in poster and oral presentations. Our academic staff provide guest and keynote lectures around the UK and worldwide events. The publication of high-impact Q1 research is undertaken within our School with world leading publications produced in journals such as Nature Medicine and Nature Biotechnology.

We continue to produce high quality publications with a collaborative nature as we work with researchers across the UK and the World on important clinical and health-related issues. This openness and willingness to work and engage with the wider research community illustrates the impact that our School generates.

Research collaborations

At the School of Life Sciences we are proud of our growing relationships with fellow universities – both national and international – and in industry.

University of Porto, Portugal KU Leven, Belgium King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Qatar University, Qatar University of Vittoria, Brazil University of Groningen, Netherlands
University of Oxford University College London University of Birmingham
Newcastle University Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, Denmark Aston University
Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham  

Facilities and equipment

Human physiology and performance lab Environmental extremes laboratory Stem cell and primary cell culture facilities Confocal microscope
Calcium imaging Work loop model and physiological systems for study of cardiac injury/drug toxicity Real time qPCR and high throughput gene expression array Sports therapy
Flow cytometry Biomechanics Lab DNA sequencing Strength and conditioning lab
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