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A03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

The OU’s health research is informing clinical practice and improving outcomes for patients worldwide.

Research specialisms

  • Neural dysfunction, mental health and long-term conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease, vasculature and inflammation
  • Diagnostics and therapeutics

Headline results

  • 77% of OU research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*) for its overall quality
  • 100% of OU research was assessed as 4* or 3* for impact

Research highlights

Autism training material provided for thousands of rural health extension workers in Ethiopia is improving autism treatment and raising awareness of this condition in Ethiopia. Our research has also helped improve the Autism Spectrum Quotient, the tool most widely used to assess autistic traits.

The OU develops novel technologies to produce engineered neural tissues that model the central nervous system and to develop a brain endothelial cell line that models the human blood–brain barrier. These technologies are being used to test therapies for conditions such as Alzheimer’s to cancer.

Understanding the relationship between diabetes and mental health is improving diabetes care, resulting in a psychotherapy service for people with diabetes and psychological problems being established in Diabetes Centre, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, attended by more than 6,000 individuals.

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