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Centre for Health, Ageing and Understanding Disease (CHAUD)

Centre
  • Unit(s) of assessment: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Research theme: Health and Wellbeing
  • School: School of Science and Technology

Overview

This Centre encompasses research in Biomedical Sciences and Allied Health and aligns with the Health and Wellbeing strategic theme here at NTU. Our research is structured around aspects of health and disease taking into account development and ageing.

The research investigates disease processes with the aim of seeking prevention, incorporating lifestyle approaches and environmental impacts as well as therapies and utilising a wide range of methods across the span of scientific disciplines.

Research Disciplines

Cancer Biology, Immunology and Therapeutics conducts fundamental and translational research into a range of cancers, including breast, colorectal, pancreatic, liver, prostate, skin (malignant melanoma), brain (glioblastoma multiforme) and ovarian, as well as acute leukaemia and other haematological malignancies and on novel therapeutic options.

Antimicrobial Resistance, Omics & Microbiota focus on mechanisms of pathogenesis, evolution of virulence and approaches to anti-microbial therapy.

Diabetes, Chronic Diseases and Ageing encompasses chronic diseases with a focus on diabetes and associated pathologies as well as on ageing both as a risk factor for chronic disease and as a physiological process that can be exploited for health maintenance.

Neurobiology, Toxicology and Pharmacology is interested in memory formation; brain development and neural organisation; models of neurodegeneration, toxicity and neural implants, cell signalling in cardioprotection and control of asthma.

Health of the Environment is a newly developed group that considers a wide range of environmental aspects on health and wellbeing and how these can be preserved and nurtured to prevent ecological damage and consequent detriments to health.

Bioinformatics and Biomathematics is concerned with development of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches addressing some of the post genomic challenges. The group consists of experts from Biosciences, Chemistry and Forensics and Physics and Mathematics with skills and interests that underpin a number of other areas and work across groups and centres.

Therapeutic and Computational Chemistry, Analysis and Imaging uses state of the art analytical and synthetic techniques to develop methods and materials to investigate biological processes and structures; bio-inspired compounds for use as potential drugs.

External Funding

NIHR, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Wellcome Trust, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, The Headcase Cancer Trust, Incyte Corporation, Roger Counter Foundation, Qatar National Research Fund, NanoString Technologies, MacroGenics, ImmuneBio International Ltd. UCB, NERC, Microsoft, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Zeiss, Innovate UK-KTP, The Headcase Cancer Trust

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