Research overview


Research is an important part of medicine. It underpins advances across the spectrum of healthcare, from clinical trials to assess how GPs prescribe medicines, through to molecular biology research identifying new drugs to fight major diseases.

Our research is organised into Centres which each conduct world-class research. Much of this is interdisciplinary, spanning traditional subject boundaries and reaching out into other departments within the Universities of Hull and York. For instance, anatomists work with medical engineers, immunologists with computer scientists and neuroscientists with chemists. This approach provides a vibrant atmosphere and great opportunities for innovative medical research.

  • Anatomical and human sciences

    Anatomical and human sciences

    Our research focuses on the ecological, evolutionary, functional and developmental bases of morphological variation in humans, primates, other mammals and reptiles.

  • Cardiovascular and metabolic health

    We bring together research expertise to tackle heart failure, diabetes and blood-related disorders, focusing on direct improvements to patient care.

  • Health and population sciences

    Health and population sciences

    We study large-scale patterns of risk for various diseases and health conditions, the effectiveness of medical interventions, and how best to put medical research into practice.

  • Immunology and infection

    Immunology and infection

    We specialise in infectious diseases, working to develop a greater understanding of the processes that underlie them and to develop new approaches to preventing and treating them.

  • Neuroscience


    York Neuroimaging Centre has become the hub of a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding structural, chemical, functional and theoretical aspects of neuronal mechanisms.

  • The Joint Centre for Cancer Studies

    Cancer cells 

    The Joint Centre for Cancer Studies develops and promotes lifesaving, multidisciplinary research into the treatment of cancer. Hull has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in Britain, and addressing this issue is one of our top research priorities.

    The centre is joint between HYMS and the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Hull.