Research areas

Southampton is changing people’s lives and healthcare through its research across health areas, with major strengths in nutrition, respiratory and cancer research.



Our nutrition research covers a person’s whole life, from improving nutrition during pregnancy to give children the best start, to investigating how changes in our diet can help us avoid disease and stay healthier for longer. Our nutrition research is led by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

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We are researching new treatments and technologies for better prevention and management of asthma, allergies and chronic lung conditions, as well as investigating new ways to improve care for those who are critically ill. Our respiratory research is led by the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

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Southampton is a leader in fighting cancer using the body’s own defences. We are developing better ways to diagnose, treat and manage blood cancers, skin cancer, lung cancer, and prostate, bladder and kidney cancers. Our cancer research is conducted in the NIHR CRUK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre. 

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Muscle, bone and joint

We are conducting research into new ways to prevent, treat and manage diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis that affect the muscles, bones and joints, as well as improve rehabilitation after injury. Our muscle, bone and joint research is mostly conducted in our Musculoskeletal Research Unit.

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