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Research Investigations / Clinical Trials (Biochemistry)

Before undertaking any biochemical investigations which are to be conducted as part of a research project or clinical trial, the protocol and workload entailed must be discussed with the Department. Failure to do so may jeopardise the project at a later stage with unfortunate consequences.

Current Projects

ITU and Statins

Prof Fang Gow, Alan Jones

Oxidative Stress and the Development of Asthma

C Webster
Includes Isoprostene Assay Development, C Webster in conjunction with Respiratory Medicine and Immunology.
The department has developed an assay for 8-Isoprostane measured by tandem mass spectroscopy

Platelet Activating Factor assays and Anaphylaxis

This project won the Gaddie Poster Prize. We have developed assays for PAF and PAF activity.

Vitamin D in Diabetes

The department has a number of extensive research projects in Vitamin D. We have developed and have been running highly specific tandem mass spectroscopy for vitamin D and some of the metabolites of vitamin D for over 3 years. We have had a number of posters and publications in this area.

Vitamin D Assay Standardisation

Collaborative Project amongst MSMS Users Nationally, J Heynes

Diabetes in Community Audits

Generate database of hospital GTT tests and compare with community database Telepath trawl and merge with HISS data 

Dr Mailk, J Heynes, K Gordon, C Webster, Alan Jones

UV and MS

Sud Rammachandran

Case Reports

Sud Rammachandran and Various

BNP Analysis

Sud Ramachandran, T Pryor

Future Projects

Vitamin D Research Program

Comprehensive and expandable program of research into vitamin D metabolism and effect.

C Webster

We have also supervised a large number or MSc projects (Birmingham Univeristy, Wolverhampton University) and have been highly successful in gaining passes and credits. Projects in the pas have included:

  • Mevolnate Analysis
  • Vitamins A and E by Tandem Mass Spectroscopy

Please visit the directorates R&D section for more information on the services and support we can offer for research projects and clinical trails


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