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The university works with some of the world’s leading healthcare and medtech companies to develop new areas of research, technology and innovation with the potential to transform 21st century healthcare.

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The Institute of Health Research and Innovation at the University of the Highlands and Islands is a thriving and dynamic centre of excellence with a team of around 70 individuals including 25 academics, over 20 PhD students, 10 research staff and 5 technicians. At the last REF2014 the team achieved 17% of world-leading publications. 

Growth over the past year has been dramatic, with £17m in funding provided from several sources including UK Government, Scottish Funding Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Union.

Our mission is to deliver research with a material impact to both local and global healthcare outcomes, allowing us to grow a world-class life sciences sector within the Highlands and Islands. This depends on a well-connected healthcare ecosystem, and the university has therefore established a unique partnership between NHS Highland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to provide access to clinical samples and studies while supporting local industry and entrepreneurship.

Case studies

A novel natural antibody-based therapy for liver cancers

Validating decontamination systems to help reduce hospital-acquired infection

Establishing a canine cancer registry to improve disease prevention and care

User-led design of a digital health technology for improving dementia care

Evaluation of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease self-management tool

Post-stroke atrial fibrilation monitoring to support anticoagulant therapy

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Open innovation

Open innovation

Our open innovation approach aims to encourage partnerships that deliver healthcare improvements with global impact.

We intend to eliminate as many barriers to innovation as possible, providing businesses with access to relevant University expertise, capital facilities, and infrastructure while ensuring that our staff and students share in any success.

Our approach has received support from local and central government. This has allowed us to support creation of commercially owned IP through collaboration, without the need for aggressive IP revenue arrangements.

Contact innovation@uhi.ac.uk for more information.

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Academic consulting

Academic consulting

We can help provide access to specialist knowledge drawn from academic and research staff at the University of the Highlands and Islands.  We work with businesses, government and non-commercial organisations to tackle a wide range of projects. These can range from individuals providing expert advice for a few hours, to multi-disciplinary teams on multi-year partnerships.

Contact innovation@uhi.ac.uk for more information.

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Research services & technologies

Research services & technologies

Many organisations need access to specialist equipment, facilities, and technologies that are based within the university. We can help negotiate access to these state-of-the-art facilities to enable a range of investigations from in vitro studies to ex vivo assays and clinical studies in healthy patients and volunteers.

Facilities include :

  • Cell culture laboratory
  • Biochemistry and functional assay laboratory
  • Molecular biology and genetics laboratory
  • Mass spectrometry suite
  • Bioinformatics and data mining tools
  • Clinical research facility with dedicated consulting rooms
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Highland Clinical Research Facility

Highland Clinical Research Facility

The Highland Clinical Research Facility supports clinical research in the Highlands of Scotland. The facility is one of only five such facilities in Scotland and is operated by the University of the Highlands and Islands in partnership with NHS Highland. It is a purpose built unit and provides a wide range of clinical research and health related services to support academic and commercial studies, including multi-centre and single site clinical trials. It also has an on-site pharmacy and facilities for overnight studies.

Services include :

  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Investigative procedures
  • Specialist consultancy

The facility is supported by a specialist and highly experienced multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, nurses, pharmacy and data management staff.

As well as delivering and conducting trials, they can offer advice on trial design, developing study feasibilities, pharmacy services, ethics approvals, writing protocols and patient recruitment strategies. Novel approaches support engagement with the target population, this includes a hub-and-spoke model to link with Primary Care partners and a mobile clinical research facility to capture remote and rural areas. The facility also provides a test bed for innovative technology, including virtual clinics, remote monitoring and health informatics.