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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. At the last REF2021 the team achieved 70% of internationally excellent and world-leading publications.

Over the years, the team has grown thanks for funding 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.

The team is now focusing in deepening its collaborations with UHI academic partners and other research stakeholders to develop One Health.


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 improvements with global impact.

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

Our approach supports the creation of commercially-owned IP through collaboration, without the need for aggressive IP revenue arrangements.

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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.

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Research services and technologies

Research services and 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
  • Free radical and redox laboratory
  • Molecular biology and genetics laboratory
  • Mass spectrometry suite
  • Photonics laboratory 
  • Microscopy laboratory
  • Nanomaterials laboratory
  • Active health suite including a Nutrition laboratory