Contract research

We have an expanding portfolio of techniques and specific assays that we offer to commercial entities to support their research programmes. All staff in our department are trained in matters relating to confidentiality, intellectual property and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP): contract research is conducted in the spirit of GLP. We have experience of working with both SMEs and large multi-national companies.

The following tabs show examples of areas of particular research strength – the case studies sheets available for download below detail some previous collaborations. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

Available to download: Suite of 14 Health Research case studies (0.9MB pdf)


Free radicals

In the laboratory

  • Measurement of oxidative stress in cell culture and isolated tissue
  • Assessment of antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress markers in blood plasma
  • Thiol measurement in plasma and cell extracts
  • Antioxidant activity of phytochemicals, extracts and isolated compounds
  • Measurement of nitric oxide and related markers
  • Cytotoxicity assays
  • Measurement of inflammatory markers
  • Flow cytometry for inflammatory cell activity
  • PCR arrays for oxidative stress and inflammation-related gene transcription
  • NF-kB assays

Diabetes &
cardiovascular disease

  • Insulin and pro-insulin assays
  • HbA1c measurement
  • Blood glucose
  • LDL/HDL and triglyceride measurement
  • Clinical studies (insulin clamps, constant glucose monitoring)
  • β-islet cell function in vitro
  • Endothelial cell function in vitro

Genetics and immunology

In the laboratory

  • Genotyping of HLA alleles or haplotypes
  • TaqMan genotyping assays
  • Quantitative real-time PCR analysis
  • Prediction of peptide-based epitopes