Division of Biomedical Sciences


Student in laboratory

Part of the Institute of Health Research and Innovation, the Division is based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness. We conduct extensive research, primarily into the causes and consequences of diabetes, but also into a wide range of clinical conditions; most notably cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. Led by Professor Ian Megson, the mission of the division is to undertake world class research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and the cardiovascular diseases that the condition precipitates.

The division also undertakes a range of contract research to support commercial entities of any size.

The division is home to the Free Radical Research Facility, and has research expertise in genetics and immunology, lipidomics and hosts the Active Health Exercise Lab. Explore these research areas in more detail by clicking on the below theme boxes:

Biomedical staff/students in the laboratory

Free radical research facility

Free radicals play crucial roles in human physiology and disease progression.  Our focus is on measurement of a wide range of metabolites and markers in biological samples associated with oxidative stress and inflammation.

Digital fitness tracker

Active Health Exercise Lab

Combining expertise within the areas of physical activity, nutrition and biochemistry to help prevent and manage disease. Volunteer studies contribute directly to research-led developments in healthcare improvement.

Scientist in laboratory, testing samples

Genetics and immunology

Groups in this department investigate the molecular and cellular basis of disease, including genetic, epigenetic, proteomic and immunological factors. This includes the study of schizophrenia, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (specifically, melanoma).

Medical research equipment

Lipidomics and Proteomics

Identifying the role of lipid-based biomarkers in disease progression and characterising new biomarkers that might help to identify at-risk individuals before they develop diseases.