Leading the way in research excellence

Recognised as centres of research excellence by the Trust and the University of Sheffield, our academic directorates are at the forefront of developing new treatments and studies that could transform patients' lives.

They also take part in a number of leading national and international studies in their field.

Our academic directorates:

  1. Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
  2. Communicable Diseases
  3. Diabetes and Endocrinology
  4. Neurosciences
  5. Oral and Dental Services
  6. Respiratory Medicine
  7. Specialised Cancer
  8. Specialised Medicine

Following a meeting on 27 April 2015, five new directorates have been awarded Academic Directorate status:

  • Accident and Emergency
  • Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology
  • Professional Services
  • Renal Services
  • Urology

Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Led by cardiologists, cardiothoracic and thoracic surgeons, the directorate is developng a new 3D heart computer modelling system which could help detetect heart disease more simply and more reliably than an angiogram, which uses x-rays imaging to see inside the heart's blood vessels.

Communicable Diseases

Specialising in research in a number of key areas, including hepatitis, meningitis and HIV. The directorate works closely with the South Yorkshiree HIV Network, the Sheffield Community and Sexual Health Serivce and the Centre for HIV and is recognised nationally for helping to set up national guidelines for the treatment of infectious diseases.

Diabetes and Endocrinology

Led by Professor Simon Heller, one of only a handful of researchers awarded senior investigator status by the National Institute for Health Research, the department has secured a number of multi-million pound grants which will help further medical understanding of diabetes and its impact on people's lives.


Boasting a national and international reputation for providing specialist services for patinets with multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, epliepsy and other disorders of the brain, spinal cord and nerves, the department is developing a number of therapies which are set to be tested on humans for the first time soon.

Oral and Dental Services

The Charles Clifford Dental School is internationally renowned for its mouth and dental studies, and has successful collaborations with leading groups of scientists worldwide. Cutting-edge studies include: trialling a new device to detect if a patient has mouth cancer; developing indiviudally tailored dental and facial parts for treating injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

Specialised Cancer

Groundbreaking studies include: treatments for mesothelioma, an incurable babestos-related cancer which claims the lives of thousands every year in the UK and links to bowel cancer tumours and genetic abnormalities.

Specialised Medicine

This directorate investigates a wide range of illnesses including bone disease, arthritis and skin diseases.











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