Bristol is a research-led university in which research informs all of our teaching. This is especially important in the final year of our programmes, where seminars based on current research prepare students for the competitive working environment they will encounter on graduation, and for the many postgraduate study pathways they might choose to follow.
The Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy was created in 2010 from the existing Department of Anatomy. Most Anatomy academic staff were entered in the last (2008) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with many having their research judged 'world leading or internationally excellent'. Following reorganisation, research is focussed within two fields: Musculoskeletal Science and Neuroendocrinology. Both research groups are housed in modern well-equipped laboratories in the Southwell Street building, and at the University’s clinical veterinary site in Langford. Members are actively involved in basic and applied research, and publish in the best journals in their specialised fields. Both three-year and four-year PhD programmes are offered, as and when funding becomes available, and the research labs also host approximately 30 undergraduate research projects each year.
Please use the links below to find out more details of each research group. These descriptions contain further links to the research activities of individual members of staff.
In addition to these two research groups, CCCA hosts three senior academics with emeritus positions in the University. Professor Ian Silver works in the field of brain injury and neurochemistry with Professor Maria Erecinska, a visiting emeritus professor from the University of Pennsylvania, whose major interest is in brain metabolism. Dr Jonathan Musgrave is a Senior Research Fellow working on the analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites in Greece.