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Impact and translational research

Our research has a strong focus on translational research and in delivering significant impact in improving clinical practice for patients, society and the economy.

We have a research strategy which takes work from the initial idea and laboratory stages to implementation. In achieving this aim, much of our research is conducted in collaboration with research groups outside of Cardiff University including other UK, European and World-wide Academic institutions, Government and Non-Government organisations, the NHS and Industry.

Our research delivers societal change, diagnostics and novel therapies. These case studies highlight some areas which are delivering positive impact.

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Reducing violent crime

We are reducing violence through research, new use of data and original collaborations between medicine and criminal justice.

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Improving public services

How better evidence production, synthesis and use has led to greater effectiveness and efficiency in public services.

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Building a picture of population dental health

How quality assured surveillance of population dental health has improved national targeting of oral health promotion, planning of health services and monitoring their effectiveness.

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Using Australian tropical rainforests to help treat chronic wounds and scarring

How collaborative research with industry is identifying and evaluating new wound healing therapies from trees indigenous to the Queensland's tropical rainforests.

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Early warning of urinary catheter blockage

How the development of a sensor helped enabled prediction of urinary catheter blockages, bringing relief to thousands of patients.

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Diagnosis of gluten sensitivity-related neurological dysfunction

How the identification of a disease biomarker has led to the development of a new diagnostic procedure.

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Promoting prudent prescribing of antibiotics for dental problems in primary care

Reducing unnecessary prescribing to minimise the emergence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

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Addressing poor oral health in Wales

Developing initiatives aimed at improving oral health and delivering dental care.

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Improving treatment of cystic fibrosis with seaweed

Developing new therapies to tackle life-threatening, drug-resistant bacterial lung infections.