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Impact and the Life Sciences

The following slides give examples of types of impact in the Life Sciences.

Impact in the Life Sciences

Impact case studies

Impact was assessed as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 through impact case studies. The following links give the Life Sciences Impact case studies submitted by the University of reading to the REF.

UoA 3: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

Development of anti-epileptic cannabinoids: from discovery to the clinic

Identifying strategies for reducing prescribing errors in general practice

Public and commercial engagement with brain-computer interfaces

UoA 4: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

A standardised test of young children's understanding and production of language

Improving access to evidence-based treatments for children with anxiety disorder

Improving road safety by developing a hazard perception test for drivers

Improving the diagnosis and management of common childhood binocular vision problems

Improving the early detection & treatment of postnatal depression & associated adverse child outcomes

UoA 5: Biological Sciences

Development of an ultra-sensitive immunoassay for Inhibin-A & its utility as a clinical screening marker for Down's syndrome

Identification & quantification of anticoagulant resistance in Norway rats and house mice: informing guidance an risk mitigation strategies

Parabens in personal care products: providing marketing tools for industry

UoA 6: Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science

Climate-resilient crops for global food security

Crops and climate change research informs international policy

Development & evaluation of novel spectral modification films for horticulture

Development of a new prebiotic product (Bimuno) from research to retail

Informing management options and enhancing biodiversity in English farmland

Mitigation of acrylamide formation in cooked cereal & potato products

Production of dairy products with reduced saturated fat content

Research informs development of flavanol containing products, which benefit the food industry and provide health benefits for consumers

All University of Reading Impact case studies can be found at the following link:

Impact case studies from competitor institutions can be found at the following link:

A searchable database of all REF case studies is at the following link: