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.

Research areas

The developing focus of research within CAA is related to anatomy and education.  We also undertake research in the following fields: 

Members of these research groups are actively involved in basic and applied research, and publish in the best journals in their specialised fields. 

Centre for Applied Anatomy also hosts four 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.  Professor Allen Goodship is the previous Head of Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy and his main interests include the influence of function on adaptation, repair and regeneration of skeletal tissues in the healthy, ageing, degenerate and diseased states and the clinical and commercial translation of this knowledge to the enhanced management of skeletal disorders. 

Staff in Centre for Applied Anatomy are committed to creating new and innovative teaching resources to supplement and enhance their teaching and to provide high quality online and accessible anatomical learning materials for the benefit of the wider community.  Some examples of these resources can be viewed on our Educational Resources page.

See our work

A full list of our published work is available at the Explore Bristol Research website.

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