The Medical Fund

The Medical Fund

Photo of Medical School WindowsThe difference your gift will make

 The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow has an outstanding reputation for the quality of education it provides through the Medical School, and as a major centre for world class research into the diseases and conditions that affect many of us and our loved ones.  Help us to continue this tradition!

‎Through the Medical Fund, you can:

Make a Donation

  • Support research into an area of illness that interests you
  • Help to attract the brightest students and the best staff to Glasgow
  • Invest in the University's contribution to medical breakthroughs

All donations go towards furthering our understanding of disease, helping to improve diagnosis, produce more effective treatments, and support disease prevention.

For further information on the 13 Medical Fund themes, please click on each of the themes listed below.


There has been a Dental School & Hospital in Glasgow since 1879. Today, the School has an annual intake of approximately 90 undergraduate students and offers a taught postgraduate programme, the MSc (Dent Sci) in Primary Dental Care as well as MPhil programmes in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Restorative Dentistry.Make a Donation

 In a recent Times Online Good University Guide, Glasgow was ranked second in the UK Dental School League Table.

 The School pursues a research agenda which is focused on three areas, Biotechnology & Craniofacial Sciences, Community Oral Health and Infection & Immunity, all of which have significant public health relevance and map onto priorities for the Scottish Government and the Scottish public. Major national policies linked to issues such as prevention of oral disease in childhood and infection control measures in dentistry have been heavily influenced by recent research in Glasgow.

Click here to find out more about the Dentistry at the University of Glasgow


Help us to understand how the disease works, how it can be avoided, and what better treatment options are possible.Make a Donation

 Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, kidney failure and blindness in the UK. 

Rising obesity levels – the major health issue of our time - are fuelling rising diabetes levels everywhere, including more cases in children and adolescence. Three million people in the UK live with diabetes.

Your support will help our researchers carry out important research and potentially find a cure. A gift to the Medical Fund to further research into diabetes will help us to understand how the disease works, how it can be avoided, and what better treatment options are possible.

Find out more about our Diabetes research.

Diseases of the nervous system

Neurological disorders affect many millions of people of all ages, in all nations, in all walks of life.Make a Donation

 In the young, a wide range of illnesses including genetic disorders, brain tumours, meningitis, epilepsies, cerebral palsies and autism take their toll, often leaving lifelong disability. Middle age sees the peak occurrence of devastating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, head injuries, motor neurone disease and stroke. Advancing years see the destructive effects of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

As the population expands and ages through improvement in health care, the pressure mounts further to understand these disorders. The vast complexity of the brain makes this a difficult but exciting area for research. The University of Glasgow has therefore amassed a large and dynamic group of researchers to take on the challenge of these disorders, in causation, diagnostics and new therapies, with a wide range of research activities from fundamental genetic studies to brain imaging and clinical trials. Support of the Medical Fund will contribute to this effort, and help to alleviate the burden of diseases of the nervous system.

Find out more about our research into diseases of the nervous system 

General Medical Fund

Close up of inscription on old Anderson Medical College BuildingThe General Medical Fund supports research and education within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences by providing funding for Fellowships, equipment, and helping to raise much-needed funds to support the current capital projects.

Find out more about the General Medical Fund


Heart Disease

Heart disease and strokes are the biggest killers in the UK and an estimated total of 2.6 million live with the ravaging effects of heart and circulatory disease.Make a Donation

 Glasgow is a strategically important centre for research into heart disease and stroke. The University's research programme is based at the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.

Glasgow's College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences has an excellent reputation in cardiovascular medicine, with strengths in:

  • understanding the mechanisms responsible for chronic heart failure including heart muscle damage and heart rhythm disorders
  • the role of oxidant stress with regard to arterial disease
  • unravelling the processes responsible for high blood pressure and its relationship with obesity and Type II diabetes
  • understanding the relationships between genetics and high blood pressure and arterial disease
  • internationally renowned clinical trials which have contributed to significant advances in the control of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol
  • production of treatments to improve the outcome of patients with heart failure

Find out more about the Cardiovascular Research at Glasgow

Immune and Inflammatory Disease

Problems with immune and inflammatory cells are at the heart of many common diseases including cancer. The University is world renowned for its pioneering research into asthma and arthritis, and has an extensive portfolio that covers many other immune and inflammatory diseases from multiple sclerosis to diabetes, psoriasis to AIDS.Make a Donation

Understanding the basic mechanism of these diseases is crucial in order to produce effective treatments and develop potential cures.

  • Over eight million people in theUKhave long-term health problems due to arthritis or a related condition
  • Over 200 types of the arthritis exist, affecting many parts of the body
  • One child in every thousand has arthritis, it affects old and young alike

30% of the population will develop asthma and this disease which is increasing rapidly can affect anyone, at any age.

Medical Education

Support for Medical Education will go towards providing the best equipment for the Wolfson Medical School Building and helping medical students reach their full potential.Make a Donation

 There has been a great deal of support for medical education, especially by our medical alumni.  The Medical Fund has been able to send fourth year students to the Scottish Simulation Centre, provide equipment for the Clinical Skills Suite, buy prosthetics for students’ self study and help students attend conferences to present their posters.

Find out more and support our work with a gift to the Medical Fund

Mental Health

At the University of Glasgow we aim to improve treatment and support for people with mental health needs or learning disabilities, and their families.Make a Donation

 To achieve this goal we undertake research, from the molecular level to human behaviour, which is of international quality and a high ethical standard. We work in partnership with people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, the NHS, support providers, charities, and other Universities. 

Donations for this Fund have been used to support a number of researchers. Projects they have been working on include exploring the psychological and neurocognitive characteristics of depression in patients who also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis and genetics of major psychiatric disorders.

Click here to find out more about our research into Mental Health


Nursing and Health Care prepares the nurses of the future, not only to provide high quality care but to play a key role with other disciplines in ensuring health care continues to develop to meet the changing needs of society.Make a donation

The University’s graduates are highly valued locally and nationally, partly because the degree offers a sound science base, integrated closely with essential caring skills and nursing theory, which produces confident and competent registered nurses.

Find out more about Nursing at the University of Glasgow

Critical Care

The Critical Care Fund will help support research into Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain.

Make a DonationAnaesthesia is now one of the safest medical interventions with a low rate of serious complications. This is in contrast with the early development of the specialty when anaesthesia was extremely hazardous.

The team’s research had led to new ways of delivering anaesthesia using computer controlled intravenous infusions rather than traditional inhaled gases or single boluses of drugs. This leads to fewer side effects and quicker recovery.

Anaesthetists are leading the development and delivery of Critical Care and Pain Services. In all these areas there is a focus on improving safety and quality for the benefit of patients. As a result the team has a wide range of research addressing the major issues in these areas.

Find out more about Critical Care.

Brain Tumour Research

The Brain Tumour Research Fund supports research in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

Make a Donation‌The Fund provides vital funding to smaller brain tumour research projects which often produce very valuable findings and allows our researchers to put up a stronger case for larger scale funding.

On-going and proposed projects include research investigating whether new drugs can be combined with radiotherapy to improve brain tumour cure rates and clinical research using MRI scanning to predict where brain tumours are most likely to recur after radiotherapy.  The fund also helps support psychological studies investigating how best to support patients and their families before, during and after treatment.

Find out more about Brain Tumour research at the University.

Paediatrics & Maternal & Women's Health

Help us develop research into the health problems that affect women and children world-wide. Child health is the foundation of adult health. The origins of many chronic diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer) lie in early life.Make a Donation

  Over half of all women in the UK will experience a reproductive health problem in their lifetime.

The University of Glasgow is committed to transforming these women’s lives by supporting and developing research into the health problems that affect women. Their work encompasses the whole spectrum of disease that women may encounter across their lifespan, from difficulties conceiving, pregnancy complications, and menstrual problems and in later life menopausal symptoms, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Previous support:
The Paediatrics and Maternal Health Fund has been accumulating in order to provide support for the new paediatrics Professor and will support research projects and equipment within this field.

Support for the Medical Fund will help researchers to continue their vital work into the diseases and illnesses affecting mothers and their children.

The David Livingstone Fund in Global Health and Biodiversity

Global increases in the prevalence and spread of infectious disease have demonstrated the role of the environment in driving epidemics in human and animal populations.

In the developing world infectious diseases are still the leading cause of mortality, affecting the most impoverished and neglected communities where the burden of infectious diseases is often severely underestimated.

Impoverished tropical areas, in particular, continue to suffer substantial human and animal losses from infectious diseases such as malaria, rabies, sleeping sickness and other parasitic and viral infections, including many that have long been eradicated from developed countries.

Further to this, the emergence of new diseases and an increasing incidence of drug resistance in pathogens and vectors mean that tackling the symptoms of infectious diseases can be hampered.


Public Health & Wellbeing

Health care in the west of Scotland is dominated by the high occurrence of deprivation and disease.  Through our research, education and information we are addressing inequalities in health, helping to prevent diseases and their complications and improve the health of Scotland’s population.Make a Donation

By bringing together staff from a range of disciplines across the University and through research trends in health and wellbeing we aim to improve these factors by implementing new health and social practices.  We also evaluate the effectiveness of the current policies put in place to support the population.  The effectiveness of our research is being assessed and we encourage knowledge gained to be transferred throughout Scotland and beyond.

Find out more about recent work in Public Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow