UCL joins NIHR School for Public Health Research
18 April 2012
UCL is one of eight leading academic partners to form the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SfPHR) in England.
The School aims to increase the evidence base for effective public health practice by increasing the amount and quality of applied public health research, and creating an environment where first class research, focused on the needs of the public, can thrive.
The other members chosen by the NIHR are Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool and Lancaster, and Sheffield Universities, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and Fuse (a collaborative Centre bringing together Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities).
team is led by Professor Anne Johnson, Dr Andrew Hayward, Professor Michael King, Professor Susan Michie and Professor
Rosalind Raine. The team is committed to developing a collaborative working
relationship, sharing expertise and increasing the size and scope of
evaluations, so that the School is greater than the sum of its parts.
They will co-ordinate UCL’s expertise in a wide range of areas, leading to joint research with School members and beyond.
An initial project, Active Buildings,
led by Professor Jane Wardle and Professor Alexi Marmot will model the relationship between
workplace layout and physical activity, which will act as a tool to test office
building layouts at design stage in relation to their potential for activity
This is an excellent opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research to tackle the big issues in public health with other leading academic centres
Professor Anne Johnson
This will provide practical guidance for designers and organisations about the features that assist in creating work environments that encourage physical activity.
Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
at UCL, said: "We are
absolutely delighted to become a member of the School. This is an excellent
opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research to tackle the big issues in
public health with other leading academic centres.
"Significant changes in how public health is being managed in England are currently underway, so there could not be a more important time for a strategic and long-term programme of work that tackles applied research. We look forward to working closely with the other members and practitioners in Local Authorities and across public health."
The National Institute for Health Research provides the
framework through which the research staff and research infrastructure of the
NHS in England
is positioned, maintained and managed as a national research facility.
The NIHR provides the NHS with the support
and infrastructure it needs to conduct first-class research funded by the
Government and its partners alongside high-quality patient care, education and
training. Its aim is to support
outstanding individuals (both leaders and collaborators), working in world
class facilities (both NHS and university), conducting leading edge research
focused on the needs of patients.