School for Public Health Research

Principal Investigator
Professor Susan Michie, UCL
Professor Rosalind Raine, Professor Russell Viner, Professor David Osborn, Professor Kate Walters
Other UCL team members
Dr Emma Beard, Dr Milena Falcaro, Dr Charlotte Woodhead, Dr Claire Garnet, Dr Jamie Brown, Dr Oliver Mason, Holly Elphinstone (NIHR SPHR Research Manager), covering for Dr Karen Groot (NIHR SPHR Manager) while on secondment, Clement Veall (NIHR SPHR Research Administrator)
Key dates SPHR-2
April 2017 - March 2022
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Project websites
NIHR SPHR website
NIHR SPHR - School wide programme - Alcohol
NIHR SPHR School wide programme - Ageing
NIHR SPHR - Initial project - Active Buildings
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Project details

UCL and 7 other leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England comprise the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR). The School aims to build the evidence base for effective public health practice. Our research looks at what works practically to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, can be applied across the country and better meets the needs of policymakers, practitioners and the public.

Several UCL-led projects are being funded through this programme including SMI-smoking which aims to address inequalities in access to smoking cessation support for people with mental health problems, an extension of the ATS (Alcohol Toolkit Study) project, and a project aiming to optimising the alcohol reduction app Drink Less.

The current SPHR grant follows on from the previous grant which ran April 2012 - March 2017. Within the previous round, UCL was involved in the School-wide Programmes on Alcohol and Ageing. Other projects funded through the first phase of SPHR included the Active Buildings project (Professor Alexi Marmot) and an evaluation of the Coping Through Football initiative (Dr Oliver Mason).