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The Department's research is multidisciplinary with a key focus on development of methods and their application to identify and evaluate innovative ways of preventing disease and improving health and wellbeing. We aim to improve Public Health and well-being and the evidence-base for general practice, through our translational research activity that includes interventions in communities and populations, supported by innovative methodological platforms. Our research themes include:

We lead on, or are part of, these key research units and services:

  • NIHR Biomedical Research Centre
  • NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
  • Urban Public Health Collaborative
  • NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
  • NIHR Research Design Service

Implementation and impact in Urban Public Health

Through King's Health Partners and its Public Health Board, King's Improvement Science and enabling networks we have the potential to drill down to local communities to (a) identify problems (b) understand their determinants (c) develop and test interventions and (d) implement these, all in the context of a local community with very significant health disparities and needs. We will refine methods to really make the data collection and intervention fit for the community under study. In addition, we have expertise in the exploration of professional judgement and interventions to improve patient safety through decreased diagnostic error and reduction in diagnostic delay, including the application of stratified medicine in primary care. 

Within the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Population Sciences Cluster provides interdisciplinary skills in public health, primary care, epidemiology, statistics, health economics and social sciences for research and training. This complements theme expertise in environmental health, diabetes, cancer, transplantation, infection and stroke that will contribute to optimising the focus, effectiveness and impact of translational research in the BRC. The major questions are:

1. Promoting excellence and effectiveness in translational research: How can the BRC engage and access populations effectively? How can the translational research pipeline be made more effective and efficient to improve clinical and population outcomes?

2. How can a digital infrastructure support a learning healthcare system?

3. Does personalised medicine improve population health?

4. What is the effect of the environment on respiratory and cardiovascular health?

The Department receives funding from a wide range of sponsors, including NIHR, The Wellcome Trust, European Commission (EC FP7), The Stroke Association, MRC and CRUK

Please see full details of our research funding here.

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