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Research Themes

Research in the Health Faculties at King’s is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, spanning a continuum from bench to bedside to population studies.

To help us tailor the training that we offer and foster collaboration we have broadly divided this research into seven cross-faculty themes.



Molecular Basis of Disease

This theme concentrates on increasing our understanding of the basis of human disease, and brings together aspects of research into cell biology, genetics, and infection and immunity.

Health Across the Life Course and Evolutionary Time

Here we encapsulate research areas spanning developmental biology to age-related disorders; the theme focuses on how health changes with time, both across the human life span and with the progress of evolution.

Imaging, Computational and Technological Approaches to Health

Combining biomedical science research with the mathematical, computational and physical sciences, this theme explores research areas including clinical and molecular imaging, computational modelling, ‘big data’ research, and high throughput technologies.

Advanced Therapies and Translational Medicine

Focusing on moving fundamental science and experimental medicine to the bedside and population, this theme encompasses regenerative medicine and cell therapies, the drug discovery pipeline line, biomedical engineering, and research into medical device development.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The focus of this theme is improving the prevention and treatment of mental ill-health while increasing patient wellbeing, through better understandings of how the brain works, investigating the interaction of psychological, social, genetic and developmental factors, and linking population data to risk factors for adverse mental health.

Health Services, Patient Engagement and Clinical Care

This theme examines practical applications of health sciences research, including the care of and engagement with specific patient groups, and research focused around the professional development of health practitioners.

Health Research Application and Evaluation

The final theme explores the impact of health sciences research on patient health, including how research into public health, health economics, policy and global health research are implemented and assessed.

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