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University of Bath

University of Bath undertakes cutting edge, world-leading research to promote health and wellbeing, enhance functional performance and improve health services.

Centre for Healthcare and Improvement
A multi-disciplinary centre focused on solving the practical challenges of health and social care systems.

Milner Centre for Evolution
A cross-faculty research centre bridging biology, health and education.

Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change
Focuses on the study and application of motivation and aims to understand the determinants of wellness and health, and to guide behaviour-change intervention.

Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research & Applications
Accelerates the impact of fundamental research being undertaken at the University in the Departments of Health and Computer Science.

Centre of Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices
Brings together a critical mass of researchers from engineering, physical, life and social sciences.

Centre for Therapeutic Innovation
Translates discoveries into new ways of diagnosing and treating diseases.

Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Carries out multidisciplinary research at the interface between engineering and clinical orthopaedics.

Centre for Pain Research
Investigates the best ways of helping people learn how to live with incurable pain.

Cancer Research at Bath
Improves patient outcomes by fostering links between Bath’s scientists and clinicians.

Centre for Applied Autism Research
Researches the social-cognitive challenges faced by autistic people, to facilitate full and active involvement within society.

Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly
An internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre located in Bath, affiliated with the University.

GW4 Translational Biomedical Research Network
Brings together academics, the NHS and industry to expand biomedical community and collaborate on multidisciplinary research in the region

Centre for Research in Regenerative Medicine

Centre for Death and Society

University of Bristol

Bristol Medical School

Population Health Sciences

Research Methods

Laboratories and cohorts

Translational Health Sciences


Bristol Dental School

Bristol Veterinary School

Centre for Health Sciences Education

Cardiff University

Cardiff is committed to the pursuit of improved health through world-leading education, translational research and engagement. Our multi-disciplinary research, partnerships and modern facilities support the most challenging societal issues, from climate change to robotics, drug discovery to autonomous vehicles, helping people remain independent, active and socially connected for longer.

  • Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) – powerful neuroimaging devices and world-leading expertise in brain imaging, mapping and stimulation to understand the causes of neurological and psychiatric conditions.
  • Dementia Research Institute – one of six UK centres, building on research strengths in computational analytics, dementia genetics, immunology, cellular and whole system modelling and neuroimaging to identify disease mechanisms and therapies.
  • Clinical Innovation Cardiff – accelerates translation of clinical innovation into improvements in health and clinical services; tackling dementia, developing innovative products and services for better health outcomes, and improving diagnostics linked to precision medicine.
  • Accelerate – a collaboration between three Welsh universities and Life Science Hub Wales, translating innovative ideas into new technology, products, and services for health and care.
  • Biomedical Engineering Research Group – understanding how the body responds to trauma, implants and other medical technologies.
  • Biomechanics and Bioengineering Research Centre Versus Arthritis – investigates how everyday movements can influence the health of our joints and how this may contribute to disease onset.
  • Data Innovation Research Institute tackling challenges and issues around big data, including biological and life sciences.
  • WISERD – a national, collaborative, interdisciplinary, social science research institute influencing policy and practice across sectors.
  • Medicentre – a joint business incubator with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for biotech and medtech startups, based at the University Hospital of Wales.
  • Sustainable Places Research Institute – finding pragmatic, policy-led locally-based solutions for individual cities, regions and nations through six interlinked research programmes, including health, infrastructure and wellbeing.

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is undertaking world leading research and product development in a range of areas linked to health ageing.  Key areas of focus include:

  • Mental health and cognition
  • Early diagnosis and patient stratification
  • Active ageing
  • Nutrition and ageing

The southwest has the demographic profile, industrial experience and academic expertise to lead the way in the field of healthy ageing including:

  • Physical activity
  • Behaviour change
  • Falls prevention
  • Dementia
  • Depression and mental health
  • Self perception, identity and aspiration
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Bio technology and early diagnosis
  • Assistive technology
  • Sensory loss
  • Environment and human health
  • Digital healthcare and product innovation
  • Product testing and market acceptance

University of Southampton

Medicine has been associated with Southampton for over 40 years and the University has an enviable reputation for outstanding multidisciplinary research for better health across the life course:

  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease– how the environment during human development contributes to the risk of developing chronic disease later in life.
  • Cancer Sciences– diagnosis, improving treatment and generating potential vaccines; with world leading expertise in the UK’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology.
  • Nutrition– starting life well, staying healthy longer, and improving nutritional care.
  • Primary Care– community based research, preserving antibiotics, management of chronic conditions, self-management, and mental health.
  • Clinical Neuroscience– central nervous, auditory and visual systems including degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers.
  • Respiratory and Allergy– a centre of excellence, leading in asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Human development, stem cells and regeneration– covering stem cell transplantation for age-related macular atrophy, to harnessing skeletal stem cells with graft and smart materials for revision arthroplasty.
  • Population Health – internationally recognised research into chronic kidney and liver disease.

NHS partnerships enable delivery of translational research; and Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research, co-ordinating major research facilities and units, is central to the partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Health Sciences is shaping and advancing practice across:

  • Active living and rehabilitation– enhancing musculoskeletal and general health to enable lifelong active living, neuro-rehabilitation (functional mobility and falls prevention), and respiratory research.
  • Complex healthcare processes– improving quality of life and care for older people with complex conditions, including Dementia.
  • Fundamental care and safety– includes continence management, medicines optimisation and maintaining skin health.

The Institute for Life Sciences combines regenerative medicine, orthopaedics, prosthetics, and assistive technologies; and Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology has expertise in digital behaviour change interventions for promoting health and illness management.  The Centre for Research on Ageing assesses group’s experiences of ageing to improve older people’s quality of life; and LifeLab, a unique teaching laboratory, educates young people for lifelong health.

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey aims to improve human health through world-leading discovery, research and learning, with emphasis on the following themes:

  • Sustaining physical activity: The Surrey Human Performance Institute works on the frontier of developing clinical exercise physiology research outside of a hospital setting. Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for sport and exercise science with state-of-the-art facilities including a biomechanics/movement (gait) lab.
  • Maintaining health at work: Surrey’s research explores the efficacy of online mindfulness interventions for occupational health and wellbeing for people with chronic conditions, for example, multiple sclerosis, stroke and fibromyalgia
  • Designing for age-friendly homes: A suitable home is crucial for health and wellbeing as we grow older. Surrey’s GlobalHOM uses an automotive design engineered approach to solve the challenges faced by developers whilst placing the user at the centre. Surrey’s GlobalHOM initiative will see a prototype smart home built on campus which will serve as a research testbed.
  • Managing common complaints of ageing: The Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC) uses a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment to monitor, record and analyse sleep patterns and sleep disorders. Their research is focused on strategically targeted areas of sleep research relevant to understanding and improving autonomy, active ageing, and quality of later life. Good sleep in later life reduces risk of falls and depression, is essential for maintaining activity and performance levels, and reduces challenging behaviour encountered in dementia sufferers. In addition, the University of Surrey is developing pioneering ideas in nutrition for those aged over 50. This includes finding solutions for high cholesterol; developing nourishing allergen-free and plant based products. Chronobiology research at The University of Surrey has conducted the first ever analysis of circadian rhythms in human fat taken from people isolated from daily environmental changes. Researchers are also understanding endocrine regulation of the immune system and how the immune system changes with age as senescence of the immune system is believed to contribute to immune function decline with age, resulting in increased illness and infection in older individuals.
  • Living well with cognitive impairment: Researchers from the University of Surrey in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed state of the art AI technologies, powered by machine learning algorithms, to monitor the wellbeing of people with dementia. The study known as Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for dementia, uses the ‘Internet of Things,’ a network of internet enabled devices (sensors, monitors and trackers) installed in homes, which can detect an immediate crisis as well as changes in people’s health and daily routines. Telehealth, the use of technology in remote exchange of data and communication between patients and health care professionals (HCPs), is an important contributor to this evolving model of care.
  • Supporting social connections: Surrey’s Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) is an internationally-renowned research centre within the Department of Sociology. Their work with people aged 60 and over generated new data about the processes which contribute to social exclusion in later life, and evidence regarding the conditions of social exclusion.

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