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Our interdisciplinary research programmes investigate many aspects of health including how conditions such as heart disease, Type II diabetes, gastroenteritis and cancers can be prevented by changes in lifestyle, food production and diet. Chronic diseases are a major and growing societal and financial concern. Moreover, an increasingly ageing population means that there is a greater prevalence of these diseases.

Our interdisciplinary research areas relating to Health include:

The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)

The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research brings together scientists from a wide range of research fields to work to understand the development of cardiovascular diseases, and the underlying obesity-related metabolic diseases from which they develop.

Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics provides both state-of-the-art imaging technology and a physical hub for neuroscience research on campus. It uses interdisciplinary research to investigate the psychological and physiological mechanisms that underpin our mental processes.

Hugh Sinclair Human Nutrition Group

The Hugh Sinclair Human Nutrition Group has an international reputation for its research into the relationship between diet and the risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Other areas of the University which are involved in research relating to Health include:

Biological Sciences

Food and Nutritional Sciences


Our research in the area of Health directly links with our research in the areas of EClimate and environmental sciences, and Food Security.

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