Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

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Our vision is to enable people from all communities to thrive in every aspect of their lives and at all stages of their lives. We work closely with individuals, groups and communities based in the UK and overseas to understand the factors which affect their quality of life in terms of their physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. We develop and evaluate evidence-based solutions to these issues, leading to innovations in practice and policy, including the development of new treatments and  other interventions, which can have a transformational impact on people’s lives.

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Areas of Research Strength

APPLIED PUBLIC HEALTH

Applied Public Health

Research in applied public health at UCLan spans elements of health protection and health promotion, including nutritional science and food safety and healthy settings

To find out more please contact Professor Nicola LoweProfessor Carol Wallace or Professor Mark Dooris

Ethics and Justice

Ethics and Justice

Justice, equity and fairness are values that humans have aspired to throughout the ages and globally. Yet, how to make research itself and societies at large fairer and more ethical requires sophisticated interdisciplinary work and sustained, long-term engagement with research beneficiaries.  To find out more about our Centre for Professional Ethics please contact Professor Doris Schroeder

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Health Education Research

For the past two decades, there have been calls for health education to become more evidence-based. This has been interpreted by some as a lack of understanding of social science methodology and outcomes, but there is some truth to these concerns, with historically poor use of methodologies that cannot hope to answer the research questions set. We are well placed to deliver innovative and high quality works through research which is transdisciplinary and involves educational experts and social scientists.

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Health Services Research

Health services research is concerned with access to, effectiveness, quality, use, costs, and delivery of health care services.  It is multidisciplinary and aims to produce new knowledge about the contexts, processes and outcomes of health services, both for individuals and the wider population.  To find out more about our stroke research or cancer research please contact Dr Lois Thomas and Dr Liz Lightbody

Health Technology Assessment

Health Technology Assessment

Health Technology Assessment encompasses multi-disciplinary research groups with expertise in the methodology and conduct of evidence syntheses (including systematic reviews, economic evaluations and information science), clinical trials and health implementation science, supporting decision-making about the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and use of new and existing interventions in health and social care.  To find out more please contact Professor Andy Clegg

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Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health Research at UCLan encompasses multi-disciplinary research with specific expertise in Maternal and Child Nutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Breastfeeding, Perinatal Mental Health, Childbirth and Global Midwifery Practices.  To find out more please contact Professor Soo Downe or Professor Fiona Dykes

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Mental Health

Mental health research at UCLan is informed by trans-disciplinary perspectives aiming to pursue inquiry that informs progressive developments in practice and deepens critical thinking about the complexities of experiences of mental distress in its social context. To find out more please contact Professor Mick McKeown.

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Neuroscience

Neurosciences encompasses a broad range of research from the molecular (e.g. aptamer research) to clinical (e.g. research into concussion from sports). Our goal is to be internationally recognised in 3 areas (neuro-oncology, dementia and neurodegeneration and molecular psychiatry).

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Social Work and Social Policy

Our research in social work and social policy is innovative and interdisciplinary, with a strong commitment to reflecting the realities of people’s lives and providing a foundation for development of policy and practice.  We are also closely involved with the Criminal Justice Partnership and lead in the area of Youth Justice. To find out more please contact Professor Aidan Worsley

Sport, Exercise and rehabilitation

Sport, Exercise and rehabilitation

Our works spans from the molecular level to worldwide, lab based, and field based work with real world impact. Our multidisciplinary research teams are internationally renowned in the fields of health, rehabilitation, sports performance, sport and exercise, sports coaching, sport and humanities, physical education, and strength and conditioning.  To find out more please contact Dr Sarah Jane Hobbs and Professor Jim Richards

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Translational Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical sciences encompasses various disciplines including pathology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry and haematology & transfusion sciences. To address such disciplines different applied and translational sciences have emerged.

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Translational Clinical Sciences

Within the Translational Clinical Sciences theme we actively support collaborative research between university and health care organisations. Current Areas of internationally recognised expertise include Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine. Research topics include: concussion, cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, infectious diseases, genetics, gastroenterology, intellectual disability and education.

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In the News

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE ACADEMIC PRESENTED WITH FELLOWSHIP
Dr Hazel Roddam has received the award from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

EXPERTS ANNOUNCE PIONEERING GROUP TO TACKLE NORTH/SOUTH HEALTH INEQUALITIES
UCLan’s Professor Mark Dooris joins Northern Universities’ Public Health Alliance.

ACADEMICS RECOGNISED FOR OUTSTANDING IMPACT AS NATIONAL TEACHING FELLOWS
Dr Clive Palmer and Anna Coonan-Byrom have been selected as National Teaching Fellows.

UCLAN PROFESSOR CONDUCTS INDEPENDENT REVIEW FOR BRITISH PHARMACOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Professor John McLachlan selected to conduct national review.

UCLAN IS FIRST UNIVERSITY IN EUROPE TO COMMIT TO HIGHEST ETHICAL RESEARCH STANDARDS ABROAD
University signs up to Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings.

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UCLan Research Themes

UCLAN FACULTIES