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University of Southampton Global Health Research Institute

University of Southampton Global Health research adopts a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to address both current and emerging transnational issues in population health and wellbeing.

Ageing and Health

Draft zero of the World Health Organisation's Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health just released

Aims

The Global Health Research Institute (GHRI) aims to improve global health through high quality research and education. The Institute builds on the work of the University’s Strategic Research Groups by facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to address major challenges of population health globally.

Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

We already have a track record of international or globally relevant research, and we have aligned our strengths with a view to a global post-2015 research agenda which acknowledges the part the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will play in determining research priorities and therefore funding. We aim to be globally relevant, addressing research across both low and middle-income (LMICs,) and high-income countries (HICs). We invite colleagues across the University and our external partners to join us and help shape the future.

Health across the generations

Our Global Health Research Insitiute's overarching scientific platform includes the study of the impact of environmental (in the broad sense) challenges or exposure before conception, during fetal and early life on the development of the fetus and infant in terms of function, growth and development and link this, partly through modelling exercises, to health in young and older adulthood; it explores how early biomarkers can be used to assess responses to challenges at various points across the lifespan and to predict later risk; it studies the impact of exposure to environmental, socio-economic and other drivers on the life course pathway and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions on this pathway from young adulthood to ageing. Across the lifespan, research aims to identify challenges to Healthy living and ultimately link research results relating to specific ages into a longitudinal model of Health Aging across Generations.

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