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Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and well being within and between countries.

Population Health Sciences Research
Population Health Sciences Research

Research focus

Population Health constitutes one of the major global challenges. It includes improving health and ensuring a more equitable distribution of health and well being within and between countries. Particular challenges include how to deal with the widespread adoption of unhealthy ‘western' lifestyles, the consequences of demographic, epidemiologic, and nutrition transitions, and the impacts of climate change and political instability.

Progress in health has been deeply unequal - better health for some has been accompanied by worsening health for others and health problems are changing. Key drivers include ageing, urbanisation, changing environmental conditions and threats like poor diet, sedentary occupations, tobacco and alcohol abuse. We aim to have an impact on population health locally, regionally, nationally and globally by advancing understanding of factors determining population health and evaluating the effectiveness and equity of interventions through interdisciplinary research.

Key achievements

We are conducting a survey to assess alcohol consumption, knowledge of the effects of alcohol and strategies for managing diabetes among people aged 18-30 with Type 1 diabetes. This study will provide essential information on drinking patterns, diabetes management and knowledge accuracy among young adults with Type 1. It will form the basis of future research to explore understanding and experiences and will ultimately inform clinical guidelines to minimise the risks associated with alcohol use and promote better self-management of diabetes.

An ageing research programme focuses on lifecourse influences, mechanisms, clinical consequences and interventions for sarcopenia and frailty including cognitive decline to inform clinical practice and translate into the improved health of older people.

The aims of our Bone and Joint programme are firstly, to increase our understanding of the mechanisms which connect early development to later risk of osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal disorders, and secondly to develop intervention studies aimed at reducing the risk of these diseases of older age through interventions targeted at critical periods of development in early life.

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