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Global Health Community of Practice

Research themes

Our members are affiliated with the following areas:

Non-communicable disease – the NCD burden has and is surpassing the infectious disease burden in most countries. Researchers part of GHCoP tackle musculoskeletal health, hypertension, diabetes, cancers, mental health and cardiovascular disease. 

Ageing and lifelong Health – Adapting to the ageing of the global population is one of the key research challenges of the 21st century. Sub-Saharan Africa will see the greatest increase in the ageing population over coming decades and overall, it is the least financially wealthy populations that will share the greatest burden. The experience and meaning of old age is being transformed. Increasing numbers of older people will create pressures on traditional systems of support from families and public services, financial demands on public funds for pensions, and new requirements for healthcare and medical support. 

Infectious Disease – Infectious disease research at the University of Southampton which is particularly relevant to global health includes influenza, TB, HIV, meningitis, pneumonia, chlamydia HCV and diagnostics. 

Big data – Demography/Big Data - The University of Southampton is internationally known for work on spatial demography, population and disease movements in low income settings and spatial epidemiology, malaria and the role of global travel networks on the spread of vector-borne diseases. 

Lifecourse – Southampton is internationally known for pioneering work on the developmental origins of health and disease. Although research on the lifecourse takes place across the University the main hub includes the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRCLEU), alongside the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition) and the Institute of Developmental Sciences.

Prosthetics and Orthotics – Emerging from UoS, People Powered Prosthetics (P3) is a global group of researchers, clinicians, prosthetic wearers, academics and engineers who are committed to using research to improve the lives, limbs and rehabilitation of anyone effected by limb loss. 

Adolescent Health – About 85% of the world’s 1.3 billion adolescents live in the Global South. Despite being future leaders, parents and economic contributors, their health needs have been largely ignored. A theme in GHCoP research is to engage these young people in shaping the health and well-being of their communities and in decisions that affect them, with a view to improving their health and well-being and the health of their future families but also their economic futures.