Current Strengths

Several areas of research activity are pursued within the Faculty.

These map onto one or more of the divisions within FHM (Biomedical and Life Sciences, Health Research and Lancaster Medical School). As such the ambitions of individual divisions within the Faculty are one set of drivers for this research strategy, but noting that cross faculty (and cross university) groupings and priorities also exist, and reflecting the multidisciplinary and translational nature of much of the research performed in the Faculty and the University.

Current research themes of critical mass within FHM and their components are the following, ordered alphabetically by main heading without imply any ranking of importance. There is synergy between several of these, which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the FHM research portfolio

  • Ageing (including End of Life Care*, Neurodegeneration* and Cancer*):
    1. Mechanisms of normal ageing using Drosophila as a model system
    2. Age-related health problems, including neurodegenerative, musculoskeletal and eye conditions
    3. Palliative and end of life care across the lifespan
    4. Mental health and well-being of the ageing population
    5. Technology and healthy ageing
    6. DNA damage and repair mechanisms
    7. Signalling mechanisms in normal and cancerous tissue
    8. Palliative and end of life care for those with cancer
  • Health information, computation and statistics:
    1. Novel geostatistical modelling and analytical methods
    2. Epidemiology of infectious and non-communicable diseases
    3. Project design and statistical analysis
  • Infectious Disease Transmission and Biology:
    1. Parasitology and tropical infectious diseases
    2. Environmental microbiology
    3. Gastro-intestinal microbiology
  • Mental Health:
    1. Psychological treatments for bipolar disorder
    2. Health and clinical psychology
    3. Organisational health and well-being
  • Social and Economic Inequality in Public Health:
    1. Health equity and knowledge exchange
    2. Intellectual and physical disability
    3. Health economics

    *may develop into independent themes