Research within the Faculty
The Faculty's strategic aim is to produce excellent research that is both interdisciplinary and translational, having practical applications for human and societal benefit.
While preserving traditional disciplinary strengths we bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds. Modern approaches to health and medical research typically demand expertise from scientists with depth of knowledge in specific discipline. They also demand interaction with other specialties, which broadens the background understanding, ensures the work is well targeted and develops transferable teamwork skills.
Our work encompasses a range of activities, from asking fundamental questions about pathogen biology and non-communicable disease; through to developing practical interventions for the treatment of individuals and maintaining their well-being, to informing public health policy.
Research within the Faculty is organised around five main themes:
- Health information, computation and statistics
- Infectious Disease Transmission and Biology
- Mental Health
- Social and Economic Inequality in Health
The work within each of these themes
- addresses issues of national or international importance in health and biomedicine
- reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our research portfolio
- delivers research excellence
Translating our research into impact in the real world has always been a priority in the faculty. Our research has had important benefits to people in the wider community; regionally, nationally and internationally.
The Faculty has important partnerships with other parts of the University that carry out health-related research. We also enjoy close collaborations and strong links with NHS and social care partners, health-related industries and the voluntary sector.
Through the National Institute for Health Research, we offer a free Research Design Service for NHS staff in the North West region to develop the statistical content of research applications. We work closely with colleagues in the NHS and other health agencies locally, nationally and internationally. We encourage proposals for collaborative work and our Lancaster Health Hub works strategically to increase collaborative research and knowledge exchange between Lancaster University, Industry, NHS partners and Social Care across Lancashire and Cumbria.
The Faculty is host to the Centre for Ageing Research, one of the University's interdisciplinary research centres.