Story Published: January 2013
The Faculty of Health and Medicine is pleased to announce the publication of its Annual Report for 2011/12, the fourth to be issued since the faculty was launched in 2008.
This year's report demonstrates the tangible and positive impact of the commitment of colleagues in the faculty together with four years of strategic investment in Health and Medicine at Lancaster University since 2008.
The numbers of academic staff in the faculty continues to grow with a further nine new staff in 2011/12, including Professor Bruce Hollingsworth who is taking forward plans for Health Economics research. During 2011/12 work to refurbish the Furness Building was undertaken to enable to the co-location of the entire faculty; relocation to Furness took place in October 2012. Extensive refurbishment of the nearby biomedical research laboratories was also carried out.
The report highlights the broad range of research undertaken in the faculty and continued successes in research grant capture from a wide variety of funding bodies including the Medical Research Council to develop web-based positive parenting interventions for bipolar parents of young children, and to establish a Manchester Health eResearch Centre, the Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust to investigate the transmission biology of Leishmaniasis in Ghana, and from the European Union for patient-centred integrated palliative care in advanced cancer and chronic disease.
The faculty continued to recruit high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate students to its degree programmes despite the challenging economic environment and successfully launched a new distance-learning PhD programme in Mental Health in June 2011.
The work of the faculty's Clinical Research Hub also continues to develop with successes in collaborative research grant awards with Hub NHS partner organisations in the North West. Professor Tony Gatrell, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine commented "The report illustrates some of the achievements of individual staff and students – for example, success on degree programmes, recognition of staff for distinguished contributions, and awards bestowed on those associated with the faculty. I congratulate all those who are featured in this report, and thank them for the distinction they have brought, and continue to bring, to Lancaster University."
Edited by: N.Thomason