Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Population health

Under this research focus, we bring together our efforts and excellence in public health, preventive medicine, community mental health and primary care, allowing Barts and The London, QMUL to aspire towards a research strategy that goes from lab clinical care. Many activities within the Population Health portfolio dovetail with our research excellence in Global Health.

Primary Care and Public Health

Based in the heart of London's east end, characterised by a large and ethnically diverse population with complex health needs, our Centre for Primary Care and Public Health is uniquely placed to deliver world-leading research and education that informs and supports local, national and global primary care and public health.

The Centre has a UK-leading portfolio of research, including recent work to identify latent Tuberculosis and its management, medicines safety and optimisation and the prediction of adverse events such as asthma or hypoglycaemia.  

We also host a dedicated Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, which aims to find better treatments and make them available faster to improve the quality of life of people with asthma.

Health informatics - Linking data between GPs and hospitals

The Clinical Effectiveness Group leads research in the effective delivery of primary care from building sophisticated Health Informatics systems (Real Health, Discovery, SHARE) to link data across health care providers and enable better access for researchers; to the development of evidence based guidelines and care pathways. The Clinical Effectiveness Group based in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health also supports a ‘Learning Health System’, promoting quality improvement in direct clinical care in local hospitals and GP practices serving the east London population of 3 million. Local GPs rank 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 25% of the clinical indicators used in the national performance framework, overcoming substantial difficulties in care delivery by smarter working with digitally enhanced information systems.

These systems are key in supporting programmes such as East London Genes & Health by linking local authority data, National datasets and GP records to unveil associations with genome and phenome profiling, for example to provide unique information on obesity in ethnically diverse populations as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Our scientists have world-class expertise, an outstanding track record in using health data to derive new knowledge and to maximise translation of findings into benefits for patients and populations. The expertise was recently recognised, February 2018, as Queen Mary University of London became a foundation partner of the new national institute Health Data Research (HDR) UK, a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on our strengths at Queen Mary in e-health data research and human genomics, to transform the health of the population through data science.

Researchers involved in the programme are David van Heel, Carol Dezateux, Sandra Eldridge, John Robson, Mike Barnes, Steffen Petersen, Claude Chelala.

They will work together with other Universities, the NHS and industry partners to the highest ethical standards to unleash the potential for data and technologies to drive breakthroughs in medical research.

Population Genomics

East London Genes & Health (ELGH) is one of the world’s largest community-based genetics studies, aiming to improve health of the population, by combining genetic data with consenting volunteers’ life-long medical health records of 100,000 local people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage.

We also hosts the Centre for Population Genomic Medicine (add link a hub to deliver our outward-looking and embracing strategy of bringing together multiple partners, academic, commercial and clinical thus harnessing distinct often complementary expertise for innovative discovery, translational and clinical research in several biomedical domains.

Preventive Medicine

Our Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine conducts research and teaches in all areas of chronic disease epidemiology, medical screening and public health. The research is often linked to laboratory studies with a focus on elucidating the causes and prevention of disease. 

Women's Health

The Barts Research Centre for Women's Health aims to tackle problems that affect mothers and their unborn and newborn children. The Centre tackles key problems across conception, pregnancy, birth and post-birth, and carries out studies into new IVF treatments, diabetes in pregnancy, and excessive bleeding during childbirth.


Our Centre for Psychiatry focuses on psychological and social research which informs a better understanding of the aetiology, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

The Centre includes our Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry which is an official World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and other research themes include Liaison Psychiatry, Epidemiological and Cultural Psychiatry, and Violence Prevention.