The Wolfson Institute of Population Health delivers internationally renowned research from five academic centres. We have more than 250 interdisciplinary staff including clinicians; epidemiologists; health service researchers; qualitative researchers; psychologists; ethnographers; behavioural scientists; statisticians; health economists; policy researchers; and trial managers. We have a long track record of worldwide research impact: an example is the widely-used Tyrer-Cuzick calculator for breast cancer risk assessment.
Research is supported by charity, industrial and government funding, and includes centres of excellence such as the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis and the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. The Institute also plays a leading role in various national and international collaborations such as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Service Development and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.
The Institute has established cross-cutting themes to facilitate collaborative work in key areas:
- Digital and Health Data Science Theme (Lead, Carol Dezateux)
This theme delivers excellence in digital and health data science across WIPH by actively enabling colleagues to build on existing research and education strengths in this field for patient and population benefit. The health data science theme brings the expertise and interests of groups across WIPH into a common forum to catalyse new research and educational initiatives, support the careers of professional data science staff, and equip staff with the analytic skills and infrastructure needed to use health data effectively in their work.
- Complexity and Social Science Theme (Lead, Deborah Swinglehurst)
This theme develops the Institute’s commitment to grappling with some of the most pressing and challenging contemporary health issues with interdisciplinary research using a broader range of methodologies than have been traditional in biomedical sciences and population health.
- Public Advisory Panel Theme (Lead, Megan Clinch)
The Public Advisory Panel (PAP) theme supports high quality Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) across all WIPH research and education activity. The theme also supports and sustains substantial local impact via a panel of local residents and professionals who provide input to our education and research activity, and also shape it, based on local knowledge and needs.
We are working in partnership with the Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) and the QMUL Civic University Agreement. Recent research has generated substantial findings on the health and wellbeing of our local community, including the challenges they face and the kinds of solutions and actions they would like realised by work with QMUL.