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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Our Research


The Wolfson Institute of Population Health delivers internationally renowned research from six academic centres. We have more than 400 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, the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Dementia and Neurodegeneration, 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 (Co-Leads, Rohini Mathur and Petra Proitsi

    View of London with a blue building in the foregroundThis 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.

  • Applied Social Science in Health Theme (Co-Leads, Deborah Swinglehurst and Georgia Black) 
    Abstract sculpture of two people sitting
    This theme advances the Institute’s focus on critical contemporary health challenges through interdisciplinary research. It expands the methodological spectrum beyond the conventional bounds of biomedical sciences and population health by integrating robust social science perspectives. This approach enhances our understanding of health issues by incorporating a diverse range of social determinants, behaviours, practices and policies, enriching the academic and practical landscape of healthcare improvement. 

  • Public Advisory Panel Theme (Co-Leads, Megan Clinch and Alison Thomson) 

    Two women and a man work together on a public advisory consultation, using sticky notes to make comments on a plan displayed on a wall.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.


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