Research Centres & Groups

As well as broad interdisciplinary research themes, the Health Research Institute also supports research centres and groups that have a specific focus. This enables us to nurture and develop collaborative academic clusters with contributions from external colleagues. The Institute supports growth through networking, links with other national and regional networks, tailored events, dissemination and a range of other support functions. Further information is below.

Promoting Population Musculoskeletal Health Group

Prof Paola Dey and Dr Nicola Relph lead the Promoting Population Musculoskeletal Health Group in collaboration with colleagues in Sports. This group brings together academic staff, within the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine and the Divisions of Sport and Psychology with clinical and research interests in musculoskeletal health. The group builds on ongoing collaborations across sports and public health within the faculties and aims to bring new insights from biomechanics and sports injury to major clinical and public health issues, particularly focusing on public health challenges, such as, promoting physical activity, maintaining mobility and independence in older people and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis. It also draws on members external collaborations within academia, clinical and public health practice and industry.

Research Centre for Arts & Wellbeing

The centre has developed over the last decade from an active research group that have engaged in interdisciplinary research activities in the form of research projects, publications, events and masterclasses.

Research methodologies celebrate creative and arts-based methods next to verbal accounts of lived experiences and standardised methods of measuring change, allowing for diverse types of evidence to emerge that speak about different aspects of the work to different audiences.

The centre draws expertise from across faculties, championing interdisciplinary research. It has three main strands: (i) research on performance, (ii) community/workplace projects and (iii) clinical research (iii) clinical research

To find out more please visit the Research Centre for Arts & Wellbeing webpages

Respiratory Research Centre

The mission of the Respiratory Research Centre (RRC) is to develop a centre of excellence for multi-professional respiratory research by drawing on clinical and academic expertise at Edge Hill University (EHU), local healthcare partners across the NW Coast, clinical and academic colleagues around the UK, and multidisciplinary professional and patient organisations and networks. We aim to harness these strengths through research projects with the potential for significant local, national and international impact. Our vision is to push forward the frontiers of health and social care improvement for people with respiratory conditions and support preventative interventions to improve population outcomes by supporting the innovation pipeline.

To achieve these aims we have adopted an inclusive and collaborative approach to the development and support of high quality respiratory research of importance to service users, providers, academics and other key stakeholders.

We welcome enquiries from academics, graduate research students, organisations and individuals interested in the work of the Centre.

To find out more please visit the Respiratory Research Centre webpages

Professor Sally Spencer (Co-Director, RRC) & Dr Carol Kelly (Co-Director, RRC)


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