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Centre of Excellence for Public Health

The UKCRC* Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI is one of five Centres of Excellence established across the UK in 2008 as part of a £20 million investment across the UK to strengthen research into complex public health issues such as obesity and health inequalities. 
The Centres research scope embraces determinants of public health from molecules to populations, as well as public health interventions.  It was set up deliberately with an outward looking vision to connect academics to the practitioner and policy making communities. 
Researchers at the Centre have already made an impact by actively involving the policy makers, practitioners and the public in all stages of their research, in projects like the evaluation of the Connswater Community Greenway, in schools-based trials and in the way they disseminate their results in easily understood language.

In 2013, the Centre was awarded a further 5 years funding which will enable its team to advance their research on what shapes the health and wellbeing of adolescents in schools, on developing better interventions to improve public health and on the broader social and economic forces that help us all "age" well. Issues such as obesity and an increasingly ageing population are just some of the factors that are set to impact hugely on society in years to come. 

Its partners, represented in the Management Executive and Board, include the DHSSPSNI, the Public Health Agency, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, University of Ulster, W5 and the Community Development and Health Network.



* The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) was established in 2004 with the aim of re-engineering the clinical research environment in the UK, to benefit the public and patients by improving national health and increasing national wealth. The Partnership brings together the major stakeholders that influence clinical research in the UK. It includes the main UK research funding bodies; academia; the NHS; regulatory bodies; the bioscience, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries; and patients.

The UKCRC partnership of funders include:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Health and Social Care Research and Development Division, Northern Ireland
  • National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Welsh Assembly Government)
  • Wellcome Trust