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Launch of School for Public Health Research

19th April 2012

The new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research has launched with a budget of £20 million over five years.

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The Department of Health says the emphasis will be on what works practically and can be applied across the country to better meet the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public.

The school is a partnership between a number of leading academic centres in applied public health research in England including the University of Sheffield; University College London; Bristol University; Cambridge University; Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health: a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside universities; and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

It will help narrow the gap between the users and suppliers of research, increase the evidence base for effective public health practice and undertake applied translational research.

The lead for each of the teams will form the new School Executive and Professor Jon Nicholl, from the University of Sheffield, is the inaugural Director of the School.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: "We want to encourage public health researchers and practitioners to collaborate more effectively to address our national priorities.

"This flagship NIHR School for Public Health Research – a collaboration of the very best centres for applied public health research in England – will bring public health practice and academia together, ensuring research outputs that can be effectively translated into practice."

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said it was part of "an ambitious strategy for protecting and improving the nation’s health".

 

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