Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
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One of five Research Institutes in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Usher Institute is a high-energy, interdisciplinary environment dedicated to improving the health of individuals and populations locally and globally through research, innovation, knowledge exchange and education.

Our three core centres focus on Global Health Research, Medical Informatics and Population Health Sciences.

Old Medical School, Teviot Place and Nine Edinburgh BioQuarter

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Visit us at the Old Medical School in Teviot Place, or at the impressive Building Nine, Edinburgh BioQuarter .

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The Centre for Global Health Research takes a world-leading approach to measuring the global burden of disease, prioritising investments in global health, influencing governance structures and processes, and innovating for global health.

The Centre for Medical Informatics focuses on the interdisciplinary study of designing, developing and using information technology solutions in healthcare.

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine.

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Our research builds on the outstanding heritage of public health, general practice, epidemiology and statistical research at the University of Edinburgh.

We are forging new connections between social science, informatics and data science to advance understanding of disease and improve health and care for patients and populations.

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Our key strength is our people - bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge across multiple disciplines. Our director is Professor Andrew Morris, who is also Vice-Principal Data Science.

Working across our three core and three hosted Centres, many individuals contribute their expertise to multiple research areas and Centres.

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Find details of our postgraduate programmes.  We offer taught degrees both on-campus and online, and research degrees.

The Usher Institute is an excellent location for research training, with world-leading academics in a welcoming and supportive community.

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Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit sits within the Usher Institute.

The ECTU is an academic clinical trials unit supporting the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian.

Read more on the ECTU website.

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The Usher Institute includes staff based within the Administrative Data Research Centre - Scotland.

Read more on the ADRC-Scotland website.

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Farr Institute

The Usher Institute includes staff based within the Farr Institute.

Professor Andrew Morris is Chairman and Centre Director, Farr@Scotland.

Read more on the Farr Institute website.