Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Vision

Our vision, expertise and environment and ethos.

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The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics is a high-energy, interdisciplinary environment dedicated to improving the health of individuals and populations locally and globally through transformative research, education, knowledge exchange and innovation.

Collaborative

The Usher Institute is currently directed by Professor Aziz Sheikh, and sits within the Edinburgh Medical School in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Working with partners across the NHS, policymakers, industry partners and the public is central to the highly collaborative ethos of the Usher Institute. 

Interdisciplinary expertise

Three core research centres in  Global Health, Medical Informatics and Population Health Sciences are at the heart of the Usher Institute, ensuring it boasts a truly interdisciplinary environment. The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit sits with the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

Around 300 researchers and support staff with expertise in a varied range of methodologies and topics contribute to world-leading research in global health, population health sciences and medical informatics.

Our research expertise is at the heart of the excellent educational experience we offer in a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes, both online and on-campus, our programme of continuing professional development and in our contribution to the undergraduate medical degree.

Colleagues

The Usher Institiute also hosts the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) and the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.

The Usher Institute also includes affiliated colleagues from the NHS as well as Scottish Government, with staff based within the Farr InstituteADRC-Scotland, and Edinburgh Data Science.

Ethos

We maintain an open, engaging and dynamic environment and welcome collaborations from around the globe.

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