Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics


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.


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  Biomedicine, Self and Society, 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.


The Usher Institiute also hosts the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE), the NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) 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.


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

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