Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics


Overview of core research areas within the Usher Institute.

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.

The Usher Institute has an ethos of collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Many individuals contribute to multiple areas of research, and indeed individual projects and programmes of work often contribute to the knowledge base in multiple research areas and Centres. The below table gives an indication of the core research areas and leading professors in each area or group, from across all Centres within the Institute.

You can find out more about any researchers within the Usher Institute on Edinburgh Research Explorer.


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Addiction medicine Professor Roy Robertson
Allergy and respiratory Professor Aziz Sheikh / Professor Hilary Pinnock /


www: Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

Cancer Professor David Weller
Chronic disease epidemiology Professor Sarah Wild

www: Diabetes Risk Calculator website

Clinical trials and statistical methodology Professor John Norrie / Professor Steff Lewis / Professor Chris Weir / Professor Paul McKeigue / / /
eHealth Professor Brian McKinstry / Professor Aziz Sheikh /


www: Telescot Research Programme website

www: ePrescribing Research Programme website

Ethnicity and health Professor Raj Bhopal / Professor Aziz Sheikh /


www: Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study website

Molecular epidemiology

Professor Jackie Price / Professor Paul McKeigue / Professor Harry Campbell / Professor Igor Rudan / Professor Sarah Wild / Professor Jim Wilson / / / / /

www: Molecular Epidemiology Research Group website

www: The Lothian Bowel Symptoms Study (LABSS)

Palliative care Professor Scott Murray


www: Primary Palliative Care Research Group website

Social studies of health and medicine Professor Amanda Amos / Professor Julia Lawton / Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley /  /

www: Group for Research on Inequalitites and Tobacco website

www: Cancer and Society in the 21st Century website

Public health research and policy Professor John Frank


www: Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy website

Families and relationships Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley


www: Centre for Research on Families and Relationships website

Global health Professor Igor Rudan / Professor Harry Campbell / Professor Devi Sridhar / Professor Mark Woolhouse / Professor Harish Nair / / / /


www: NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE)


www: NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections To Benefit Africa (TIBA)




www: Global Health Governance Programme website

Medical informatics Professor Cathie Sudlow / Professor Dave Robertson / Professor Aziz Sheikh / Professor Andrew Morris / /