Usher Institute

Research

An overview of the core research areas across 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.

In this section you will find a broad high level overview of the core research areas and leading professors from across all Centres within the Institute, as well as details of some example projects and programmes intended to give a feel for the range of work we cover.

Involving members of the public to help shape our work is very important to us - if you are keen to get involved to help feed in to our work or indeed as a study participant you can find details below.

More details about individual researchers within the Usher Institute can be found on the Edinburgh Research Explorer.

Projects and programmes

Some current projects and programmes; intended to give a flavour of the on-going work at the Usher Institute.

Research videos

Short videos from some of our academics talking about their research.

Take part

Many of the studies at the Usher Institute involve members of the public. Find out how you may be able to take part.

Publications

Research outputs from the Usher Institute

Area

Key professors Related websites and social media
Acute Care Professor Tim Walsh

Acute Care Edinburgh (lead: Tim Walsh)

Acute Care Edinburgh website

Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Medicine (lead: Tim Walsh)

 Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Medicine website

Addiction medicine

Professor Roy Robertson

Roy Robertson's profile page

 
Allergy and respiratory

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Aziz Sheikh's profile page

Professor Hilary Pinnock

Hilary Pinnock's profile page

Professor Harry Campbell

Harry Campbell's profile page

Professor Harish Nair

Harish Nair's profile page

Allergy and Respiratory Research Group (lead: Aziz Sheikh)

@ARRG_EdUni

Respiratory Viral Epidemiology Group (leads: Harish Nair, Harry Campbell)

Respiratory Viral Epidemiology Group website

@RespViralEpi

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

@AUKCAR

BREATHE - Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

BREATHE website

@BREATHEdata

RESPIRE (Directors: Aziz Sheikh, Harry Campbell)

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) website

@RESPIREGlobal

RESCEU Programme (lead: Harish Nair)

RESCEU website

@RESCEUproject 

Scottish Allergy and Respiratory Academy (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

SARA website

Cancer

Professor David Weller

David Weller's profile page

Professor Evi Theodoratou

Evi Theodoratou's profile page

Lothian Bowel Symptoms Study (lead: Evi Theodoratou)

The Lothian Bowel Symptoms Study (LABSS) website

Chronic disease epidemiology

Professor Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild's profile page

Diabetes Risk Calculator

Diabetes Risk Calculator website

Clinical trials and statistical methodology

Professor John Norrie

John Norrie's profile page

Professor Steff Lewis

Steff Lewis' profile page

Professor Chris Weir

Chris Weir's profile page

Professor Paul McKeigue

Paul McKeigue's profile page

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (Director: John Norrie)

ECTU website

@EdinUniECTU

Paul McKeigue's Research Group

Paul McKeigue's research group website

Geriatric medicine

Professor Alasdair MacLullich

Professor Gillian Mead

Geriatric Medicine website
Global health

Professor Harry Campbell

Harry Campbell's profile page

Professor Igor Rudan

Igor Rudan's profile page

Professor Liz Grant

Liz Grant's profile page

Professor Harish Nair

Harish Nair's profile page

Professor Alison Rodger

Alison Rodger's profile page

Professor Devi Sridhar

Devi Sridhar's profile page

Professor Mark Woolhouse

Mark Woolhouse's profile page

RESPIRE (Directors: Aziz Sheikh, Harry Campbell)

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) website

@RESPIREGlobal

TIBA (Director: Mark Woolhouse)

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

@TibaPartnership

Global Health Governance Programme (lead: Devi Sridhar)

Global Health Governance Programme website

@GlobalHealthGP

Epidemiology Research Group (lead: Mark Woolhouse)

Epidemiology Research Group website

Medical informatics

Professor Ewen Harrison

Ewen Harrison's profile page

Professor Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris' profile page

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Aziz Sheikh's profile page

Professor Cathie Sudlow

Cathie Sudlow's profile page

Health Data Research UK Scotland (Director: Cathie Sudlow)

HDR UK website

Global Digital Exemplar Programme Evaluation Project (leads: Aziz Sheikh, Kathrin Cresswell)

Global Digital Exemplar Programme Evaluation website

NHS Digital Academy (Director: Aziz Sheikh)

NHS Digital Academy launch news on Usher Institute website

@NHSDigAcademy

Telescot Programme (lead: Emeritus Professor Brian McKinstry)

Telescot Research Programme website

ePrescribing Programme

ePrescribing Research Programme website

Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study (lead: Emeritus Professor Raj Bhopal)

Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study website

Molecular epidemiology

Professor Harry Campbell

Harry Campbell's profile page

Professor Paul McKeigue

Paul McKeigue's profile page

Professor Jackie Price

Jackie Price's profile page

Professor Igor Rudan

Igor Rudan's profile page

Professor Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild's profile page

Professor Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson's profile page

Molecular Epidemiology Research Group

Molecular Epidemiology Research Group website

Viking Genes study (lead: Jim Wilson)

Viking Genes study website

Primary care and Multimorbidity

Professor Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie's profile page

Professor Stewart Mercer

Stewart Mercer's profile page

Primary Care and Multimorbidity Research Group (leads: Bruce Guthrie, Stewart Mercer)

Primary Care Multimorbidity Research Group website

Primary Palliative Care Research Group  (lead: Kirsty Boyd / Emeritus Professor Scott Murray)

Primary Palliative Care Research Group website

@PPCRG    

Advanced Care Research Centre (lead: Bruce Guthrie)

Advanced Care Research Centre website

Public health

Professor Amanda Amos

Amanda Amos' profile page

Professor Linda Bauld

Linda Bauld's profile page

Professor John Frank

John Frank's profile page

Group for Research on Inequalities and Tobacco (lead: Amanda Amos)

Group for Research on  Inequalities and Tobacco website

Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce IneqUalities and harM (SPECTRUM)  (lead: Linda Bauld)

SPECTRUM on the UKPRP website

Social studies of health and medicine

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Sarah Cunningham-Burley's profile page

Professor Julia Lawton

Julia Lawton's profile page

Professor Martyn Pickersgill

Martyn Pickersgill's profile page

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (Head: Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Associate Directors Sarah Chan / Martyn Pickersgill)

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society website

@BiomedSelfSoc

Cancer and Society in the 21st Century Project (lead: Sarah Cunningham-Burley)

 Cancer and Society in the 21st Century website

Social Dimensions of Biomedicine (lead: Martyn Pickersgill)

 @SocialBiomed