Usher Institute

Research

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.

Area

Key people    Related websites and social media
Addiction medicine

Professor Roy Robertson

Profesor Robertson's profile page

 
Allergy and respiratory

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Professor Sheikh's profile page

Professor Hilary Pinnock

Professor Pinnock's profile page

Professor Harry Campbell

Professor Campbell's profile page

Professor Harish Nair

Professor 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

Twitter: @RespViralEpi

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

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

@AUKCAR

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

Professor Weller's profile page

Professor Evi Theodoratou

Professor Theodoratou's profile page

Lothain Bowel Symptoms Study (lead: Evi Theodoratou)

The Lothian Bowel Symptoms Study (LABSS) website

Chronic disease epidemiology

Professor Sarah Wild

Professor Wild's profile page

Diabetes Risk Calculator

Diabetes Risk Calculator website

Clinical trials and statistical methodology

Professor John Norrie

Professor Norrie's profile page

Professor Steff Lewis

Professor Lewis' profile page

Professor Chris Weir

Professor Weir's profile page

Professor Paul McKeigue

Professor 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

Ethnicity and health

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Professor Sheikh's profile page

Edinburgh Migration and Ethnicity Health Research Group (lead: Laurence Gruer)

@EMEHRG

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

Scottish Health and Ethnicity Linkage Study website

Global health

Professor Harry Campbell

Professor Campbell's profile page

Professor Igor Rudan

Professor Rudan's profile page

Professor Devi Sridhar

Professor Sridhar's profile page

Professor Mark Woolhouse

Professor Woolhouse's profile page

Professor Harish Nair

Professor Nair's profile page

Professor Alison Rodger

Professor Rodger's profile page

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 wiki page

Medical informatics

Professor Ewen Harrison

Professor Harrison's profile page

Professor Cathie Sudlow

Professor Sudlow's profile page

Professor Aziz Sheikh

Professor Sheikh's profile page

Professor Andrew Morris

Professor Morris' profile page

Health Data Research UK Scotland (Director: Cathie Sudlow)

HDR UK Scotland site, on HDR UK website

ROADMAP (University of Edinburgh lead: Cathie Sudlow)

ROADMAP (Real World Outcomes Across The AD Spectrum For Better Care: Multi-Modal Data Access Platform) project website

UK Biobank (Chief Scientist: Cathie Sudlow)

UK Biobank 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

Molecular epidemiology

Professor Jackie Price

Professor Price's profile page

Professor Paul McKeigue

Professor McKeigue's profile page

Professor Harry Campbell

Professor Campbell's profile page

Professor Igor Rudan

Professor Rudan's profile page

Professor Sarah Wild

Professor Wild's profile page

Professor Jim Wilson

Professor Wilson's profile page

Molecular Epidemiology Research Group

Molecular Epidemiology Research Group website

Viking Genes study (lead: Jim Wilson)

Viking Genes study website

Multimorbidity and primary care

Professor Bruce Guthrie

Professor Guthrie's profile page

Professor Stewart Mercer

Professor Mercer's profile page

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

Primary Palliative Care Research Group website

@PPCRG     

Social studies of health and medicine

Professor Amanda Amos

Professor Amos' profile page

Professor Julia Lawton

Professor Lawton's profile page

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Professor Cunningham-Burley's profile page

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (Head: Sarah Cunningham-Burley)

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society website

@BiomedSelfSoc

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

Group for Research on  Inequalities and Tobacco website

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

 Cancer and Society in the 21st Century website

Public health

Professor Linda Bauld

Professor Bauld's profile page

Professor John Frank

Professor Frank's profile page