Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Hosted Centres and Units

The Usher Institute hosts additional Centres that include affiliations outwith the Institute, as well as an NIHR Global Health Research Units, RESPIRE and TIBA and Cochrane Vascular Review Group.

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

An exciting new venture between Asthma UK, leading asthma researchers from universities across the UK, people affected by asthma, NHS partners and other organisations. The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research launched in 2014 with the aim of improving care and treatment for people with asthma.

Directors: Professor Aziz Sheikh (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Chris Griffiths (QMUL)

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS) is a multidisciplinary research centre that builds on the University of Edinburgh’s unique history of leadership in social studies of science and medicine to scrutinise the complex social, cultural and technological landscape that characterises contemporary biomedicine and health care.

Bringing together established and emerging research leaders from across the University, the Centre aims to address the pressing problems currently facing biomedicine and society, and to effect lasting change in approaches to, developments from, and perspectives on global biomedical research. To that end, our work combines novel, integrative social science and humanities research with innovative approaches to collaboration, stakeholder and public engagement. 

Director: Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Usher Institute)

Co-Directors: Professor Graeme Laurie (School of Law), Prof Steve Sturdy (School of Social and Political Science)

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society website

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) at The University of Edinburgh 

An NIHR Global Health Research Unit funded as part of the NIHR Global Health Research Programme in 2016/17.  RESPIRE aims to reduce the impact and number of deaths caused by respiratory diseases in Asia in partnership with collaborators from 4 Asian countries – Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Directors: Professor Aziz Sheikh, Professor Harry Campbell

RESPIRE website

NIHR Global Health Research Unit Tackling Infections To Benefit Africa (TIBA) at The University of Edinburgh

An NIHR Global Health Research Unit funded as part of the NIHR Global Health Research Programme in 2016/17.  TIBA is an Africa-led, wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary research programme that explores and draws lessons from the ways that different African health systems tackle infectious diseases.

Director: Professor Mark Woolhouse

TIBA website

Cochrane Vascular Review Group

Cochrane Vascular, one of 53 worldwide Cochrane review groups, is hosted by the Usher Institute. Cochrane Vascular encompasses a world-wide membership of leading researchers from the NHS and universities across the UK and globally, as well as people affected by vascular disease and other organisations.  The aim of Cochrane Vascular is to improve care and treatment for people with vascular disease via the development and dissemination of high quality systematic reviews on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of arterial and venous diseases.  Our evidence is incorporated into over 60 key national and international clinical guidelines for conditions ranging from aortic aneurysm; lower limb arterial occlusive disease, including intermittent claudication and critical limb ischaemia; and venous diseases including varicose veins and thromboembolism.

Co-ordinating Editors: Professor Jackie Price (Usher Institute), Professor Gerard Stansby (Newcastle University)

Cochrane Vascular Website