Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Research videos

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

Research in a nutshell

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley

In this video Sarah Cunningham-Burley talks about the importance of sociological understanding in the field of health, medicine and health care. She discusses some of the research she is engaged in around public engagement, medical technologies and family well-being.

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Sarah Cunningham-Burley is Professor of Medical and Family Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and Head of School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences. She is based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) and is one of the founding co-directors of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) Her research interests include families, relationships and health; social issues in relation to new technologies and health and public engagement in medical science. She is committed to promoting public engagement in and with research and to knowledge exchange to influence policy and practice. She investigates the social and ethical context of developments in health and medicine, including new medical technologies and the development of record linkage for health research. Her current funded research includes: the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Strategic Award on ‘The Human Body: its scope, limits and future’, in collaboration with the Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester; and the public engagement strand of the Scottish Health Informatics Programme and the upcoming e-Health Informatics Centre (Scotland). She is also building a programme of research within the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships on military families.

Professor Sarah Wild

In this video Sarah describes her research interests in the use of routine data for research in the patterns of non-communicable diseases in populations. 

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Sarah Wild is a reader in epidemiology and public health at the University of Edinburgh, honorary consultant in public health at NHS Lothian and director of the Epidemiology and Statistics Core of the Edinburgh Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility. Her main research interests are the epidemiology of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, particularly different patterns of risk factors and disease by sex and socio-economic status. Sarah leads the linkage group of the Scottish Diabetes Research Network epidemiology group which makes use of data from the population based Scottish electronic diabetes register linked to other data sources including hospital admissions, cancer registration and other disease registers.

Professor Scott Murray

In this video Scott describes his research on helping all patients live well and then die well, and to meet all dimensions of need in all healthcare settings and all countries.

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Professor Scott Murray describes his work in the Primary Palliative Care Research Group - discussing why providing palliative and end of life care in the community is important. He describes the need for supportive care in all diseases, earlier rather than later, covering all dimensions of need, in all settings in all nations.

Professor Igor Rudan

In this video Igor describes his research interest in defining global health priorities and identifying effective interventions to improve health of those most vulnerable – mothers, children and elderly in low and middle income countries.

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I have been working as a technical expert within the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. I have led several large international projects, some funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that helped to reduce global mortality from pediatric infectious diseases, particularly childhood pneumonia and neonatal sepsis. Through global health policy work our team contributed to reduction of global child mortality (UN’s Millennium Development Goal 4) from about 11 million (in 2000) to under 7 million (in 2010). Working as a consultant for Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) of the Global Forum for Health Research and funded mainly by the World Bank, I developed a systematic methodology for setting priorities in global health research investments (the CHNRI methodology), which has been implemented by the World Health Organization and several national governments to identify research priorities to reduce global child mortality. I published about 300 research papers which have received more than 8,000 citations by the end of 2012. I won 17 awards for my research – including Chancellor’s Award for Research (2012).

Professor Amanda Amos

In this video Amanda describes her research on smoking in the UK, which is still the number one cause of death and health inequality. Her research asks three main questions: 1. Why do young people start smoking? 2. How can we help smokers quit? 3. How can we reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke?

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Her research asks three main questions: 1. Why do young people start smoking? 2. How can we help smokers quit? 3. How can we reduce children’s exposure to second hand smoke?


For more of these videos, please see:

Research in a Nutshell website 

Inaugural Lectures

Professor Andrew Morris

Professor Andrew Morris, Chair of Medicine, delivers his inaugural lecture entitled, Medicine in the Information Age.

Medicine in the Information Age - YouTube

[Recorded on 22 June 2015 at the University of Edinburgh's Chancellor's Building.]

Medical Detectives lecture series

Professor Aziz Sheikh

In this video-recorded lecture, Professor Sheikh presents a summary of the main culprits identified to-date and share his thoughts on where the investigation should now focus attention.

The Sign of Three: An Investigation into the Epidemic of Itch, Sneeze and Wheeze - YouTube

[Recorded on 23 October 2014, at the University of Edinburgh's Anatomy Lecture Theatre.]

Medical Detectives - The University of Edinburgh

Our Changing World

Dr Liz Grant

Dr Liz Grant, Director Global Health Academy, presents "Palliative Care: A Global Development Challenge".

Palliative Care: A Global Development Challenge - YouTube

[Recorded on 29 October 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower.]  

Scottish Collaboration for Publich Health Research and Policy

SCPHRP have an active YouTube channel including videos in the series 'SCPHRP meets....'.

SCPHRP YouTube channel

Look out for an interview with Professor Raj Bhopal -

SCPHRP meets Raj Bhopal YouTube video