Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Public Health

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Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Public Health

Queen’s University Belfast Centre for Public Health, The Centre was launched in 2008 as part of a £20 million investment across the UK to strengthen research into complex public health issues such as obesity and health inequalities.  Researchers at the Centre have already made an impact by actively involving the policy makers, practitioners and the public in all stages of their research, in projects like the evaluation of the Connswater Community Greenway, in schools-based trials and in the way they disseminate their results in easily understood language.

In 2013, the Centre was awarded a further 5 years funding which will enable its team to advance their research on what shapes the health and wellbeing of adolescents in schools, on developing better interventions to improve public health and on the broader social and economic forces that help us all “age” well.

Issues such as obesity and an increasingly ageing population are just some of the factors that are set to impact hugely on society in years to come. Thanks to the funding from all of our sponsors, The UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI can continue to build capacity in research that will help counter these problems and extend the evidence base that will inform policy and practice in public health.

Our co-investigators cross two Universities (Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast) and seven Schools in QUB and two Institutes in UU:  School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work (QUB), School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (QUB), School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Management School (QUB), School of Education (QUB), School of Biological Sciences (QUB),  and the Institute of Nursing and Health Research (UU) and the Psychology Research Institute (UU).  We also have affilialiated academic staff and students from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (QUB) and the  Gibson Institute (QUB).

Our Mission

Our mission is to build capacity for public health research, strengthen the evidence base for public health policy and practice and to improve the health of the population. Our aims are to ensure that our research is excellent while extending its reach and impact. Therefore our strategy and objectives for this renewal phase of the Centre are: (1) to expand and develop our staff and equip them with the skills for trans-disciplinary public health research; (2) to build on a platform of excellence in key programmatic areas {exploiting existing data; social determinants of health and disease; and health behaviours}, extending our research infrastructure and strengthening themes of priority to our partners and funders; (3) to consolidate our partnerships to ensure stakeholder engagement and active participation; (4) to work more closely with the other UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Centres of Excellence to ensure that the initiative delivers its objectives for national and international leadership in the field; (5) to incrementally increase our grant income to ensure longer term sustainability.  A unique selling point of our centre is the strength of the partnership working which is underpinning knowledge co-creation.  We have considered this next phase of the Centre in the light of an analysis undertaken jointly with our partners in the summer of 2012.

The funding Partners contributing to this joint initiative are:

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Health and Social Care Research and Development Office, Northern Ireland
  • National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Welsh Assembly Government)
  • Wellcome Trust

The five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence are:

  • Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
    Professor Nick Wareham, MRC Epidemiology Unit Cambridge
  • Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland
    Professor Frank Kee, Queens University Belfast
  • Centre for Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health (DECIPHer)
    Professor Rona Campbell (formerly Professor Laurence Moore), Cardiff University
  • Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse)
    Professor Ashley Adamson (formerly Professor Martin White), Newcastle University
  • UK Centre for Tobacco Control and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS)
    Professor John Britton, University of Nottingham

Our CoENI Partners are:

  • HSC R&D  (Public Health Agency)
  • University of Ulster
  • W5 Interactive Discovery Centre
  • Community Development and Health Network (CDHN)
  • DHSSPSNI  (Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety)

Contact Us

Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI)
Centre for Public Health
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Queen’s University Belfast
Room 01012
Institute of Clinical Science B
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
BT12 6BJ

T:   028 9063 2627 / 5051
F:   028 9023 5900
M:  07969215184

E:  coe@qub.ac.uk
T:  @CoE_NI