Research Themes within Environment, Health and Societies​

Ageing Studies

The overall aim of the Ageing Studies theme is to address two fundamental questions - how to ensure that people age healthily and are free of disability and, for those who become ill and disabled, how we can ensure interventions and care, transport and housing are provided effectively and efficiently and in line with their needs.

These questions raise issues from the cellular level, through individual human ageing, to..

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Biomedical Engineering

Research at Brunel on Biomedical Engineering is addressing unmet needs in health through innovative technology. Health provision is increasingly dependent on technology and the most successful solutions are derived both from strong technical and clinical principles and evidence in the context of health delivery in practice.

Biomedical Engineering aims to lead research in the growing multi-disciplinary field of advanced technology as devices, processes and modelling to advance health through..

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Environment and Health

There are two key aims for the Environment and Health theme: to conduct research that increases understanding of the links between environments and health; and to prevent disease, via solutions-focused applied research, to improve the quality of our environments.

The theme’s research addresses a diverse number of environmental science issues. It is focused on five research areas: Environmental Health and Ecosystems; Biological Pathways and Systems; Environmental Change; Environmental Solutions; Environmental..

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Synthetic Biology

The Synthetic Biology theme aims to use knowledge-based design to modify living systems, to develop new processes and products based upon sustainable systems informed by successful naturally occurring processes, and to deliver new products and sustainable real-world solutions to current and future problems.

Our research focusses upon three key areas of activity:

Technologies for gene therapy

Some diseases and disorders happen because certain..

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Welfare, Health and Wellbeing

The Welfare, Health and Wellbeing Theme is a social science led, multidisciplinary research grouping committed to improving understanding of the social processes underpinning welfare, health and wellbeing. It is one of six expert research groups within the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies whose members carry out fundamental and applied research to address health and wellbeing inequalities and promote social justice.

The Welfare, Health and Wellbeing Theme has a..

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Health Economics

The Health Economics research theme has developed an international reputation in health economics, building on strong foundations and a consistent strategy pursued over more than twenty-five years.

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Impacts of our research

We won a Queen’s Anniversary Trust Award in 2011 for the influence of our environmental research on policy relating to threats to water quality of rivers streams and drinking water.

Our scientists have since helped offer consumers better protection from pesticides in their food through policy-changing research.

Our research has influenced international worldwide decision-making regarding regulation of chemicals within the framework of EU and global chemicals management regulations minimizing impacts on health of wildlife and people.

Our bioprocess engineers have simplified the process of purification and manufacture of drugs for pharmaceutical industries, reducing the cost of bringing new drugs to market, increasing profit and minimizing environmental impact of waste.

Our Health Economists have saved just under half of the 6,800 men killed by abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) every year by informing government policy regarding the costs and benefits of introduction of national screening for AAA.

They have developed a research investment payback framework technique– giving research-funding groups the chance to show policymakers and the public exactly what their investments have achieved. Their 2008 report, ‘Medical Research: What’s it Worth’, has had a massive impact on policy and public spending, a vital factor in convincing the Government to raise the health research budget in 2010 and to protect the science budget in its 2010 and 2013 Spending Reviews.

Our biomedical engineering and health and social care research has helped…

sufferers of multiple sclerosis and their carers understand the support available to them

Girls in developing countries develop leadership and life skills through sports-based activities, raising the profile of women in sport, and the wider public arena.

Families with drug or alcohol addicted parents through the creation of a specialist family court that has helped in keeping children living with their families and in finding alternative homes for children more quickly than through regular care services.

…Families of progeria sufferers make decisions about drug treatments available in clinical trials.

…Older people live independently through the design and production of new products and services

Severely disabled people, improving their lives by rising professional standards and policy guidelines concerning electronically powered chairs

Professionals caring for the elderly develop policy and procedures to uncover financial abuse and to intervene effectively.

Occupational therapists decide on the best treatments for their patients through an online software tool.

Health practitioners and policy-makers shape their responses to the HIV pandemic by unpicking the cultural and social factors that shape the pandemic

The International Olympic Committee and UNICEF to develop ways of preventing abuse in sport. All the countries taking part in the Olympics are now required to have policies designed to protect athletes and prevent harassment.

These societal impacts are continuing………

Propelled by our forward direction and ambitions we will ensure we continue to discover practical ways to achieve good health – for generations to come.

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