Institute Director: Professor Susan Jobling
Professor Jobling is interested in how environmental contaminants affect the health of wildlife and humans as exposure to these is a part of our everyday lives, particularly in urban environments where 80% of UK citizens live and work. Her work over the last decade has focused on the ability of environmental contaminants to mimic chemical messengers (hormones) and alter functioning of the reproductive and endocrine systems. Her current research areas include exploring new methods and models with which to determine the safety of mixtures of industrial chemicals and understanding the role of exposure to these chemicals in the manifestation of health problems, particularly reproductive health problems.
Professor Jobling is also Theme Leader for Health and Environment.
Biomedical Engineering Theme Leader: Professor Peter Brett
Professor Peter Brett has leading research experience in robotics for surgery and cellular processing, and smart sensing in biomedical applications. His work on robotic surgery commenced in 1989, and he has focused on the real time control of tools in tissues to control interaction, behaviour and state. The novel techniques have been demonstrated successfully in the operating room and work in real time, sensing tool progress relative to flexible, deforming and soft tissues. The new distributive approach to sensing has also been demonstrated successfully in a range of applications from discriminating human motion and behaviour to tactile sense for discriminating contacting conditions on steerable endoscopes and catheters, to discriminating cells and in other defence related applications.
Ageing Studies Theme Leader: Professor Mary Gilhooly
Professor Gilhooly's research concerns issues surrounding ageing and older adults, and has covered topics as varied as petitioning the House of Lords on the subject of 'living wills' to research on the effects of playing chess and doing crosswords on cognitive ability in old age. Prof Gilhooly conducted one of the first studies in the UK on family care of people with dementia. Research funded by the ESRC includes studies on (a) transport and ageing, and (b) quality of life and real life cognitive functioning. More recently Professor Gilhooly has turned her attention to whether or not alcoholic consumption amongst baby boomers will be a threat to healthy ageing.
Health Economics Theme Leader: Professor Julia Fox-Rushby
Professor Julia Fox-Rushby has over has over 20 years experience in the economic evaluation of health interventions. Prior to joining HERG she was a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Research Scientist at MEDTAP International and lecturer at City University, having begun her academic career originally at HERG. She has been a primary investigator of several international evaluations of public health interventions including modelling the cost-effectiveness of expanding the use of childhood vaccines, and the cost-effectiveness, alongside a clinical trial, of an evidence-based package of antenatal care. She has also undertaken numerous evaluations of malaria interventions within a variety of countries. Since joining HERG she has begun a systematic review and modelling of behaviour change interventions and a cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative pharmaco treatment pathways in neuropathic pain.
Synthetic Biology Theme Leader: Professor Nigel Saunders
Professor Saunders has co-authored over 100 academic papers and book chapters, largely relating to medical microbiology and research that exploits genome information and addresses how living systems work ‘as a whole system’ (in bacteria, plants, structural biology, cancer biology, biomarkers, and more). His work is highly cited (ISI h-index 23) and he is always interested to discuss ways in which genomics and systems biology can be exploited to gain deeper insights into how living systems work, especially the key determinants of how they behave. This is frequently, but far from exclusively, focussed on the factors / differences that make bacteria dangerous (or not).
Welfare, Health and Wellbeing Theme Leader: Professor Tess Kay
Professor Kay's work focuses on the experiences of individuals and social groups, and addresses aspects of disadvantage and exclusion - in the UK and Europe, and also in international development contexts. She undertakes research in two contexts – the use of sport in international development contexts, and the use of sport in support of the public health agenda in the UK. Her work in both of these areas includes a focus on developing research approaches, including monitoring and evaluation processes, which inform local practice and wider policy.
Director of Operations
- Tracey Henshaw
- Ushma Gudka
- Anne Smith