Health Protection Research Units

Healthcare Protection Research Units are research partnerships between universities and Public Health England (PHE) and act as centres of excellence in multidisciplinary health protection research in England.

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Priority areas

PHE was established in April 2013 and incorporates the responsibilities of the Health Protection Agency. The role of the HPRUs is to support PHE in delivering its objectives and functions for the protection of the public’s health in the following areas:

Topic-based priority areas:

  • Blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections
  • Chemical and radiation threats and hazards
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Emerging and zoonotic infections
  • Environmental change and health
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance
  • Health impact of environmental hazards
  • Immunisation
  • Respiratory infections.

 Cross-cutting priority areas:

  • Evaluation of interventions
  • Modelling methodology.

Funding

Research funding is provided for a five-year period starting 1 April 2014 following an open competition. This funding complements existing NIHR funding streams.

Topic-based priority area(s)

Name of HPRU

Lead University in partnership with Public Health England (PHE)

Collaborator(s)

Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections

NIHR HPRU in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London

University College London

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards

NIHR HPRU in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards at University of Newcastle upon Tyne

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Emergency Preparedness and Response

NIHR HPRU in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London

King’s College London

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

University of East Anglia

Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

NIHR HPRU in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Environmental Change and Health

NIHR HPRU in Environmental Change and Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Exeter University

University College London

Gastrointestinal Infections

NIHR HPRU in Gastrointestinal Infections at University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

University of East Anglia

University of Oxford

Institute of Food Research

Health Impact of Environmental Hazards

NIHR HPRU in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards at King’s College London

 

King’s College London

Imperial College London

Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

NIHR HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Wellcome Sanger Institute

NWL Academic Health Science Network

Cambridge Veterinary School

Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

NIHR HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Immunisation

NIHR HPRU in Immunisation at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

 

Respiratory Infections

NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Birmingham University

 

Cross-cutting priority areas

Name of HPRU

Lead University in partnership with Public Health England (PHE)

Collaborators

Evaluation of Interventions

NIHR HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions at University of Bristol

University of Bristol

University College London

Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit

University of the West of England

Modelling Methodology

NIHR HPRU in Modelling Methodology at Imperial College London

Imperial College London