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NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) PILOT - Where Can I Go?

 

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You can undertake a GHR SPARC placement anywhere across the NIHR as long as you get agreement with the host first. Applicants are encouraged to consider the list of NIHR GHR Units, Groups and RIGHT awards including the UK lead institution and partner institutions within these - the list below is by no means exhaustive. Additionally, applicants may arrange to spend their placement in a part of the wider NIHR (e.g. NIHR Infrastructure or NIHR Schools) which do not constitute part of the NIHR GHR Programmes (please check NIHR SPARC (Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration): Where Can I Go?).

These two documents detail the types of activities taking place within the NIHR GHR Programmes and NIHR Infrastructure (nb this is not an exhaustive list, and does not detail all wider NIHR opportunities). You will still need to contact the host and arrange this yourself, but we hope this gives you some idea of what might be possible.

This document will continue to be updated as we receive more ideas for placements. 

NIHR Global Health Research Units

NIHR GHR Unit on Neglected Tropical Diseases, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Webpage: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/research/global-health-and-infection/nihr-global-health-research-unit-for-ntds/nihr.aspx

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Implementation science (podoconiosis, LF, leprosy)
  • Assessment of novel diagnostic and measurement devices (podoconiosis)
  • Rapid ethical appraisal
  • Immunopathogenesis (podoconiosis
  • Drug discovery/endemic plants (podoconiosis, scabies)
  • Geo-spatial analysis (podoconiosis, mycetoma)
  • Community engagement (mycetoma)
  • Outbreak response (scabies).   

Partner organisations

NIHR GHR Unit on Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa, The University of Edinburgh

Webpage: http://tiba-partnership.org/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

TIBA brings together some of the leading centers of health research excellence in Africa and the University of Edinburgh. Together offer expertise and platforms for laboratory sciences focusing on immunology and vaccinology, genomics and bioinformatics of neglected diseases particularly for malaria, schistosomiasis, leishmania and trypanosomiasis. The Group also has strong expertise and physical capacity to run clinical trials for diagnostics, vaccines, and drugs in the African setting.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Improving diagnosis and surveillance of infectious diseases
  • Improving the deployment of existing drugs and local capacity to develop new ones
  • Improving the deployment of existing vaccines and local capacity to develop new ones
  • Strengthening health systems, governance and ethics for disease control
  • Improving policy development and implementation
  • Enhancing capacity to respond to infectious disease emergencies.

Partner organisations

  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya
  • College of Health Sciences, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
  • West Africa Centre of Excellence for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, University of Ghana
  • Bioscience Research Institute, Ibn Sina University, Sudan
  • Neglected Tropical Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Tanzania
  • Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Centre for Immunology & Infection Research, University of Zimbabwe
  • College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda
  • Coordinating Office for Control of Trypanosomiasis, Uganda.

NIHR GHR Unit on Lung Health and Tuberculosis in Africa at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Webpage: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/impala

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our strategic aim is to improve the health of children and adults in Africa through multi-disciplinary applied health research on lung health and TB. The last 5 years have seen the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine investing substantially in applied health research to make a difference to the day-to-day delivery of effective and affordable healthcare for the world's poorest people and populations. Our NIHR-funded IMPALA programme offers a multidisciplinary and collaborative work environment in the field of lung health & TB working with 16 partners from 10 different African countries, comprising universities, small NGOs, as well as government bodies.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Clinical Sciences: including respiratory infections, COPD, asthma, TB
  • Social Sciences: integrated approaches for improving health services for chronic lung disease and patient; health worker needs to improve health literacy
  • Health Systems: health systems response and opportunities for health system strengthening
  • Health Economics: economic burden of non-communicable lung disease and the impact of patient-oriented interventions
  • Policy & Capacity Strengthening: operational modelling on TB, multidisciplinary implementation research.

Partner organisations

  • Douala General Hospital, Douala, Cameroon
  • Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
  • African Institute for Development Policy, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Reach Trust, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Pan African Thoracic Society, Durban, South Africa
  • Education for Health Africa, Durban, South Africa
  • Epidemiological Lab, Khartoum, Sudan
  • National TB & Leprosy Programme, Dodoma, Tanzania
  • National Institute for Medical Research, Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

NIHR GHR Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU), University College London

Webpage: https://www.mpru.org/

NIHR GHR Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, King's College London

Webpage: https://healthasset.org/

NIHR GHR Unit on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians, Imperial College London

Webpage: https://www.ghru-southasia.org/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

GHRU on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases in South Asia is focussed on Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases including hypertension, stroke, peripheral artery disease, etc. Our Unit brings together a consortium of clinical and academic experts from the partner organisations in India Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the UK. The expertise of our consortium includes:

  • Endocrinology,
  • Cardiology,
  • Public Health,
  • Behavioural Sciences,
  • Public Health Nutrition, and
  • Health Economics.

Researchers at the GHRU get an exposure to the community-health research, structured digitalized data collection, and hands-on training on high-end equipment for ECG, Spirometry and Fundoscopy.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Our GHRU provides a platform for research activities related to Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases on the following themes:

  • Disease surveillance or epidemiology
  • Risk stratification
  • Digital intervention
  • Primary prevention
  • Environmental mapping.

Partner organisations

  • BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Max Healthcare, Delhi, India
  • Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, India, which partners with:
  • Department of Endocrinology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Department of Public Health, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Department at Community Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

NIHR GHR Unit Action on Salt China (ASC), Queen Mary University of London

Webpage: http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/projects/saltchina/ and http://47.92.106.251:1008/Web/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Salt intake
  • Blood pressure
  • 24-hour urine collection in population
  • Community engagement
  • mHealth-based intervention
  • Nutrition
  • Non-communicable diseases.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Implement national strategies to reduce salt consumption in the population
  • Improve the diet, e.g., reduce salt, to prevent non-communicable diseases
  • Develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies focusing on salt reduction in LMICs, especially in China.

Partner organisations

  • The George Institute for Global Health (TGI) China, Beijing, China
  • Chinese Center for Health Education (CCHE), Beijing, China
  • School of Computing, Beihang University, Beijing, China
  • China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), Beijing, China
  • Division of Health and NCD Control and Community Health (NCD Division) of China CDC, Beijing, China
  • National Centre for Chronic and Non-Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (NCD centre) of China CDC, Beijing, China
  • National Institute for Nutrition and Health (NINH) of China CDC, Beijing, China.

NIHR GHR Unit on Global Surgery, University of Birmingham

Webpage: https://globalsurg.org/

NIHR GHR Unit on Improving Health in Slums at University of Warwick

Webpage: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/about/centres/cahrd/slums/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums have methodological expertise in evaluating complex interventions using mixed methods; stepped-wedge designs; health economics; geo-spatial mapping and modelling; and community engagement. We work in LMICs increasing research capability and capacity in challenging areas.

All our researchers and doctoral students have access to world-class facilities based at the University of Warwick and in LMIC partner institutes.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Our programme of research is split into the following work packages:

Work Package 1: Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums

Work Package 2: Household survey of health service use by slum residents

Work Package 3: Curation and synthesis of the literature on models of health service delivery relevant to the slum context

Work Package 4: Simulation-based interactive design of optimal service models

Work Package 5: Understanding mapping and survey results and identifying viable options for health service delivery in slums

Work Package 6: Quality of healthcare service search themes including cross-cutting themes.

Partner organisations

We work closely with our colleagues based in:

NIHR GHR Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 

Webpage: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/research-and-knowledge-exchange/research-centres-institutes-and-knowledge-exchange-centres/institute-for-global-health-and-development/nihr-research-unit-on-health-in-fragility-ruhf/

NIHR GHR Unit on Global Diabetes Outcomes Research, University of Dundee

Webpage: https://inspired-nihr.com/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our researcher in the Dundee NIHR-GHR unit on diabetes outcomes (INSPIRED) are skilled in:

  • Candidate based and Genome Wide Association studies (GWAS)
  • Large scale data interrogation and analysis
  • Using big data technologies and implementing frameworks to store and process data effectively
  • Image analysis using machine learning
  • Predictive modelling
  • Community based cross sectional studies
  • Statistical programming using R.

Our researchers are investigating the genetic basis of T2D risk factors with access two of the world’s most advanced diabetes data sets and to state-of-the-art genomic facilities in the University of Dundee’s Medical School. More information at https://inspired-nihr.com/about-inspired/.
    
Dr. Mohan's Group of Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) in the hospital wing of Dr. Mohan’s Group of Institutions which is one of the largest Healthcare group in Asia devoted to the treatment of diabetes and its complications, with over 5, 00,000 registered patients and 50 clinics across India. The various verticals in the group are healthcare services, pharmacy (includes Dr. Mohan’s Health products), education and charity which comes under our Corporate Social responsibility (CSR). Besides these, we have a separate foundation for diabetes related research called Madras Diabetes Research Foundation. DMDSC & MDRF are also recognized as the ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes, WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention & Control & IDF Centre for Education. Our expertise lies in large - patient data from electronic medical records, epidemiology, translational, community, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, nutrition, ocular research and clinical trials.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

NIHR India-Scotland partnership INSPIRED seeks to understand contracting phenotypic factors of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the molecular and clinical causes of complications relevant to T2D in Indian and Scottish populations to deliver precision medicine that will improve outcomes for patients with T2D.

Our research themes include:

  • The contrasting phenotype of Type 2 diabetes in Scottish and Indian populations
  • Phenotypic and genotypic determinants of drug response in diabetes.
  • Genetic variation in susceptibility to diabetic retinopathy
  • Evaluating big data technologies for storage and querying large scale phenotypic and genotypic data in clinical research
  • Retinal image screening for prediction of morbidity and mortality in Type 2 diabetes
  • Deep learning exploration of large bio resources for the discovery of retinal biomarkers
  • Stratifying patient drug response using machine learning.
  • Diabetes Research
  • Data Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Translational research
  • Biostatistics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Food and Nutrition research
  • Nutrition laboratory
  • Advanced Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular biology
  • Clinical trial
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Vascular biology.

Partner organisations

  • Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai, India.

NIHR GHR Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) at The University of Edinburgh

Webpage: https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/respire

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations RESPIRE is an NIHR Global Health Research Unit with a focus on Respiratory Health, with expertise across a range of acute (infectious) and chronic (non-communicable) disorders. The Unit currently has a focus in Asia, with partners in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan.

Research activity includes projects in our partner countries that are assessing the burden of respiratory disease, adapting/tailoring existing interventions to particular LMIC health-care systems, developing and evaluating new LMIC context-specific interventions for scale-up, enriching/developing new cohorts, and conducting multi-country trials.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Our core research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • RSV Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Air quality
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Lung Cancer

We also have broader themes across paediatric and adult care, primary care, stakeholder engagement, community engagement and involvement/PPI, and data science.

Partner organisations

  • Maternal and Child Health Division (MCHD), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh;
  • Projahnmo Research Foundation, Bangladesh;
  • Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh;
  • Bangladesh Primary Care Respiratory Society, Bangladesh;
  • Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs, Christian Medical College Vellore, India;
  • Vadu Rural Health Program, King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Centre (KEMHRC) Pune, India;
  • Chest Research Foundation, India;
  • Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia;
  • Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia;
  • Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Research Network

NIHR GHR Unit on Genomic Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Webpage: https://ghru.pathogensurveillance.net/

NIHR Global Health Research Groups

NIHR GHR Group on Improving Stroke Care, University of Central Lancashire

Webpage: http://uclanglobalhealth.co.uk/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The NIHR Global Health Research Group on Improving Stroke care in India have interest and expertise in multi-disciplinary applied research in stroke. We have particular skills in:

  • Health Service Research related to stroke
  • Epidemiology
  • Complex interventions research
  • Stroke study design, management and delivery
  • Mixed research methods
  • Patient and Public engagement and co-production
  • Implementation science
  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Professional Ethics Research
  • Health economic evaluation
  • Evaluation.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Mixed methods research
  • Implementation
  • Co-production and engagement
  • Quality Improvement.

Partner organisations

Within India:

  • The George Institute for Global Health, New Delhi & Hyderabad
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute from Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum.

In the UK:

  • Lead Organisation- University of Central Lancashire, Preston
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester.

In Australia:

  • University of Sydney
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • Australian Catholic University.

NIHR GHR Group on Diet and Activity, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Webpage: https://www.gdarnet.org/

NIHR GHR Group on Global Surgical Technologies, University of Leeds

Webpage: https://ghrgst.nihr.ac.uk/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies has expertise in surgery, global health sciences, clinical trials, surgical engineering and health economics.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Surgical engineering brings expertise in taking a multi-disciplinary approach to develop, evaluate and produce new devices and systems for Global Health. In particular, we have experience in working with clinical, industry and patient groups to understand end-user needs, develop innovative devices for Global Surgery and bring these toward clinical use.
  • Clinical Trials Research Unit designs, coordinates and analyses our clinical trials of innovative surgical technology in LMIC settings. The Clinical Trials Research Unit provides statistical, trial management and IT expertise and training.
  • Our international health expertise is based around the principle of strong in-country collaborations to identify priority problems leading to interventions that have broad acceptance in a country and undergo rigorous evaluation. All our work is undertaken in low and middle income countries. We place considerable emphasis on qualitative methods to understand the context and develop appropriate and sustainable solutions as well as rigorous quantitative methods to assess impact. Work is usually interdisciplinary, working across departments to create innovative interventions to address health service and system priorities.
  • The GHRG-ST is supported by the Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds. The team have extensive experience in the economic evaluation of surgical technologies, and are currently growing a research portfolio in global health research.

Partner organisations

  • Doctors for You, Mumbai, India
  • College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Kohima Institute, Nagaland, India.

NIHR GHR Group on POsT Conflict Trauma; PrOTeCT, Imperial College London

Webpage: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/blast-injury/research/networks/trauma/nihr-protect-grant-/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The NIHR GHR Group on Post Conflict Trauma; PrOTeCT, is a collaborative grant between Imperial College London (UK), the University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) and the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). It brings together expertise in trauma practice, engineering and clinical research.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

The clinical goal for PrOTeCT is limb salvage for victims of conflict trauma. We want to develop and clinically deploy technology for limb salvage and limb regeneration that will be appropriate wherever blast injuries occur. Our research themes are:

  1. Identifying patient characteristics that have led to early avoidable amputation through discussions with surgeons working in conflict and post-conflict environments.
  2. Providing immediate surgeon education for limb salvage/amputation using state of the art techniques - this will include a training course for surgeons.
  3. Developing simple, low cost bespoke instruments and implantable devices to maximise the extent of limb salvage - this includes fixation devices and biomaterial scaffolds.

Partner organisations

  • Imperial College London (UK) - Departments of Bioengineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) - Department of Mechanical Engineering and Centre for Biomedical Innovation
  • American University of Beirut Medical Centre (Lebanon) - Conflict Medicine Program at the Global Health Institute.

NIHR GHR Group on Nepal Injury Research, University of the West of England, Bristol

TBC

NIHR GHR Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa, The University of Manchester

Webpage: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/stillbirth-prevention-africa/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The NIHR Global Health Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management at The University of Manchester brings together expertise in stillbirth prevention and bereavement care and improving maternity care and womens’ and newborns’ health in low and middle income countries. Our research team includes midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, social scientists and research methods experts, including clinical trialists. The Group is a collaboration between the Centre for Global Womens’ Health led by Professor Dame Tina Lavender at The University of Manchester and Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN) which works to develop research capacity amongst midwives and others in six countries in East Africa. This partnership, established since 2012, has developed the capacity of individual midwives and partner institutions to conduct high quality research to improve outcomes for women and newborns.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

The Group aims to improve outcomes for women and newborns in high burden settings by; improving understanding of the current context of stillbirth, including the response of health systems, developing culturally relevant research and acting as a catalyst for change in the global health arena. Our research, conducted across six LAMRN countries including Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, currently focuses on three areas of care:

  • Preventing stillbirth by improved prediction and identification of women with risk factors
  • Promoting access to and increased uptake of high quality intrapartum care in facilities
  • Ensuring compassionate and respectful support for parents and families experiencing the death of a baby around the time of birth.

Partner organisations

  • School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Archbishop Anthony Mayala School of Nursing, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania
  • College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • Ministry of Health, Mansa General Hospital, Mansa, Zambia
  • Mpilo School of Midwifery, Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

NIHR GHR Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care (DePEC), Newcastle University

Webpage: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/global_health_depec/

NIHR GHR Group on Early Childhood Development for Peacebuilding, Queen's University of Belfast

Webpage: https://ecdpeace.org/work-content/links-nihr-global-health-research-group-early-childhood-development-peacebuilding

 

NIHR GHR Group on prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and HIV-infection in Africa, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Webpage: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/research/institutional-funding/nihr-global-health-research-awards/nihr-global-health-research-0

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our NIHR Group at LSTM has expertise in epidemiology, health services research, clinical trials and health economics. Our research studies are being conducted in Uganda and Tanzania, and we have close links with partner organisations in these countries.

Our particular interests relate to the following:

  • integration of care for HIV, hypertension and diabetes
  • clinical studies on the prevention of diabetes in the HIV population
  • epidemiology of multimorbidity in these populations
  • developing and testing prevention strategies for HIV, hypertension and diabetes.  

The partners within the group have expertise in implementation research, management of clinical trials, partnership working within health systems, and working with patient groups and policy makers.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • integration of care for HIV, hypertension and diabetes
  • clinical studies on the prevention of diabetes in the HIV population
  • epidemiology of multimorbidity in these populations
  • developing and testing prevention strategies for HIV, hypertension and diabetes.  

Partner organisations

  • National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • MRC/UVRI Uganda/LSHTM unit in Entebbe, Uganda.

 

NIHR GHR Group on prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and HIV-infection in Africa, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Webpage: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/research/institutional-funding/nihr-global-health-research-awards/nihr-global-health-research-0

NIHR GHR Group on Global Health Econometrics and Economics (GHE2), University of York

TBC

NIHR GHR Group on Global COPD in Primary Care, University of Birmingham

Webpage: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/applied-health/research/breathe-well/index.aspx

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Epidemiology, study design
  • Health Economics
  • Clinical trials
  • Respiratory diagnostic testing
  • Primary Care Research.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • COPD
  • Case finding for undiagnosed COPD
  • Promotion of smoking cessation in the community
  • Behavioural interventions to improve disease management.

Partner organisations

  • CESCO, Center of Studies of Collective Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the ABC, São Paulo, Brazil
  • The Health Management Centre, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Georgian Respiratory Association, Tblisi, GEORGIA
  • Centre for Family Medicine, SS. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia.

NIHR GHR Group on developing psycho-social interventions for mental health care, Queen Mary University of London

Webpage: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/nihr-ghrg/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The unit for social and community psychiatry has expertise in developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for severe mental illness. Our focus is on resource-orientation and using the existing resources of individuals, families and communities to overcome mental distress. We are multidisciplinary with good links with economics, arts, geography as well as psychology and psychiatry, and we are linked with the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

We focus on mental health, and specifically on severe mental illness. Our main focus is on community treatments, and improving the effectiveness of community based care. This includes developing new digital interventions, resource-orientated approaches such as family therapies, community arts based organisations, volunteering etc.  We are currently conducting a range of RCTs and controlled studies of psychosocial interventions across different healthcare systems across the world. One theme across the initial countries of our group is that each country is in a post-conflict period.

Partner organisations

  • Bogota and Cali, Colombia: University of Javeriana, Faculty of Medicine
  • Lima, Peru: Cayetano Heredia University, CRONICAS - Centre of Excellence in Chronic Diseases
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Faculty of Medicine
  • Kampala, Uganda: Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: University of Sarajevo, Clinical Centre (KCUS)
  • Karachi, Pakistan: Interactive Research and Development.

NIHR GHR Group on Social Policy and Health Inequalities led by the University of Glasgow

Webpage: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/research/mrccsosocialandpublichealthsciencesunit/programmes/inequalities/healthinequalities/global-health-research/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Deprivation Index methodology at Glasgow University
  • Data Linkage and Bias Research at UCL/LSHTM
  • BigData methods at LSHTM.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Partner organisations

  • Glasgow University
  • LSHTM
  • UCL.

NIHR GHR Group on warfarin anticoagulation in patients with cardiovascular disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of Liverpool

Webpage: http://warpath.info/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our GHR Group aims to improve warfarin anticoagulation by developing improved clinical dosing algorithms and performing a genome wide association study (GWAS) to identify genetic factors that are important for warfarin dosing in black African patients. Our expertise includes:

  • pharmacogenomics
  • pharmacogenetic biostatistics
  • clinical algorithm development and implementation
  • drug and metabolite quantification and assay development.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Our GHR Group is affiliated to the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/mrc-centre-for-drug-safety-science) which has a remit to understand fundamental mechanisms of adverse drug reactions and improve the benefit-risk ratio of existing and novel therapeutics. The CDSS has two main cross-cutting research themes:

  • dose limiting toxicity
  • patient susceptibility.

We have expertise in bioanalysis (drug and metabolite quantification, protein modification), biomarkers, chemical biology, complex cell culture techniques (spheroids, organoids), imaging, immunopharmacology, pharmacogenomics, pharmacometrics and systems medicine.

Partner organisations

  • Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

NIHR GHR Group on Neurotrauma, University of Cambridge

Webpage: http://neurotrauma.world

NIHR GHR Group on Psychosis Outcomes: The Warwick-­India-Canada {WIC} Network, The University of Warwick

Webpage: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/uow-071417.php

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Clinical psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Psycho social rehabilitation
  • First episode psychoses
  • Mental health in school and colleges
  • Dementia care.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Cross cultural aspects of research in psychoses
  • Dementia, youth mental health
  • Use of technology to provide MH care.

Partner organisations

  • Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  • Department of Social & Community Psychiatry, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

NIHR GHR Group on Evidence to Policy pathway to Immunisation in China (NIHR EPIC), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Webpage: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2017/ps19m-funding-evaluate-best-way-using-vaccines-protect-vulnerable-people-china (website in preparation will be ready soon)

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our unit is very multi-disciplinary and includes members with expertise in mathematical modelling, health economics, systematic reviews, epidemiology, vaccine confidence monitoring and health policy and health systems research.  Some of our research combines these disciplinary approaches and others builds on findings from different studies to provide a more comprehensive understanding of research questions and policy issues. Most of our research is focused on real-life vaccine policy questions and members of our team have extensive experience in this type of research within the English context. We are very engaged in collecting data that can inform the introduction of new vaccines but assess help address inequalities in service provision and uptake. The links to the following groups provides more information on the existing experience and expertise which is represented in our GHR Unit.

Modelling and Economic Evaluation of Vaccines -https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/modelling-economic-evaluation-vaccines#welcome

Vaccine Confidence Project - https://www.vaccineconfidence.org/

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

NIHR EPIC conducts applied vaccine research that will help decision makers in China support and strengthen the vaccination programme that ensures reliable, affordable, equitable and uninterrupted supply of vaccines to the Chinese population. Our work spans three Themes:

  • collecting and analysing data about health and economic consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases in China,
  • understanding vaccine supply, demand and decision making among the public, manufacturers and key stakeholders, and
  • using findings from themes (i) and (ii) in mathematical models to project the health and economic impact that vaccine introduction could have, particularly among the groups with the worst health.

We focus our research on vaccines that are of most interest to decision makers but are not currently centrally funded.

Partner organisations

The Evidence to Policy pathway to Immunisation in China (EPIC) is a Global Health Research Group that brings four British and Chinese public health and academic partners:

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Public Health England
  • Fudan University, Shanghai, China,
  • Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunisation Programme, Beijing.

EPIC’s structure is inspired by the NIHR-funded Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation, in which LSHTM and PHE jointly conduct research to inform UK vaccine policy.

NIHR GHR Group on Burn Trauma, Swansea University

Webpage: http://globalburns.org/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Burn care in low resource areas
  • Implementation science in public health, especially burn care
  • Clinical training for health staff and communities in low and middle income countries.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Injury prevention
  • Implementation science
  • Burn care
  • Emergency preparedness.

Partner organisations

  • Interburns (charity), United Kingdom
  • Sagun, Nepal
  • MAP, Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • AMREF, Ethiopia;

NIHR GHR Group on African Snakebite Research, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Webpage: https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/research/institutional-funding/nihr-global-health-research-awards/nihr-global-health-research-group

NIHR GHR Group on Road Safety, University of Southampton

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NIHR GHR group on preterm birth and stillbirth at the University of Edinburgh (the DIPLOMATIC collaboration) at the University of Edinburgh

Webpage: https://www.ed.ac.uk/centre-reproductive-health/diplomatic-study

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The NIHR Global Health Research Programme on Reducing Preterm and Stillbirth (Diplomatic) at the University of Edinburgh Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Health (MRC CRH) and at the University of Malawi have particular expertise in relation to research relating to pregnancy and birth. The MRC CRH has a track record of patient and public involvement in research design, delivery and dissemination, and public engagement. See more at https://www.ed.ac.uk/centre-reproductive-health

Formative studies for Generation Malawi (a prospective cohort study of mental and physical health in families in Lilongwe and Karonga districts) incorporating:

  • participatory and qualitative investigation of community engagement;
  • consent and concepts of health/illness;
  • development and evaluation of mental health system strengthening in the study areas;
  • and adaptation and validation of measures.

Group antenatal Care: Effectiveness for Maternal Infant and HIV Prevention Outcomes and Contextual factors linked to implementation success.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Research activity includes laboratory science, clinical trials and data driven research projects relating to:

  • Preterm birth
  • Induction of labour
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiometabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Stillbirth
  • Intrapartum care
  • Postpartum
  • Medicines in Pregnancy
  • Perinatal brain injury
  • Family planning
  • Fertility.

Webpage: https://www.ed.ac.uk/centre-reproductive-health/research

Partner organisations

Our close partners at the University of Edinburgh are helping to develop innovative research into reproductive health. These include:

NIHR GHR Group on Respiratory Rehabilitation – (Global RECHARGE) at The University of Leicester

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NIHR GHR Group on PReterm bIrth prevention and manageMEnt (PRIME) at The University of Sheffield

Webpage: https://www.primeglobalhealth.co.uk/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

A research training and development fellowship in one of four ‘PRIME’ preterm birth (PTB) global research centres (Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, UK) would be tailored to the individual’s training and development needs in laboratory, implementation or social sciences research. We aim to support career development through interdisciplinary academic and clinical network building, consolidation of writing and presentation skills, and development of new research ideas.

Laboratory research techniques

  • Perinatal pathology: a unique cross-partnership placental tissue database linked to a maternal-foetal clinical outcome measures in a global cohort
  • Measurement of ‘metabolites’ in human body fluids such as vaginal secretions
  • Use of the of the ECCLIPPx TM spectroscopy device to assess the cervix
  • Social Science
  • Global health systems research to improve health services and health outcomes,
  • Mixed-methodologies, drawing on both theoretical and empirical aspects and extensive field experience in the team.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

We integrate interdisciplinary academic and clinical disciplines in order to generate new insights and address emerging GH problems in PTB: https://www.primeglobalhealth.co.uk/about/our-work.php#improve

Preventing PTB

  • Risk assessment using
  • Employing metabolite and microbiota assays of human body fluids
  • Understanding the inflammation mechanisms of PTB
  • Developing biomarkers and devices such as the ECCLIPPx TM cervical bio-impedance device for predicting PTB.

Better pregnancy health for women at risk of PTB

Assessment of role of infection:

  • International perinatal placental cohort database linked to maternal-foetal outcomes.

Improving early outcomes and care for premature babies with families

Social science qualitative enquiry: systems-level; and observation; interviews with women, caregivers and professionals to:

  • Identify sociocultural influences on PTB risk and outcomes in adolescence
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to optimisation of  ‘Delayed Cord Clamping’ and ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’
  • Develop a kit of essentials to look after a PTB baby at home.

The Health Economics of PTB management in LMICs

Partner organisations

United Kingdom

  • Academic Unit of Reproductive Medicine, University of Sheffield
  • The Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield
  • School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.

South Africa:

  • University of Cape Town.
  • GrooteSchuur Hospital, Cape Town
  • Mowbray Hospital, Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria
  • Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria

Bangladesh

  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.

NIHR GHR Group on estimating the prevalence, quality of life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow

Webpage: https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/17/63/35

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The team for our Group - the NIHR Global Health Research Group on estimating the prevalence, quality and life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow - brings together people and organisations with diverse expertise. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Health economics
  • One Health
  • Social sciences and public health
  • Health intervention development
  • Non-communicable disease epidemiology
  • Clinical research
  • Immunity, inflammation and rheumatology.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Many counties in Africa are currently facing a preventable health crisis caused by the rapid rise in people developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The burden of NCDs are increasingly recognised and musculoskeletal disorders are ranked the second most common cause of disability globally but little attention has been paid to arthritis in the global context. The goals of our project are to measure the health and economic burden of arthritis in northern Tanzania, paving the way for better patient management. Our longer term vision is to build enhanced social science research capacity in Tanzania.

Partner organisations

  • University of Glasgow departments: Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA); Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW), Institute of Immunology, Infection and Inflammation (III), Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (BAHCM), School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute & Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania
  • University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.

NIHR GHR Group on improving asthma outcomes in African children at Queen Mary University of London

Webpage: https://www.acacia-asthma.org/

NIHR GHR Group on Sepsis at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Webpage: www.lstmed.ac.uk/arcs

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Strong connections with overseas sites in Malawi, Uganda and Gabon.
  • Integrated work in sepsis and critical care more generally, including work on sepsis incidence, measuring quality of care and long term outcomes.
  • Social science component is prominent, as is work on the efficacy of ultrasound in diagnosis and monitoring.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Ultrasound in critical and acute medical care - accuracy and utility
  • Patient centred care - measuring and improving quality
  • Outcomes and predictors in patients with severe infection in Africa
  • Multinational sepsis incidence survey.

Partner organisations

  • Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Walimu, Kampala, Uganda
  • CERMEL, Lambarene, Gabon
  • Worldwide Radiology, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

NIHR GHR Group on a package of care for the mental health of survivors of violence in South Asia at University College London

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

Our multidisciplinary group will develop an intervention package to improve the mental health of survivors of violence against women, modern slavery, and civil conflict in India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. These gendered forms of violence triple the risks of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thinking. Addressing these conditions in resource-constrained settings requires combined mental health, social, and institutional responses.

Our group includes a mixture of senior academics and early career researchers in universities and non-governmental organisations. We have range of methodological expertise including: intervention development, pragmatic trials, epidemiology, systematic reviews, realist reviews, engagement and ethics.

Research themes including cross-cutting theme

  • Mental health
  • Violence: self-directed, intimate partner and domestic violence, interpersonal violence, conflict, modern slavery.

Partner organisations

  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka;
  • Sangath, Goa, India;
  • Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, Mumbai, India;
  • Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan.

United Kingdom

  • Nottingham University
  • King’s College London
  • St George’s, University of London
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Institute for Global Health, University College London.

NIHR GHR Group on Asthma Attacks Causes and Prevention Study in Urban Latin America at St George's, University of London

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NIHR GHR Group on stroke at King's College London

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NIHR GHR Group on Addressing Smokeless Tobacco and building Research capacity in south Asia (ASTRA) at the University of York

Webpage: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/public-health/projects/astra/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

In the fields of smoking cessation, smokeless tobacco and smokeless tobacco cessation, ASTRA’s members offer expertise in study design and methods (including policy analysis), evidence syntheses (incl. systematic reviews), epidemiology and statistics, health economics, and trials and intervention studies.

Other capacities within ASTRA include writing of academic and non-academic outputs, developing successful research proposals and offering guidance in effective governance and effective research leadership.
ASTRA members also have capacity in improving evidence-informed policy and practice and advocating to decision-makers about policy-related research (through stakeholder workshops, for example).

Expertise in the above is available in the UK, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Tobacco control, smokeless tobacco, smokeless tobacco cessation, policy research, lung health (member of Global Health Respiratory Network), links with RESPIRE (University of Edinburgh) https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/respire

Partner organisations

  • Department of Clinical Sciences, Brunel University, London, UK
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College, London, UK
  • Warwick Medical School - Health Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • ARK Foundation, Bangladesh
  • National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, India
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, India
  • Aga Khan Medical University, Pakistan
  • Khyber Medical University, Pakistan
  • HRIDAY, India.

NIHR GHR Group on the Application of Genomics and Modelling to the Control of Virus Pathogens (GeMVi) in East Africa at the University of Warwick

Webpage: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/zeeman_institute/zeeman_research/epidemiology/humans/gemvi/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

GeMVi is a collaboration between the University of Warwick (Zeeman Institute) and East African partners (KWTRP, Kenya, KCRI Tanzania and UVRI/Makerere University.

The Zeeman Institute is a world-class centre for the mathematics of biological systems (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/zeeman_institute/). Research spans theoretic to practical policy advice.  Relevant to GeMVi, The Zeeman has a strong focus on understanding and predicting the spread and control of many infectious diseases (for example, influenza, RSV, FMDV), bringing together the latest methodology with biological understanding to generate novel insights. There are 3 GeMVi-funded Postdoctoral researchers  at the Zeeman, tasked with supporting the modelling Research Fellows from East Africa, developing a training programme in infectious disease dynamics and control appropriate for mathematics faculty in the Region, and undertaking specific fundamental research work, for example, utilising the potential of virus genomic data to improve predictive mechanistic models of medically important respiratory viruses, and modelling transmission dynamics using contact network from Kenya.

The East African partners have specific expertise in virus genomics using Illumina MiSeq and ONT MinION NGS platforms, with high-level competences in developing bioinformatics pipelines and phylogenetic analyses. Notable achievements are first in sub-Saharan Africa whole genomes of RSV, human metapneumovirus, influenza A and B, and dengue virus. There are strong collaborations with world-renowned virus sequencing and bioinformatics groups such as the Centre for Virus Reseach, in Glasgow UK.  GeMVi supports research staff at the KWTRP (PDRA, and graduate officers) who undertake development work for new sequencing protocols (eg influenza, measles) aiming to implement to public health laboratories, undertaking training workshops, and support the sequencing and bioinformatic Research Fellows (https://kemri-wellcome.org/gemvi/).  

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Use of genomic data for predictive modeling of viral transmission
  • Provision of scientific policy advice, particularly on vaccination cost-effectiveness.

Partner organisations

  • University of Warwick (Zeeman Institute), Warwick, UK
  • KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya
  • Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Moshi, Tanzania
  • UVRI/Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

NIHR GHR Group on genomic surveillance of malaria in West Africa at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

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NIHR GHR Group on Improving the Management of Acute Brain Infections at University of Liverpool

Webpage: https://braininfectionsglobal.tghn.org/

NIHR GHR Group on Atrial Fibrillation management at the University of Birmingham

Webpage: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/applied-health/research/Global-AF-Reach/index.aspx

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

1. Health Informatics Theme, University of Birmingham

NIHR UOB IAHR have particular expertise in relation to epidemiology and the use of routinely collected health care data, in particular UK primary care and secondary care data. Our innovation of DExtER, a tool for automated clinical epidemiology studies can expedite research and obtain analysable data from research ready data within hours as opposed to weeks, as would be otherwise.

This unique strength will enable scholars travelling from abroad to gain skills within a short time period. Research activity includes projects relating to improving our understanding of methods applied to big data epidemiology in the following themes:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology.

For more information, please contact Dr Krishnarajah Nirantharakuma (k.nirantharan@bham.ac.uk), Dr Nicola Adderley (n.j.adderley@bham.ac.uk) or Dr Joht Singh Chandan (JSC640@student.bham.ac.uk)

2. Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS)

LCCS has major expertise in relation to cardiovascular disease research, spanning epidemiology to pathophysiology and translational science, as well as clinical trials, public health and clinical informatics.

Research activity includes projects relating to the management of atrial fibrillation, hypertension, heart failure, thrombosis and antithrombotic therapy. Patient pathways and patient-centred approaches are key research strengths, bridging primary and secondary care.

Our researchers have access to world-class facilities based at the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, and the Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital.  The latter is the largest specialty hospital in the country, with major clinical excellence by being rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.  LHCH aspires for academic excellence, hosting the clinical base of the LCCS, thus providing the opportunity for high quality cardiovascular research in newly refurbished facilities.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

Liverpool provides major expertise in the following research themes:

  • Epidemiology, clinical informatics, healthcare policy modelling and big data
  • Basic science, translational, applied physiology and sports sciences.

This cross-cutting theme allows us to ask ‘bench to bedside’ and ‘bedside to bench’ research questions and initiate collaborations, allowing translational aspects of cardiovascular medicine to be fully realised. In addition, we have strengths in precision and personalised medicine, with insights from proteomics and genomics, as well as biomarker discovery.

  • Treatments, patient centred approaches and cardiovascular nursing
  • This theme would investigate approaches to personalised treatments and patient pathways bridging primary and secondary care. Our focus is on patient-centred research, with qualitative approaches, as well as understanding patient values and preferences
  • Applied health research – prevention, primary care, public health, health economics and global health
  • We have focused on cardiovascular prevention and ‘upstream’ risks that may have impact on incident cardiovascular diseases.

Partner organisations
Health Informatics Theme is part of 'health data research’ UK, and is actively involved in steering projects in the themes listed above within HDR UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk).

The Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (liverpool.ac.uk/lccs) has been formed as a strategic research collaboration among Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Health Partners, and the University of Liverpool.

NIHR GHR Group on Atrial Fibrillation management at the University of Birmingham

Webpage: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/applied-health/research/Global-AF-Reach/index.aspx

NIHR GHR Group on health system responses to violence against women at University of Bristol

Webpage: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/hera

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

HERA is a global research group interested in improving the healthcare response to violence against women (VAW) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through our research, we engage survivors of VAW, healthcare professionals and key stakeholders in order to better understand how healthcare systems in LMICs can respond to VAW. We develop, integrate and evaluate interventions in healthcare systems and aim to drive change at the policy level.

We are a strong multidisciplinary team and take a partnership approach to working as a global health research group, sharing learning and expertise between all country teams. Our group is based in the UK, Brazil, Nepal, Palestine and Sri Lanka.

We have methodological expertise in:

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed-methods evaluation
  • Theory of change and implementation theory
  • Developing and evaluating complex interventions
  • Stakeholder engagement and intervention development
  • Safety and ethical issues when conducting research on violence against women
  • Ethnography.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Violence against women
  • Safety and ethical issues when conducting research on violence against women
  • Feminist theory
  • Healthcare systems: evaluating readiness for change
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Clinician behaviour change.

See more at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/hera/, or on Twitter: @HERA_VAW

Partner organisations

  • Bristol University (Bristol Medical School), Bristol, UK
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Department of Global Health & Development), London, UK
  • University of Sao Paulo (Faculty of Medicine), Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • An-Najah National University (Department of Public Health), Nablus, Palestine
  • Kathmandu University (School of Medical Sciences), Kathmandu, Nepal
  • University of Peradeniya (Faculty of Medicine), Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

NIHR GHR Group: Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia at the University of York

Webpage: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/mental-health/projects/impact/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

  • Intervention development and evaluation
  • Surveys
  • Co-morbidity
  • Mental health
  • Health policy and systems research
  • Capacity building.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Mental and physical co-morbidity

Partner organisations

  • University of York, UK (lead organisation)
  • ARK Foundation, Advancement through research and knowledge, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Icddr,b, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • NIMHANS, National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan 
  • London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
  • University of Southampton, UK
  • University of Dundee, UK
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • King’s College London, UK
  • World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland.

NIHR GHR Group on improving outcomes in sub-Saharan African diabetes through better diagnosis and treatment at the University of Exeter

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NIHR GHR Group on From surviving to thriving: Assessing and responding to occupational and public health risks in informal settlements and for informal workers and the effects of climate change on these risks: Building learning from India and Zimbabwe at the IIED

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NIHR GHR Group on leveraging improved nutrition preconception, during pregnancy and postpartum in SubSaharan Africa through novel intervention models, Southampton 1000 DaysPlus Global Nutrition, at the University of Southampton

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NIHR GHR Group on Clean Energy Access for the prevention of Non-communicable disease in Africa through clean Air: CLEAN-AIR(Africa) at the University of Liverpool

Webpage: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/departments/public-health-and-policy/research-themes/energy-air-pollution-health/research/nihr-clean-air-africa/

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

CCA has particular expertise in Health Sector capacity building through raising population awareness of household air pollution as a possible public health issue, health system strengthening through training of health practitioners of the relationship between household air pollution and non-communicable diseases and in-country research capacity building in through training, measurement/monitoring of household air pollution.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Household air pollution interventions
  • Scaling-up of interventions
  • Health system capacity building.

Partner organisations

  • University of Liverpool, Department of Public Health and Policy, Liverpool, UK
  • University of Ghana, School of Public Health, Ghana.

RIGHT Programme

Empowering people with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: Intervention Programme to improve patient journey and reduce Stigma via community Education (ECLIPSE)

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Improving experiences of severe stigmatising skin diseases in Ghana and Ethiopia

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Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli ulcers in LMICs

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Social Sciences for Severe Stigmatising Skin Diseases (the 5-S Foundation)

Webpage: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/research/global-health-and-infection/index.aspx

Expertise and strengths for placements including those at partner organisations

The 5-S Foundation will bring social science expertise to bear on three highly neglected tropical diseases, podoconiosis, mycetoma and scabies. Social science research around NTDs is essential if key biomedical advances are to be successfully translated into elimination and control programmes, and our research will transform the health and wellbeing of people affected by these conditions by identifying interventions informed by social science perspectives at the level of the patient, the community and national and international policy.


The aims of the programme are:

  1. To examine the cultural logics and social and economic contexts of podoconiosis, mycetoma and scabies;
  2. To understand the dynamics and dimensions of stigma;
  3. To investigate how all three diseases have been conceptualized at national and international policy levels;
  4. To evaluate existing interventions using social science perspectives;
  5. To refine the conceptual framework developed to guide the Foundation’s research;
  6. To develop a comprehensive intervention strategy for each disease;
  7. To support endemic-country training posts (PhD and postdoctoral) in a manner that will leave enduring capacity for social science research;
  8. To facilitate South-South and North-South sharing of best practice in research and advocacy applicable to a wide range of stigmatising conditions in low-resource settings.

Research themes including cross-cutting themes

  • Medical anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Health economics.

Partner organisations

  • Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Khartoum Sudan (https://www.mycetoma.edu.sd)Department of Sociology, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.

REDRESS: Reducing the Burden of Severe Stigmatising Skin Diseases through equitable person-centred approaches to health systems strengthening

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Prevention of Epilepsy by reducing Neonatal Encephalopathy (PREVENT)

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Epilepsy Pathway Innovation in Africa (EPInA)

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Evaluation and Transfer of mobile whole slide tissue scanners and liquid biopsies to deliver fast and precise diagnosis for improved outcomes of children and young adults with EBV-driven lymphoma: a joint Tanzanian and Ugandan Paediatric Oncology Network Initiative

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