Two researchers working in a Lancaster University lab

Our Research

The Faculty's strategic aim is to produce excellent research that is both interdisciplinary and translational, having practical applications for human and societal benefit.

Research within the Faculty is organised around five main themes. The work within each of these themes

  • addresses issues of national or international importance in health and biomedicine
  • reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our research portfolio
  • delivers research excellence

Translating our research into impact in the real world has always been a priority in the faculty. Our research has had important benefits to people in the wider community; regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Faculty has important partnerships with other parts of the University that carry out health-related research. We also enjoy close collaborations and strong links with NHS and social care partners, health-related industries and the voluntary sector.

Through the National Institute for Health Research, we offer a free Research Design Service for NHS staff in the North West region to develop the statistical content of research applications. We work closely with colleagues in the NHS and other health agencies locally, nationally and internationally. We encourage proposals for collaborative work and our Lancaster Health Hub works strategically to increase collaborative research and knowledge exchange between Lancaster University, Industry, NHS partners and Social Care across Lancashire and Cumbria.

  • Ageing

    Led by the Centre for Ageing Research and the International Observatory on End of Life Care.

  • Health information, computation and statistics

    Statistical design and analysis contribute to, and inform, many areas of our health-related research.

  • Infectious disease transmission and biology

    Our interests include microbiology and parasitology, ranging from vector-borne diseases to environmental pathogens.

  • Mental health

    Our interests include bipolar disorder and related conditions, chronic neurological conditions that cause disability and ill-health and addictive behaviours.

  • Social and economic inequality in health

    Illuminating the social determinants of inequalities in health, and producing and exchanging evidence to reduce these inequalities.

Research Centres

Our Research Centres work to produce innovative research with practical applications for human and societal benefit.

Research by Division

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences

    Investigating the basic cellular and physiological mechanisms underpinning diseases, to expand knowledge of the processes and to find effective solutions.

  • Division of Health Research

    Interdisciplinary and translational research into ageing and end of life care, mental health and well-being, and public health and health equity.

  • Lancaster Medical School

    We have a wide range of research interests including epidemiology and medical education, as well as social science and biomedical science subjects applied to medicine.