School of Public Health

Environmental Epidemiology and Small Area Health Statistics

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health 

The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health was established in June 2009 as a collaboration between Imperial College London and King’s College London, working closely with researchers from St George’s University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since that time, the Centre has grown to become and integrated research collective, boasting over fifty research groups and approximately three hundred associated research staff and students.

Our aim is to be an international centre of excellence for research into, and training on, the health effects of environmental pollutants. Beyond this it is also our remit to translate this knowledge to inform national and international policies in order to improve health.

The Centre forms a multi-disciplinary research cluster, covering a wide range of techniques and approaches; using advanced geographical information systems (GIS) and statistical modelling techniques, combined with experimental data, biomarker and mechanistic studies, and analyses of large population cohorts to tackle environmental health problems of key public health and scientific importance.

Training is central to the Centre’s aim of creating the next generation of multidisciplinary research scientists working in the fields of environment and health. In addition to offering various Masters level courses, the Centre directly funds a number of cross- disciplinary PhD studentships. Training and career development support is also provided to the Centre’s researchers. Initiatives that support career development are encouraged, and the Centre’s Researchers’ Society ensures that the needs of research staff are heard at all levels within the Centre.

In addition to cutting edge science, the Centre’s scientists also aim to translate this wok into relevant and useful advice for policymakers and industry. To achieve this, we work closely with our scientific peers, stakeholders in government and industry, and also with the public, and advocacy and patient groups to ensure that we are as transparent as possible.

The Director is Prof Paul Elliott.

The Deputy Director is Prof Frank Kelly.

Research groups that are contributing to the Centre include the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU)  at Imperial College London, the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, with colleagues at St George’s University of London playing an important supportive role.

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