Health and Wellbeing

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Producing purposeful knowledge with real-world impact drives the University of Lincoln’s research in health and wellbeing. Working with partners around the world, our academics are developing new insights and solutions to a wide range of health-related challenges, including rural health and care, healthy ageing, and pre-hospital care.

Lincoln experts lead multi-disciplinary studies in areas as diverse as planetary health and anti-microbial resistance; proton therapy, diagnostics, and biomedical engineering; improving health service efficiency; diabetes; the health benefits of companion animals; and the role of the arts, culture, and heritage in promoting individual and community wellbeing.

Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health

The Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) conducts interdisciplinary research to address the most important health issues facing rural communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The institute aims to 'shine a light' on the unacceptable health inequities that exist across the rural-urban divide and to find innovative ways of reducing or ideally eliminating that inequality.

The institute brings together world-leading specialists, conducting research across a range of rural health related concerns, ranging from infectious disease epidemiology, HIV, oral health, and emergent response analysis through to sustainable remote health care delivery solutions, meta-governance approaches, and m-health technological innovation.

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Crowded houses and rooftops in a small city

City Expansion Creating Sites for Disease

Findings from an interdisciplinary research project has indicated that urban expansion is creating the conditions for infectious diseases to emerge and spread around the world.

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Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU)

CaHRU’s mission is to increase people’s health and wellbeing by improving the quality, performance, and systems of care across the health, social, and third sector care services through our world-leading interdisciplinary research with service users and health service professionals and organisations.

We work closely with our Healthier Ageing Patient and Public Involvement (HAPPI) group which provides invaluable patient input into the development of new studies and supports existing studies.

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Leading the Fight Against Diabetes

Scientists at the University of Lincoln are spearheading a number of major research projects studying the causes, development and complications of diabetes, and examining potential treatments for the condition, which currently affects more than four million people in the UK.

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Lincoln Sleep Research Centre (LiSReC)

Lincoln Sleep Research Centre's aim is to help improve sleep and the benefits of sleep in the population. Our research focuses on the links between sleep and wellbeing, understanding the biological benefits of sleep, and application of this knowledge to improve wellbeing.

The Centre benefits from a number of advanced facilities for sleep research in a dedicated sleep lab and have particular interests in the role of sleep in memory, cognition and neural reorganisation, and sleep in society, including how we treat sleep disorders.

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Improving Outcomes for Cancer Patients

A new medical imaging system designed to help oncologists and medical physicists more accurately plan proton beam therapy treatment could provide a positive beam of hope for cancer patients.

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Autism Innovation Research Centre

The Autism Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) is focused on strengthening the wider autism community through participatory action research. ARIC’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment where community knowledge and academic expertise merge to produce evidence-based innovative professional approaches and services for enriching the lives of autistic people and those who support them throughout their lifespan.

We work to develop, evaluate, and cultivate evidence-based initiatives and protocols to strengthen the connection between autistic people and those supporting them.

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At the Centre of an Epidemic

Major insights into the evolving and dynamic nature of the HIV epidemic is helping to increase life expectancies and influence public policy on drug therapies.

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Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research (L-CAS)

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control, and interaction in autonomous systems, especially mobile robots and robotic manipulators.

Areas of application include agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation, logistics, nuclear robotics, service robotics, and space robotics.

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How to Solve a Problem like Malaria

Professor Chris Thomas, Global Chair in Water and Planetary Health, is exploring new methods for predicting the population dynamics of mosquitoes which transmit malaria in Africa, including how their spread is affected by climate change.

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3D Prosthetics for Children

Dr Khaled Goher, Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Automation at the University of Lincoln, dicusses the development of a new prototype for the first 3D-printed, sensor-operated prosthetic arm designed for toddlers under two years old.

The lightweight device with soft grip fingers uses an armband fitted with sensors to detect electrical signals naturally conducted by muscles. This enables the toddler to grip and pick up objects in much the same way as they would with a natural arm.

Experts from the University's School of Engineering have created the prototype. So far, the device has been tested for grasp force and effectiveness using a range of everyday objects including toys, bottles and building blocks, but the next stage of the project is to test the prototype design on toddlers.

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A Bug's Life

Lifestyle and genetics can play a significant role in building immunity against virus and disease. A key to understanding how may lie in an unlikely source: insects.

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Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH)

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. 

The group's specialisms include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals.

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Poultry Probiotics

In an age of intensive farming, animal health and high standards of vigilance on farms is vital to human health. That's why scientists are developing new methods and technologies to monitor and enhance animal health.

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Centre for Creativity and Culture (C4CC)

The Centre for Culture and Creativity is a ‘think and do’ tank, researching and leading on cultural programmes and creativity.

It is part of the University of Lincoln’s commitment to, and investment in the civic and cultural life of the county, and the national and international conversation on creativity.

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Addressing Healthcare Inequalities Head-on

Pioneering research into community-centred health reveals how the simplest solutions can often be the most effective in the treatment of vulnerable members of society.

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Child Friendly Research Network

The interdisciplinary Child Friendly Research Network provides academics from across the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to come together to develop work around children, young people, and families.

The network explores interdisciplinary solutions to the problems affecting children and young people, and aims to establish mechanisms for young people’s participation within research which help to shape research agendas that matter to them.