Health and Wellbeing
The challenges we face are multi-faceted and holistic, from the scientific to the managerial and ethico-legal. In Health and Wellbeing, we bring together experts from a range of disciplines to creatively address these challenges and implement solutions that shape the future of healthcare.
We have created four interlinked research hubs that combine expertise to explore healthy development, ageing and the pathologies that influence disease.
Our research delves into the dynamic interaction between our mind and body. But we're also using our findings to understand health in the wider context of communities and society.
Findings from our research already inform and influence policy, health and wellbeing promotion and healthcare management.
Find out more about Health and Wellbeing research at NTU, including impact case studies and information on groups and centres, by searching our research.
To see how our research is helping people live with, or avoid chronic diseases by promoting a healthy lifestyle visit NTU's second Health and Wellbeing day on Thursday 12 April.
Some of the challenges we are focusing on
What happens to our sensory systems as we age?
Our core area of investigation focuses on how our sensory systems change with age due to disease and the environment.
Our key research areas in ageing and vision:
- Development and ageing of the visual system
- Visual acuity
- Nanotechnologies for eye diseases
- Optical technologies and optical implants
- Computational modelling
- Sensory systems in smart environments for the visually impaired
- Big Data Science
- Visual function in driving and dynamic conditions
How can we understand the mind and wellness?
Over the course of out life, the relationship between our mind and wellbeing affects us in different ways.
Our Social Science researchers work with government departments, health and social organisations, and charities to confront the various issues individuals face and unravel this complex relationship.
Our latest research areas:
- Behavioural addictions- our International Gaming Unit is focused on improving our understanding of gambling behaviour and how it impacts our health.
- Cyber-bullying- the new technologies we use to communicate have created a host of new problems too. We want to understand the growing threat of cyber-bullying and its impact on young people's health and wellbeing.
- Sex offenders- from the use of anti-libidinal treatments to prevention strategies, we're discovering how to reduce sexual offences.
- Social inclusion- our social inclusion research explores discrimination and stigma commonly associated with homelessness. Our findings are helping create and improve social policy.
What are the best ways to improve our health services?
Working closely with the NHS, Nottingham Business School examines policy, delivery and regulation of health and social care services in the UK.
We are finding ways to significantly reduce delays in treatment and discharge of patients from hospitals. We're also helping improve the flow of patients through accident and emergency departments across the UK.
To meet the growing demands of the UK National Health Service, the Department of Health in the UK must create Sustainable Transformation Plans (STPs). Nottingham Business School is working closely with Greater Nottingham STP to develop solutions.
We're also responsible for investigating the level of public assurance and value for money in the health and social care system.
Can we improve and prolong the lives of patients with aggressive cancer?
John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
We received a research grant of £8 million from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation to help us open a cancer research facility - its doors opened in 2010 at our Clifton campus.
Since opening, we've been helping save lives by improving early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In 2013, we were given a further £7.5 million grant from the Foundation
Our researchers develop life-changing therapies for breast cancer, prostate cancer, glioblastoma, leukaemias and lymphomas, and gastrointestinal disorders.
At the forefront of their field, researchers at the Centre develop the vaccines and immunotherapies needed to increase survival rates and quality of life for cancer sufferers.
Researchers at the Centre aim to:
- Identify biomarkers to predict therapeutic response
- Develop vaccines to treat breast, prostate and aggressive brain tumours
- Advanced cell-based immune therapies
- Create antibody-based therapies for prostate cancer
- Find ways to improve anti-cancer immune responses
Key collaborators include
Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, and the BIAL Foundation.
Our funders include
Horizon 2020, Wellcome Trust, The EU, The John and Lucille van Geest Foundation, National Institute for Health Research, Zeiss International, Royal Society, Fight for Sight and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).