About us

About us

Mission: The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health exists to undertake the highest quality research in the fields of environment and health, in order to inform health policy and the understanding of key issues affecting society. The Centre will achieve this by bringing together the best researchers from all areas of public health, encouraging novel cross-disciplinary approaches, and providing the highest quality training to new and existing researchers in these fields. The Centre is based upon the principles of openness, transparency, and integrity in all of its work, with the primary goal of improving national and international public health.

  • The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health was formed in June 2009 as a partnership between Imperial College (lead institution) and King’s College London, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England, PHE). The Centre incorporates the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at  Imperial College, the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s College London, in addition to bringing  together  leading  researchers  from  four (of six) departments of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, and researchers at King’s College, St George’s University of London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since that time, the Centre has grown to become an integrated research collective, with more than fifty research groups and approximately three hundred associated research staff and students.
  • 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 explore 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 work 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 and responsive as possible.

 

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