Interdisciplinary Hub for the Study of Health and Age-related conditions (IhSHA)

The purpose of the Hub is to bring together established researchers, early career researchers, post-doctoral fellows and research students (PhD and Masters) from specific research areas in life and health sciences to work in conjunction with other individuals and groups within the faculty and utilise the various areas of expertise available. The research areas within the Hub are manifest in the themes that have emerged from existing research strengths and collaborations;

Diabetes and Cardiovascular PathologiesDr Natasha Hill
Cancer Research GroupProf Helmout Modjtahedi
Vision, Cognition and NeuroscienceProf Barbara Pierscionek
Drug Discovery, Delivery and Patient CareProf Raid Alany
Infection and ImmunityProf Mark Fielder or
Prof Tony Walker
Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research GroupDr Hannah Moir or
Dr Elizabeth Opara
Technologies for Active and Assisted LivingDr Francisco Florez Revuelta


The main objective of this Hub is to support the universities Led by Learning initiative.

    Other objectives include;
  1. To promote and expand interdisciplinary research within Life and Health Sciences in order to form key sustainable research strengths in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing;
  2. To expand links between the themes and with other Research Centres in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing as well as with other Faculties and Institutions in order to increase funding potential and academic outputs;
  3. To develop new and strengthen existing national and international collaborations with industrial partners in order to identify impact driven research and enterprise activities in order to widen the depth and scope of impacts;
  4. To support early career researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in career development by actively helping with outputs, grant applications and involvement in collaborative research programs.

Public Engagement, Enterprise and Outreach Activities

The Hub has a dedicated ambassador for public engagement, Dr Jan Lauritzen, who is responsible for co-ordinating Café Scientifique in Kingston, and actively seeking newsworthy research stories that can be promoted to the public. Dr Lauritzen has close links with the Enterprise and Marketing staff as well as the press office.


The Hub holds a regular series with invited speakers of international renown selected from the five themes represented in the Hub

Society of Endocrinology project prizes for two DCRG students


The Society of Endocrinology project prize was awarded jointly this year to Salma Mujib and Katie …

Review article published by DCRG researchers


Katrina Viloria and Natasha Hill recently published a review article in the journal ‘Biomolecular Concepts’ entitled …

DCRG student success at the 2016 IhSHA conference


The IhSHA student conference was a big success again this year, including an excellent programme of …

CBC talk “CNS drug discovery targeting Alzheimer’s disease” Professor Rashid Deane, University of Rochester, USA

Date:              Wednesday 15/06/2016 Time:             12-1 …

Research Student Award


Congratulations to Johanna Laibe, an MSc by Research student (in Computer Science and Mathematics) supervised by …

Congratulations to Margarida Ressurreicao


Margarida Ressurreicao (now working at University of Sheffield) has just had some of her PhD research …

Congratulations to Natasha Hirst

Natasha has just had findings from her MSc by Research published in the International Journal for …

Intracellular cholesterol trafficking proteins in health and disease – 9 December

  IhSHA SEMINAR Date:                     9th December 2015      Time:                    4.00-5.00pm, followed by drinks reception Venue:                 Doctoral School …