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Our health specialisms

We are growing our research expertise in various aspects of health and wellbeing.  The breadth of expertise within the Division of Health Research is delivered through complementary science disciplines, specialist centres and a dedicated clinical trials facility. Each group undertakes discrete research projects, as well as collaborative initiatives, that bring together specific skills and facilities to deliver holistic outcomes in health research.

Our Health researchers have been submitted to the latest assessment of research excellence in Higher Education (REF2014), as part of a joint submission with The Robert Gordon University, on account of a strong collaboration between the two institutions and an integrated strategy to tackle health issues relating to the north of Scotland - see RGU/UHI joint health research alliance. Further information on this initiative describing the links and integration between RGU and UHI is currently being re-developed but we will link to it as soon as work is completed.  Results of the REF2014 exercise are available here.

The Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science

The Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, is conducting extensive research, primarily into the causes and consequences of diabetes, but also into a wide range of clinical conditions; most notably cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. Led by Professor Ian Megson, the mission of the department is to undertake world class research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and the cardiovascular diseases that the condition precipitates. The department also undertakes a range of contract research to support commercial entities of any size.

The department is also home to the Free Radical Research Facility, and has research expertise in genetics and immunology, and lipidomics.

Rural Health and Wellbeing

The University of the Highlands and Islands Rural Health and Wellbeing Network has particular research interests in Digital Health and User engagement in rural health services design and delivery. The Rural Health and Wellbeing research group carries out innovative research and evaluation in the area of rural health, health services and community wellbeing. Based within the UHI Division of Health Research, the group collaborates with other UHI researchers in, Inverness, Moray and Lews Castle Colleges as well as being a member of the Digital Health Institute and RGU-UHI collaboration.

We aim to contribute to the knowledge base on preventing ill-health and promoting wellbeing. Our research not only enhances understanding of patterns and experiences of health, illness and their underlying drivers, but also contributes to the development of health services policy and delivery that functions in as effective and appropriate ways as possible for staff, patients and families.

The diagram below illustrates the inter-dependency of these research disciplines:


Download our brochures that detail the full health offering:

Health Research brochure (2.69Mb pdf)

Suite of 14 health research case studies and collaborations (4.35Mb pdf)


You can also visit the Centre for Health Science website for more information on the Centre's activities.