Institute of Health Research and Innovation


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The Institute of Health Research & Innovation comprises three main divisions, along with a dedicated Healthcare Innovation Team which helps address commercialisation matters for all divisions and departments. Close links between teaching and research also ensures a fluidty of ideas and practice across the School.

We are growing our research expertise in various aspects of health and wellbeing.  The breadth of expertise within the Institute 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 and applied innovative nursing practice.

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Division of Biomedical Sciences

Division of Biomedical Sciences

The Division of Biomedical Sciences is home to the Free Radical Research Facility, and has research expertise in genetics and immunology, lipidomics and proteomics, and includes the Active Health Exercise Lab (AHXL). Together the departments undertake a range of activies related to active health and are able to support commercial work of any size.

Led by Professor Ian Megson, the mission of the division is to undertake world class research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and the cardiovascular diseases that the condition precipitates. The Division is based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, and conducts 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.

Division of Biomedical Sciences - Lipidomics and Proteomics; Active Health; Free Radical Research Facility; Genetics, Immunology

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Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Department of Nursing & Midwifery (Research and Teaching) | Applied Life Sciences Subject Network

Our Department of Nursing and Midwifery specialises in patient and public involvement in research and engagement of the public in our research from start to finish. Our work compliments the expertise available across the Institute of Health Research and Innovation.

Our Key research themes focus on:

  • Remote and rural health
  • Nursing workforce, education and pedagogy
  • Rehabilitation and physical activity
  • Quality improvement
  • Older people and dementia
  • Adolescent health
  • Palliative care
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Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing

Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing

The Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing 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. 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 an 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 university also hosts the The Scottish Rural Health Partnership (SRHP), formerly known as the Scottish School of Rural Health & Wellbeing. Please visit the dedicated webpages to learn more about this exciting project exploring new ways to deliver high quality and accessible care in rural and remote areas involving communities, research, innovation and education.


Division of Rural Health and Wellbeing - Digital health; SRHP


Healthcare Innovation Team

A dedicated Healthcare Innovation Team addresses commercialisation matters for all divisions and departments within the School, giving one point of contact no matter if you are a business, staff or a student. Innovation underpins all work in the School and our dedicated innovation team help ensure our researchers turn ideas into new businesses and commercialise novel technologies; you can contact them at

Applied Departments within the School

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery has close links with the Applied Life Studies Subject Network and sits within the overall School structure to maintain close links with both the research-based divisions and teaching practice.

Health Research Assessment Results

Our Health researchers were submitted to REF2014, as part of a joint submission with The Robert Gordon University.