MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network (PHSRN)
This network links twelve Medical Research Council research Units and Centres:
Its aims are to:
• add value to members' individual work programmes and the MRC's overall investment in the population health sciences
• encourage collaborative research on key questions in the population health sciences
• provide a forum for discussing and responding to research and policy issues relating to population health
• build research capacity in the population health sciences
It has five main themes:
• 1. The translation of population health sciences research into policy and practice
• 2. Improving research into changing behaviour
• 3. Developing and validating new and robust methods for measuring exposures
• 4. Finding ways of reducing barriers to population health sciences research
• 5. Evidence synthesis, capitalising on the methodological strengths in the Network and on the datasets available in and to the Units.
Unit work has mainly been concentrated on themes 1, 2 and 4. Research under theme 1 is relevant to the focus on knowledge translation in our Understanding and Uses of Public Health Research programme.
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