Population Health Sciences (PHS) research in the University of Dundee is one of the five major research divisions in its School of Medicine. We have strong links to the other four research divisions as well as the other two schools in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. The links are most evident in the case of the Dental Health Services Research Unit since we share a building as well as research interests and staff with that group. Our strong current link with the School of Nursing is through the inter-institutional Social Dimensions of Health Institute though others are developing, particularly in Cancer and Behavioural Science. Beyond our own college we are developing links to the College of Life Sciences in Health Informatics with the development of a Safe Haven for data and drug safety studies. We have longstanding fruitful collaborations with the School of Computing and more recent work with economists in the School of Business in the College of Art, Science & Engineering
The increasing success of both groups with large UK (MRC,NIHR) and EU (FP7 and IMI) projects and programmes of research testify to our increasing international competitiveness and attractiveness to co-applicants. Recent links to the International Prevention Research Initiative (IPRI based in Lyon) are particularly significant here. The list of publications, papers provided and the case histories detail the impact of the programmes of research.
In parallel with our original research we provide services to the research community as part of the Tayside medical Science Centre (TASC) in the form of the Health Informatics Centre (HIC), the Dundee Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit. Other services we provide are the academic infrastructure for the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme and the Scottish School of Primary Care (SSPC) including its Primary Care Research Network (SPCRN). Our group currently lead the seven Scottish Universities in SSPC undertaking primary care research in Scotland.