Cross-cutting Areas of Research

Mathematical & Computational Methods

Mathematical modeling and simulation are fast becoming an essential component of any scientific project. Statistics will be used to underpin the scientific validity of research with cutting-edge, robust statistical methodologies. This will leverage the consortium’s expertise in health informatics, mathematical modeling and statistics.

Environmental health informatics is an interdisciplinary field which deals with the storage, retrieval, organization, analysis and optimal use of environmental health information, data and scientific knowledge for problem solving and decision making. Such enabling technology supports many aspects of population health e.g. the National Cancer Registry needs to be coordinated with other data sources. 

Technology Development & Commercialisation

Assistive Technologies and eHealth

Disability is a significant environmental health issue since disabled people face challenges arising from exclusionary designs in our environment. This activity aims to apply Universal Design through Low-Cost Modifications to interactions between people, technology and environments. Research will focus on using low-cost sensors and strategies to develop specific technological solutions/interventions to address factors that challenge disabled and elderly people in their living environment.


Healthcare Technology encompasses a wide range of healthcare products, used in clinical measurements for diagnosis, assessment, monitoring and treatment of disease. This research activity leverages basic and applied research expertise in Optometry, Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging and Bio-spectroscopy to develop Healthcare Technologies which are central to the establishment of clinical measurement platforms for diagnosis (and treatment) of environmental health related diseases.

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Hygiene and Infection Control

The emphasis on hygiene and infection control within the healthcare sector is increasingly important in light of media publicity on bacterial resistance. Bacteria such as MRSA are significant environmental health risks to patients. There is an urgent need for a technological strategy that will improve hygiene standards. 


Worldwide greater efforts are needed in relation to environmental protection, while also understanding and quantifying the role of the different factors and their interactions. In addition to monitoring and control of the natural environment, this area proposes to use optical sensors in a much broader context to monitor the physical factors that influence living environments and facilitate the assessment of their impact on population health.

Teaching and Learning

EHSI‘s focused research programme enhances teaching and learning through undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing professional development (CPD) and outreach activities. Hence it links education and up-skilling provision directly to practitioner requirements responding to regulatory changes using evidence based best practices.


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