Research Groups

NIHR ARC - East Midlands

NIHR ARC East Midlands will address the most important health and care challenges for communities across our region and nationally, into the six main areas: 

Building Community Resilience and Enabling Independence


Ethnicity and Health Inequalities

Managing Multimorbidity​

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Translating and Implementing Sustainable Service Improvement

We will also have a remit to lead nationally on research into Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and Multimorbidity, thanks to our expertise in these areas

Biomedical Research Centre

The Centre is at the frontier of research into illnesses linked to respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the consequences of inactivity. The Centres overall purpose is to translate scientific breakthroughs in these areas into diagnostic tests, preventions and life-saving treatments for our patients.

Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health

The Centre for BME Health aims to reduce health inequalities locally and nationally by working with patients, the public, community and voluntary sectors, researchers, and health & social organisations. The Centre has a number of community-based research staff who engage with seldom heard communities and inspire community-led research.

Real World Evidence Unit

With an aim to harness the power of real world data and deliver robust studies in a number of research areas, including, but not limited to:

1. Effectiveness and safety of different drugs, in different patient groups, in particular different ethnic groups

2. Phenotype, trajectories, trends, outcomes, complications and prognosis for different diseases

3. Development and validation of prediction models for health outcomes

4. Costs and cost-effectiveness of different preventive and management interventions

The unit is currently working on a number of projects, including ERICAS (Evidence Review on Cardiometabolic Observational Studies), Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), Pragmatic Trials, Systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and Health Economic Modelling.

Social Sciences Applied to Health Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE)

Led by Dr Carolyn Tarrant SAPPHIRE’s internationally recognised work uses qualitative methods and theoretical insights from a range of social science disciplines to develop novel and actionable insights to support the practice of healthcare improvement. Particularly renowned for its use of ethnographic methods, SAPPHIRE’s work covers diverse clinical contexts across primary, community, secondary and tertiary care. SAPPHIRE’s distinctive and innovative application of social science theory and methods to practical problems of healthcare quality have led to new insights for professional and policy audiences, and have resulted in high quality academic outputs in world-leading journals and conferences.


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