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Celebrating five years of health protection research

30 April, 2019

In April 2014, 13 Health Protection Research Units (HPRUs) were established as partnerships between Public Health England (PHE) and eight UK universities, with funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The NIHR HPRUs provide evidence in key priority areas to support PHE’s remit to protect the public’s health, and contribute to realising the vision of the NIHR to improve and protect the health of the nation.

The HPRUs are helping to create an environment that encourages world class, multidisciplinary health protection research to thrive in England. This includes providing high-quality research to inform decision making by public health professionals, and translating these advances into benefits for patients and the public.

The NIHR has produced a report that provides details of the health protection issues and challenges addressed by the clinicians and scientists working within NIHR HPRUs. The methods used are set out here, alongside the evidence provided and its contribution to useful solutions.