Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research

Transformation in life course, ageing, methodologies, eHealth, technology and interventions in health, social care, lifestyle and wellbeing

From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) is a thriving community that conducts adventurous world-leading research with the explicit purpose of improving the health and care of the populations we serve. At the heart of PIHR’s mission is a desire to solve the problems that really matter to people.

Our work is grounded in the needs of the people of the South West and other rural, coastal, and deprived communities worldwide but PIHR’s research has national and international reach and impact. We deliver this by being, an interdisciplinary, inclusive enterprise with a real commitment to working across boundaries. PIHR builds and supports health and care research across all faculties of the University of Plymouth and its Science Park. It enables collaborative research across the university with our partners in health and social care systems, civil society, and industry, nationally and internationally. Our research and development integrates basic and applied science; it transcends barriers between professions and between health and social care. Our research is inextricably linked to our educative mission and each informs and enhances the other.

Research in PIHR is developed and conducted by a vibrant network of interconnected research groups and centres each with their own expertise and focus. The role of PIHR is to add value by enabling and accelerating research, supporting new and productive collaborations, and multiplying the quality and the impact of our work and impact. It does so by means of a responsive and dynamic system that avoids the limitations of siloed and divisive organisational structures. PIHR is a supportive matrix with three interconnecting research clusters: PIHR Discovery, PIHR Translation, and PIHR Community. These are supported by crosscutting collaborative nodes: health technology, methodology including health measurement, and ‘blue health’ which links with the marine and maritime strengths of the university and the south west. 

PIHR research clusters

PIHR is a supportive matrix with three interconnecting research clusters: Discovery, Translation, and Community.

Discovery
Immunology, infection, cancer, experimental psychology, and neuroscience

Translation
Facilitating rapid translation of scientific discoveries into interventions to improve wellbeing

Community
Innovation and client-focused applied health and social care research

Postgraduate research opportunities

The University of Plymouth offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across all areas of health research.

The Doctoral College is the hub for all research degree processes – from enquiries and application processes to the award of degrees.

Find out more about the areas in which we supervise postgraduate research at both doctoral and masters levels. Here we offer a flavour of potential topics for your own research project and who to contact to discuss your options.

Latest publications

  • EVANS J 1976 'CRITICAL NOTE ON QUINTON AND FELLOWS OBSERVATION OF REASONING STRATEGIES' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 67, (NOV) 517-518 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J & WASON PC 1976 'RATIONALIZATION IN A REASONING TASK' BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 67, (NOV) 479-486 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J & DUSOIR AE 1976 'REPRESENTATIVENESS AS A HEURISTIC IN SUBJECTIVE-PROBABILITY JUDGEMENTS - FACT OR ARTIFACT' BRITISH JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL & STATISTICAL PSYCHOLOGY 29, (NOV) 271-271 Author Site
  • EVANS J 1976 'TEACHING STATISTICS - SOME THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS' BULLETIN OF THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY 29, (JUN) 172-174 Author Site
  • Harris JE & Hunt S 1975 'The fine structure of the epidermis of two species of salmonid fish, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) and the brown trout (Salmo trutta L.)' Cell and Tissue Research 163, (4) , DOI
  • Harris JE & Hunt S 1975 'The fine structure of the epidermis of two species of salmonid fish, the atlantic salmon (Salmo solar L.) and the brown trout (Salmo trutta L.)' Cell and Tissue Research 157, (4) , DOI
  • WASON PC & EVANS J 1975 'DUAL PROCESSES IN REASONING' COGNITION 3, (2) 141-154 Author Site , DOI
  • EVANS J 1975 'INTERPRETING REASONING DATA - REPLY TO VANDUYNE' COGNITION 3, (4) 387-390 Author Site , DOI
  • Harris JE 1974 'Electrophoretic patterns of blood serum proteins of the cyprinid fish, Leuciscus leuciscus (L.)' Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Comparative Biochemistry 48, (3) 389-399 , DOI
  • Hyland M & Bridgstock M 1974 'Reductionism: Comments on Some Recent Work' Philosophy of the Social Sciences 4, (2-3) 197-200 , DOI
  • EVANS JSBT & LYNCH JS 1973 'MATCHING BIAS IN THE SELECTION TASK' British Journal of Psychology 64, (3) 391-397 , DOI
  • Harris JE 1973 'The apparent inability of cyprinid fish to produce skin-sensitizing antibody' Journal of Fish Biology 5, (4) 535-540 , DOI
  • Harris JE, Watson A & Hunt S 1973 'Histochemical analysis of mucous cells in the epidermis of brown trout Salmo trutta L' Journal of Fish Biology 5, (3) 345-351 , DOI
  • Harris JE 1973 'The immune responses of dace Leuciscus leuciscm (L.) to injected antigenic materials' Journal of Fish Biology 5, (2) 261-276 , DOI
  • HARRIS J & HUNT S 1973 'Epithelial Mucins of the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar L.)' Biochemical Society Transactions 1, (1) 153-155 , DOI
  • Harris JE & Hunt S 1973 'The fine structure of iridophores in the skin of the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar L.)' Tissue and Cell 5, (3) 479-488 , DOI
  • Harris JE 1972 'The immune response of a Cyprinid fish to infections of the acanthocephalan Pomphorhynchus laevis' International Journal for Parasitology 2, (4) 459-469 , DOI
  • EVANS JSBT 1972 'REASONING WITH NEGATIVES' British Journal of Psychology 63, (2) 213-219 , DOI
  • Evans JSBT 1972 'On the problems of interpreting reasoning data: Logical and psychological approaches' Cognition 1, (4) 373-384 , DOI
  • 1893 'Ireland' BMJ 1, (1686) 864-864 , DOI
 

Cutting edge facilities

The Derriford Research Facility (DRF)

From brain tumours to vaccines, tissue regeneration to hepatitis, antibiotic resistance to innovative cancer drugs, research at the DRF focuses on the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, interventions and approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat devastating diseases, enhance patient outcomes and improve global healthcare.

This landmark investment by the University in to its biomedical and clinical research infrastructure, provides state-of-the-art laboratories and a rich, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment for University researchers, clinical colleagues and our partners. 

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Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

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