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.

Immunology, infection, cancer, experimental psychology, and neuroscience

Facilitating rapid translation of scientific discoveries into interventions to improve wellbeing

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

  • Hicks JM, Silman NJ, Jackson SK, Aylott JW & Rawson FJ 2020 'Mass transport of lipopolysaccharide induced H2O2 detected by an intracellular carbon nanoelectrode sensor' Bioelectrochemistry 135, 107547-107547 , DOI
  • Craft Z, Franklin D & Gale T 2020 'How does compliance with TeamGAINS affect the quality of debriefing for undergraduate inter-professional simulation?' European Resuscitation Council Congress 1-/-0/1900 1-/-0/1900 , DOI
  • Paisi M, Baines R, Worle C, Withers L & Witton R 2020 'Evaluation of a community dental clinic providing care to people experiencing homelessness: A mixed methods approach' Health Expectations , DOI
  • Chen B, Hu R, Min Q, Li Y, Parkinson DB & Dun X-P 2020 'FGF5 Regulates Schwann Cell Migration and Adhesion' Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 14, , DOI PEARL
  • Axford N, Berry V, Lloyd J, Hobbs T & Wyatt K 2020 'Promoting learning from null or negative results in prevention science trials' Prevention Science , DOI PEARL
  • O'Kane M, Parretti HM, Pinkney J, Welbourn R, Hughes CA, Mok J, Walker N, Thomas D, Devin J & Coulman KD 2020 'British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society Guidelines on perioperative and postoperative biochemical monitoring and micronutrient replacement for patients undergoing bariatric surgery—2020 update' Obesity Reviews , DOI
  • Hyland ME 2020 'A reformulated contextual model of psychotherapy for treating anxiety and depression' Clinical Psychology Review 80, 101890-101890 , DOI
  • Turton A, Langsford M, Di Lorenzo D, Zahra D, Henshelwood J & Griffiths T 2020 'An audit of emotional logic for mental health self-care improving social connection' European Journal of Integrative Medicine 37, 101167-101167 , DOI
  • Nichols A, Trimble P & Stebbings A 2020 'The use of inter-professional education (IPE) healthcare law and ethics scenario based learning sessions amongst nursing, midwifery and law students: An evaluation' Nurse Education Today 91, 104455-104455 , DOI
  • Ward E, Berry C, Shanks D, Moller P & Czsiser E 2020 'Aging predicts decline in explicit and implicit memory: A lifespan study' Psychological Science , DOI PEARL
  • Spowart L & Turner R 2020 'The alien world of reflective practice: A non-fictional ‘tale’ of academics’ experiences of applying for Senior Fellowship' Innovations in Education and Teaching International 1-10 , DOI PEARL
  • Tiryaki Ö, Zengin H, Çinar N, Umaroglu M & Latour J 2020 'Turkish adaptation and validation of the EMpowerment of PArents in THe Intensive Care (EMPATHIC-30) questionnaire to measure parent satisfaction in Neonatal Intensive Care Units' Frontiers in Pediatrics , DOI PEARL
  • Wittmann M, Fouragnan E, Folloni D, Klein-Flugge M, Chau B, Khamassi M & Rushworth M 2020 'Global reward state affects learning and activity in raphe nucleus and anterior insula in monkeys' Nature Communications , DOI PEARL
  • Axford N, Bjornstad G, Matthews J, Whybra L, Berry V, Ukoumunne O, Hobbs T, Wrigley Z, Brook L & Taylor R 2020 'The effectiveness of a community-based mentoring program for children aged 5-11 years: results from a randomized controlled trial' Prevention Science , DOI PEARL
  • Ziemssen T, Bass A, Berkovich R, Comi G, Eichau S, Hobart J, Hunter SF, LaGanke C, Limmroth V & Pelletier D 2020 'Efficacy and Safety of Alemtuzumab Through 9 Years of Follow-up in Patients with Highly Active Disease: Post Hoc Analysis of CARE-MS I and II Patients in the TOPAZ Extension Study' CNS Drugs , DOI PEARL
  • Kanngiesser P, Sunderarajan J & Woike JK 2020 'Keeping them honest: Promises reduce cheating in adolescents' Journal of Behavioral Decision Making , DOI
  • Min Q, Parkinson DB & Dun X 2020 'Migrating Schwann cells direct axon regeneration within the peripheral nerve bridge' Glia , DOI PEARL
  • Bradwell HL, Winnington R, Thill S & Jones RB 2020 'Ethical perceptions towards real-world use of companion robots with older people and people with dementia: survey opinions among younger adults' BMC Geriatrics 20, (1) , DOI
  • Gradinger F, Elston J, Asthana S, Myers C, Wroe S & Byng R 2020 'Integrating the voluntary sector in personalised care: mixed methods study of the outcomes from wellbeing co-ordination for adults with complex needs' Journal of Integrated Care ahead-of-print, (ahead-of-print) , DOI
  • Sá MJ, Soares dos Reis R, Altintas A, Celius EG, Chien C, Comi G, Graus F, Hillert J, Hobart J & Khan G 2020 'State of the Art and Future Challenges in Multiple Sclerosis Research and Medical Management: An Insight into the 5th International Porto Congress of Multiple Sclerosis' Neurology and Therapy , DOI PEARL

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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