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Health: Medical Science

Health: Medical Science

Medical Science Theme Lead: Professor Tim Frayling

The Medical Science theme at the IDSAI brings together researchers in health, biomedical sciences, maths and computer sciences interested in all aspects of how the data rich world we live in can benefit human health. The UK leads the way in health data science, and Exeter research is at the forefront, with expertise in health services research including health care modelling, medical statistics, electronic medical records, clinical trials, large scale human genomics of rare and common disease and imaging. This research is underpinned by a strong ethos of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), with local patients and partners involved in all aspects of our health data science, including a local cohort “Exeter 10,000” of >10,000 volunteers.

The theme has a strong training component, hosting one of only 6 Health Data Research UK sponsored MScs in Health Data Science that aims to bring students from strong maths, computing and other similar backgrounds into health research and related careers. We also host MScs in Genomic Medicine, and Public Health that have strong data science components and offer health care professionals, as well as recent graduates, the chance to train in the latest, data driven, methods and research.

The theme links with research programmes at the Alan Turing Institute in Health and Medical research.

We welcome enquiries from doctoral, postdoctoral and faculty researchers in all disciplines interested in this theme. Please email Tim at

Related centres of excellence in Exeter

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health conducts world-class research into the complex links between the environment and human health. Part of the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by funding from the European Union, we are analysing both the risks and benefits the environment poses to health, and ensuring our findings have relevance to the UK’s business community.

The Centre is Directed by Professor Lora Fleming

The Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis (CBMA) is based in the £52million LSI Building and is funded by the Wellcome Trust's ISSF scheme in 2015. Following the initial grant in 2015, our research is funded by a further Wellcome ISSF award lasting until 2021, which set up our newer focus TREE, with an emphasis on translation and impact. Funding is provided for a number of Research Fellows and secondment opportunities, as well as grants to support interdisciplinary projects within the University, and with external organisations and institutions. The Centre focuses on continued engagement with the public as well as other partners such as clinicians, charities and industry.

CBMA supports and develops interdisciplinary research from across the three STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) colleges at the University of Exeter. It aims to understand the fundamental physiological processes that facilitate health and the perturbations that can lead to disease. This knowledge is applied in innovative ways to improve treatment and quality of life. To do this the Centre bridges traditional divides between disciplines, and provides the funding and networks to initiate collaborative projects.

The Centre is directed by Professor John Terry.

The Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre and the EPSRC Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis are foci of translational data intensive research.