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£2.5M investment will boost public health research

22 April 2008

Public health and healthcare evaluation are set to benefit from a major new research appointment resulting from a partnership between Cardiff University and investor, Mr Gerard Walsh.

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A worldwide search has begun in order to find a leading academic for the Cochrane Chair in Public Health, a Professorial post which will have national and international healthcare and public health policy impact.

This initiative, to establish the first Cochrane Professorial position within a UK university, reflects the University’s strong links with Archie Cochrane, who worked in the forerunner to Cardiff’s School of Medicine and who carried out much of his groundbreaking research in the South Wales Valleys.

Securing funding for the Chair is a major highlight in the University’s 125th Anniversary year. The University library already holds the Cochrane Archive - a comprehensive record of the life, work and achievements of a man considered to be one of the pioneers of modern medicine, given the worldwide influence of his work.

This important leadership role will make a significant contribution to Cardiff University and the Welsh Assembly Government’s plans to build a world-leading multidisciplinary capacity for research in public health and healthcare evaluation.

The Chair results from a £2.5M research contract which funds the key post within a cross-disciplinary strategy for public health at Cardiff. The primary focus of the role will be to carry out and promote research that facilitates, informs and promotes the health and wellbeing of society in order to reduce disability and illness. It is anticipated that the person appointed will be internationally recognised in a field related to public health, and will work with staff in the University’s Schools of Medicine, Social Sciences and Dentistry to provide a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public health.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "The Cochrane Chair in Public Health reflects Cardiff’s commitment and vision to be a world-leading, research-led university where cross-disciplinary themes facilitate agenda-setting research."

Mr Walsh said, "Continuing in the spirit of Archie Cochrane, Cardiff University has excelled at pushing the boundaries of research and learning. We are proud to partner with Cardiff University in driving forward the work that Archie Cochrane originally pioneered.

"There is a need for social change and to address health inequalities in society. The Cochrane Chair at Cardiff University will make a very substantial impact on these important challenges which confront us today."


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