School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


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Centre for Global Health and Human Development

About the Centre

A theme running through the Centre is that of research in developing or transitional countries (e.g. South Africa, Bangladesh, India) and of the health risks of different ethnic groups in developed countries (e.g. South Asians in the UK, Mayans in the USA).

The Centre is described as “global” because of the international scope of its research. In addition to being actively involved in longitudinal birth cohort studies in Soweto-Johannesburg, South Africa (Birth to Twenty) and the UK (Born in Bradford), members of the centre also have on-going research projects in Mexico, USA, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Portugal.

Research funding currently comes from the NHS-NIPR, MRC, ESRC, Child Growth Foundation, the Royal Society, SANPAD (South Africa-Netherlands research funding agency), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust. Current applications have been submitted to the MRC, British Heart Foundation, the Royal Society, Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme (cross funded by all UK Funding Councils).

The Annals of Human Biology, the official journal for the Society for the Study of Human Biology, is edited from within the research centre and supports the costs of an editorial assistant.

The continuing activities of the Centre include regular weekly meetings that alternate between a journal club and a research meeting. At the former a published paper is presented and at the latter on-going research is discussed. Post-graduate students form an integral and important part of these meetings. They are not only expected to attend but they are actively encouraged to present papers and to take a creative role in the research discussions.