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New research centre to tackle preventable diseases and help improve nation’s health

A new research centre which will look at ways to reduce preventable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and several types of cancer, has been launched by Loughborough University.

The Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour (CLiMB) is based in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and brings together experts in behavioural science, clinical medicine and population health.

Its research will focus on the following areas:

  • Prevention and treatment of chronic diseases
  • Brief interventions and making every contact count within the NHS
  • Technology and the measurement of health
  • Healthy lifestyles in children
  • Health communication and food labelling
  • Women’s health and lifestyle behaviours

CLiMB is being led by Amanda Daley, a Professor in Behavioural Medicine and a world-leading expert in public health. Speaking about the new centre she said: “Every year thousands of people are dying prematurely in the UK from preventable diseases due to poor lifestyles. Obesity levels are high, increasing people’s risk of many diseases such as   diabetes, strokes and many forms of cancer.

“We want to help people to live well and live longer, by providing evidenced-based interventions and advice to guide public health practice and policy. The work we undertake will not only benefit the UK, but also global health outcomes.

To find out more about the work of CLiMB visit its dedicated website here.

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Press release reference number: PR 21/172

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.

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