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Universities work together to understand the causes and effects of health inequality

Posted on 21 October 2022

The Universities of York and Bradford are to conduct in-depth research into the causes and consequences of health inequality as part of a major new health research project.

A new Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) will be set up to run for the next five years, with the help of a £4.7m funding grant from the National Institute for Health and Care research (NIHR).


The project will bring together expertise from across the region, including Bradford Council and Bradford Institute for Health Research, to find the causes of health inequality and assess the impact of work being done to address it. Findings from the research will shape local, national and regional policy to tackle the issue.

Professor Kate Pickett, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health, is part of the team at York which will be delivering the work. She said: “Partnerships between academic researchers and local authorities can support councils to protect the health of the public and create the conditions for good and equitable health. Bradford has been a world leader in working with its local universities and I’m so pleased to see this partnership strengthened through this funding award.”


Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “I am delighted that Bradford Council has been awarded funding so that we can work with our partners to set up an HDRC. It is simply unacceptable that in 21st century Britain we have such huge gaps in health equality.

“To address these inequalities, we need high quality research into its causes and understanding of interventions. Few local authorities currently possess the capacity to undertake research of the type and rigour required to find out what really works and deliver large scale impact on health inequalities. This funding will help us to gather that evidence and implement policies and practices that work.”

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