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We're exploring life as it's lived

We're developing new ways to understand and manage the health and wellbeing of people around the world

The research in our Health and Wellbeing theme aims to manage health, disease and disability through technological, creative and scientific developments.

Under Professor Gordon Blunn's directorship—and in partnership with Portsmouth Hospital Trust—we develop and test our technologies in real settings and work to understand the mechanisms underlying health and disease.

Our research areas

Many of the University's research areas deal directly with issues of health and wellbeing, including:

Health Informatics

We're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective, and we're exploring how technology can influence lifestyle choices and reduce health risks.

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Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical sciences

We're improving our understanding of how the body functions, how disease effects these functions, and the genetic and molecular drivers for illness. Explore our pharmacy pharmacology and biomedical sciences research.

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Dental and oral health

We're developing evidence-based health care for patients and the wider community, and higher-quality education for dental teams.

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Biological Sciences

We're exploring how to treat genetic disorders, identifying novel targets for drugs and searching for advances in treatments that could impact millions. 

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Psychology

We're exploring topics from child development of social skills to eye witness testimony, and from the evolution of primate facial expressions to factors affecting drug use. Explore our psychology research.

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Research features

Explore our features for a snapshot of our recent research work in this research theme.

The therapy that could transform facial palsy care

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Help smokers kick the habit

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A life-saving solution in the palm of your hand

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News, blogs, and podcasts

Find our more about our latest research successes, read blogs by our academics and listen to the latest ideas and discoveries that look set to change our lives in our Life Solved podcast.

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University of Portsmouth students to be given unique insight into life living with dementia

13 May 2024

University of Portsmouth students to be given unique insight into life living with dementia
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The “PLAYCE” to be: Construction begins on UK’s first multi-functional activity space in Portsmouth

10 May 2024

The “PLAYCE” to be: Construction begins on UK’s first multi-functional activity space in Portsmouth
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New DNA origami technique promises breakthroughs in medicine

9 May 2024

New DNA origami technique promises breakthroughs in medicine
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More efficient ways to monitor patient vital signs developed in NHS hospitals

2 May 2024

More efficient ways to monitor patient vital signs developed in NHS hospitals
Pollen

Pollen is a promising sustainable tool in the bone regeneration process

3 April 2024

Pollen is a promising sustainable tool in the bone regeneration process

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New report outlines the approach the United Nations should take to tackle global chemical pollution

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New report outlines the approach the United Nations should take to tackle global chemical pollution
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Delivering cultural workshops to a primary school
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The Premier League is tweaking the rules to keep things competitive – and VAR is staying too

Christina Philippou

The Premier League is tweaking the rules to keep things competitive – and VAR is staying too
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How to apply through Clearing
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Why American investors are pouring money into European football

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Why American investors are pouring money into European football

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What happened during the fourth session of the Global Plastics Treaty?

What happened during the fourth session of the Global Plastics Treaty?
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Life onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean for science
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Will architecture save the world?

Will architecture save the world?
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The unstoppable evolution of the English language

The unstoppable evolution of the English language
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Sport saving our seas

Sport saving our seas

Health and Wellbeing Blog

Our health and wellbeing researchers write about the importance and impact of self-care, sport and exercise, mental wellbeing, diseases and medical advancements.

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