Healthy Futures facilitates interdisciplinary research by supporting the institutes, centres, and external partnerships working together to meet the challenge of delivering a healthy and sustainable future.
Healthy Futures is focused on activities at the University in two key aspects of this challenge area:
- Human Health and Wellbeing: Being healthy is important for building inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable societies. This area focuses on improving health and healthcare outcomes, addressing health inequalities and mitigating the impact of the changing environment on human health.
- Environment and Ecosystem Health: The health of the plants, animals, and ecosystems we share the planet with are key to a Sustainable Future. Ensuring health and biodiversity of wild and human-coupled systems is vital for food security, mitigating zoonotic disease, and providing resilient ecosystems and ecosystem services.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science
From drug delivery to the lungs to the transmission of disease, climate change to combustion science, new routes to materials to consumer and agricultural products, an understanding of aerosol science is crucial.
Manchester: Bringing clean water to the world
Today nearly one fifth of the world’s population – 1.2 billion people – live in areas plagued by water scarcity. However, a revolution in water filtration developed at The University of Manchester could provide a much-needed solution, with ready access to clean water finally a real possibility for the world.
Healthy Futures Challenge Lead
Professor Holly Shiels, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Holly Shiels is a Professor of Integrative Physiology at The University of Manchester. Her research focuses on cardiac physiology in ectotherms and the mechanisms which maintain or adjust heart function in a changing environment. Such knowledge has applications to cardiac health and disease and in predicting how organisms, populations, ecosystems and natural resources respond to environmental change and stressors.