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Health in Context: Research Institute for Prediction, Prevention, and Care

Shaping healthy futures Institute
Shaping healthy futures
Health in Context brings together researchers from various scientific backgrounds and disciplines to explore physical and mental health from preconception to old age. Health is the consequence of an interplay of internal and external processes, occurring both inside and outside the hospital.

Our mission is to promote public health and clinical care by facilitating high-quality research aimed at:

  • understanding and predicting health trajectories;
  • preventing the onset, relapse or negative consequences of disorders;
  • improving the treatment and care of patients.

How our research benefits to society

Our research contributes to a solid knowledge base for clinical and societal decision making on how to prevent or reduce burden of disease for patients and their social environment. To promote the implementation of this knowledge, we actively seek for collaboration with non-academic partners in the region, including patients, policy makers, and practitioners. In addition, we feel it our responsibility to inform citizens of our work by, among other things, investing in popular books, public lectures, and online courses (MOOCs).

Research themes:

  • We study the function of the healthy brain as well as dysfunction of the nervous system with reference to neurological and psychiatric disorders. This research aims to better understand how the brain is involved in mental, cognitive, perceptual, and motor abilities, and to develop more effective treatments for current and future patients.

    Neuroscience-oriented research programmes include Clinical Cognitive Neuropsychiatry (CCNP), Perceptual and Cognitive Neuroscience (PCN), Disease, Cognition and Aging (DCA), and Biology-Related, Artificial, and Interventional Neuroscience (BRAIN).

  • A solid understanding of the factors that promote or impede healthy ageing is a prerequisite for evidence-based prevention, intervention, and care. We therefore focus on how risk and resilience factors within individuals and in their social and physical environments influence the onset, course and consequences of disorders. This work is closely related to the key areas Public Health and Health Data.

    Research programmes with a relatively strong focus on the aetiology of disorders and associated risk and resilience factors are Health Psychology Research (HPR), the Interdisciplinary Centre

    Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation (ICPE), Life Course Epidemiology (LCE), Public Health Research (PHR), and Reproductive Origins of Adult Health & Disease (ROAHD).

  • Providing the best possible treatment and care involves, among other things, promoting patients’ quality of life, lifestyle management, evidence-based training of health professionals, and treatments that are cost-effective and optimally geared to patients’ needs. Our research involves all that and more.

    These issues are addressed in the research programmes Cure and Care in the Community Context (FOUR-C), Extremities Pain & Disability (EXPAND), Lifelong learning, Education & Assessment Research Network (LEARN), Smart Movements (SMART), Value, Affordability & Sustainability (VALUE), and Nutritional sciences in Medicine (NiM).

Research programmes