Interdisciplinary Hub for the Study of Health and Age-related Conditions

The Interdisciplinary Hub for the Study of Health and Age-related conditions (IhSHA) brings together established researchers, early career researchers, post-doctoral fellows and research students (PhD and masters) from specific research areas in life and health sciences to work in conjunction with other individuals and groups within the faculty and use the various areas of expertise available.


The main objective of this Hub is to support the University's learning and research initiatives.

Other objectives include:

  1. To promote and expand interdisciplinary research within Life and Health Sciences in order to form key sustainable research strengths in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing;
  2. To expand links between the themes and with other Research Centres in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing as well as with other faculties and institutions in order to increase funding potential and academic outputs;
  3. To develop new and strengthen existing national and international collaborations with industrial partners in order to identify impact driven research and enterprise activities in order to widen the depth and scope of impacts;
  4. To support early career researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students in career development by actively helping with outputs, grant applications and involvement in collaborative research programmes.

Public engagement, enterprise and outreach activities

The Hub has a dedicated ambassador for public engagement, Professor Mark Fielder, who is responsible for co-ordinating Café Scientifique in Kingston, and actively seeking newsworthy research stories that can be promoted to the public. Prof Fielder has close links with the Enterprise and Marketing staff as well as the press office.

The Hub holds a regular series with invited speakers of international renown selected from the seven themes represented in the Hub.

Contact the Hub

For more information abut the Hub, please contact Professor Declan Naughton, Associate Dean Research & Enterprise.

Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education