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Can a pill prevent HIV? HIV treatment offers hope for HIV prevention but no panacea

Dec 11, 2014
New research findings recommend further measures should be put in place to make the best use of two new HIV prevention options. Research published by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit offers new insights into the barriers to effective uptake and use of two new HIV prevention options that use antiretrovirals (ARVs), currently used in existing HIV treatment.

Smoking, alcohol, general health and wellbeing in Scotland – the Scottish Health Survey 2013

Dec 11, 2014
Results from the Scottish Health Survey 2013 (funded by the Scottish Government) have been published in the ninth report in the series, now conducted annually. Dr Linsay Gray and Prof Alastair Leyland from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit authored chapters on adult smoking, adult alcohol consumption and general health, mental wellbeing and caring.

Carstairs Scores for Scottish Postcode Sectors, Datazones & Output Areas from the 2011 Census

Nov 12, 2014
Carstairs deprivation scores, originally created in 1981, provide a measure of material deprivation......

Welcome to the website of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Our aim is to promote human health via the study of social and environmental influences on health.  

Our more specific objectives include:

  • studying how people's social positions, and their social and physical environments, influence their physical and mental health and capacity to lead healthy lives,
  • designing and evaluating interventions aiming to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health, and
  • influencing policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to a wide range of audiences.

The Unit receives core funding from the UK Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office at the Scottish Government Health Directorates. It is a University Unit within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and is part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

The Unit’s research is divided into nine programmes. There is considerable overlap and joint working between these programmes, and many projects (and especially studentship projects), may straddle across two or more programmes.

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