NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections

The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at University of Liverpool was established in April 2014 with £4M of funding from the UK Government's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  It supports and strengthens Public Health England in its role protecting England from emerging infections and zoonoses (i.e. those which spread from animals to humans).  It brings together internationally leading researchers from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health England, exploiting synergy, world-class facilities, and breadth and depth in relevant research between these institutions.

Specific Goals and Objectives

  • Support Public Health England in its immediate tasks of understanding and mitigating currently emerging infections and zoonoses
  • Examine factors involved in emergence to help predict future threats
  • Maintain a 'Rapid Response Team' of core staff, skilled in epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, omics and modelling approaches, to readily tackle emerging requirements.
  • Train a cadre of scientists in the necessary disciplines, and develop streamlined structures and systems to support them.
  • Generate sufficient external funding to support the HPRU going forwards

The impact of the unit's will be to significantly increase Public Health England's ability to tackle current and future threats, thus informing policy, enhancing decision making, strengthening services and faciliating responses.

For further information please visit the NIHR HPRU in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections website.