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Starting well, living well, ageing well

Building the foundation to a healthy, happy and productive life.

Enabling the best start possible in life for every person is not a dream but an obtainable, desirable and reachable goal. Fair and equal access to the benefits of world-leading research can reach everyone throughout their lives. Enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is stated: “All children have a right to the highest attainable standard of health.”

Yet many health outcomes for children and young people in the UK, and for the adults they will become, are poorer in comparison to international peers, and there are stark inequalities in health outcomes. There is widespread agreement that children’s health and conditions in childhood structure outcomes in later life. Thus, improving child health and development is central to addressing entrenched inequalities in adult health, to reducing the increasing burden of adult chronic disease and ensure ageing and resilience.

The University of Liverpool’s three world-class Faculties have joined the forces of over 150 research staff under a common goal: to improve the health and wellbeing of babies and children, and the adults they will become.

Utilising everything from next-generation genetic sequencing to powerful clinical diagnostics and treatments, Liverpool’s research transforms millions of people on a local, national and global scale.

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Research activities

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Policy in practice

Pioneering research is being conducted at the University of Liverpool asking what can be done to address regional health and social inequalities.

boy choosing food in a supermarket

Children's food choices

Children are bombarded with adverts and marketing which influences their food choices. Our researchers are looking at what factors affect children's choices.

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Clean Air Africa

Supporting sustained and equitable transition to clean household energy at scale in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana.

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Doctoral Network in Technologies for Healthy Ageing

Training the next generation of scientists and engineers to develop technologies and devices to address the challenges of ageing.

Children and the law: knowing your rights and how to use them

Children and the law

Promoting children’s rights to participate meaningfully in decisions and legal processes relating to immigration, education, healthcare and family life.

International Space Station


A collaboration with the UK Space Agency and Kayser Space Ltd will investigate skeletal muscle ageing in microgravity.

The Liverpool Advantage - expertise and collaboration

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The Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children (EATC) is a unique consortium delivering translational biomedical research in childhood arthritis and related musculoskeletal disorders.

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The Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS) is a strategic research collaboration, aiming to address the heart related health needs of the region.


The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Meet some of our leading academics in this research area:

Professor Michael Beresford

Professor Michael Beresford

Brough Chair, Professor of Child Health

Anne Mcardle

Professor Anne Mcardle

Professor, Musculoskeletal Biology

Sara Cohen

Professor Sara Cohen

James and Constance Alsop Chair in Music

Professor Malcolm Jackson

Professor Malcolm Jackson

Professor, Musculoskeletal Biology

Mandy Peffers

Professor Mandy Peffers

Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellow

Professor Rhiannon Corcoran

Professor Rhiannon Corcoran

Professor of Psychology

Daniel Pope

Professor Daniel Pope

Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology

Professor Simon Capewell

Professor Simon Capewell

Professor, Public Health and Policy