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Starting well, living well, ageing well

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

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.

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

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.

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Research activities

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Child Friendly City initiative

We are playing our part to help our city on its journey towards international recognition as a Child Friendly City.

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Policy in practice

Our pioneering research is asking what can be done to address regional health and social inequalities.

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Children's food choices

New forms of marketing are having a major impact on children's choices of what they eat, how much and when.

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Clean Air Africa

We are supporting sustained and equitable transition to clean household energy in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana.

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Technologies for Healthy Ageing

This Doctoral Network is training the next generation of scientists and engineers to develop technologies and devices to address the challenges of ageing.

International Space Station


We are investigating skeletal muscle ageing in microgravity in collaboration with the UK Space Agency and Kayser Space Ltd.

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