The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Genomics and Enabling Data is a collaboration funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) between Public Health England (PHE), the University of Warwick, the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS) and the University of Cambridge.
The HPRU in Genomics and Enabling Data is part of a network of 14 HPRUs funded by NIHR between 2020 to 2025. All HPRUs are collaborations between PHE and academic institutions with a specific disease or methodological remit. The NIHR HPRU scheme funds high quality research that enhances the ability of PHE to use innovative techniques to protect the public’s health and minimise the health impact of emergencies.
The mission of the HPRU in Genomics and Enabling Data is to provide the methodological backbone required to improve national public health using new rich data sources. In particular, recent and ongoing developments in whole-genome sequencing technologies have a widely acknowledged great potential to help us improve public health, but this potential is currently incompletely realised due to a lack of sound and scalable methodology to interpret the data in the correct epidemiological context.
The HPRU involves members from four separate departments of the University of Warwick, namely the School of Life Sciences, the Warwick Medical School, the Department of Statistics and the Mathematics Institute. Our main base is within the Zeeman Institute which is located on the fifth floor of the Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB) on Central Campus.