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Theme 3 – Prevention and detection of diseases

The prevention and detection of disease is a cornerstone of public health practice. The promotion of healthy lifestyles, prevention of disease and programmes of screening for disease are counterparts that together, enable increased awareness of health improvement, disease diagnosis and treatment.

As a theme we aim to facilitate and lead collaborations between the NHS, local authorities, key organisations and stakeholders in the West Midlands. These collaborations focus on the creation and synthesis of evidence that will guide regional and international public health practice.

Our research focuses on the three conditions that account for nearly 40% of deaths in the West Midlands: cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Through our programme of research we will:

  • Establish a prevention and detection network to share and implement research findings with an emphasis on reducing heart disease and increasing cancer screening.
  • Disseminate findings from our large body of work surrounding the prevention of cardiovascular disease and its consequences.
  • Conduct research into the update and outcomes from colorectal and breast screening programmes as well as health checks.
  • Grow our established links with the National Screening Committee and other local, regional and national policy making organisations.


Theme 3 links


Meet the team


Theme 3 report

Theme lead

Professor Aileen Clarke, University of Warwick


  • Birmingham City Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Birmingham