Community health threats affect us all

  • Tobacco kills more than 8 million people a year.
  • 7 million early deaths occur each year as a result of air pollution.
  • Men born in the least deprived areas can expect to live 9 years longer than those born in the most deprived.

Our health as individuals is inextricably tied to our community

From pollution to dementia, cancer to cardiovascular disease, there are some health threats that can affect us all. At Imperial, we’re working for a healthier future for everyone. With your support, we will open new research centres, recruit world-class experts and set up specialist labs where breakthroughs happen. 

Communities are at the heart of public health. The health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide has been improved thanks to vaccination programmes and other public health initiatives. 

Here at Imperial, we’re working hard to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families through prevention, intervention and policy. To achieve this, our researchers are investigating how social and environmental factors interact with genetics and physiology in the development of disease.

Sharing research findings informs government policymaking around health and gives people information to them make better choices when it comes to their health and their family’s health.

Making an impact in cities globally 

The profound effect of social exclusion on health is also becoming clear. In our new building, we’ll explore how poverty, diet, lifestyle, and access to public services combine to negatively impact on the health and wellbeing in White City – and cities around the world. 

But understanding conditions and identifying risk is just the beginning. We’ll harness the power of health data to improve healthcare and patient lives. We’ll work with community leaders and government policymakers to evaluate policy impact and design interventions based on evidence that change lives.

With your support, we will:

Establish a Centre for Health Equity
We want to bring researchers, policy experts, and community leaders together to tackle inequalities in health and wellbeing. 

Create a new Centre for Air Pollution Research
With top laboratories and leadership from Professor Frank Kelly, we will bring a new focus to air pollution research, which will become an invaluable resource for policymakers in the UK and internationally. 

Open a Centre for Economics and Epidemiology
Our researchers will rigorously analyse how to control the spread of epidemic diseases, such as COVID-19, while reducing the economic impact.

Fighting for clean air for all

How does ongoing exposure affect our health in the long term? What’s the best way to predict air pollution? Can major changes in cities make a difference? Here at Imperial our pioneering approach measures the impact of pollution on a biomolecular level to provide new insights. 

Imperial researchers are already tracking the long-term effects of pollution on the health and cognitive development of children who were exposed to poor quality air before birth. But to take our work to the next level, our new Centre will be home to advanced labs for aerosol and toxicology research. And, with the appointment of one of the UK’s leading experts, Professor Frank Kelly, Imperial is set to become an international leader in this field.