Close up microscopic image of tubercular lung tissue

Conducting and sharing international, multidisciplinary health protection research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) is an integrated consortium within the NIHR comprising world-class expertise in all areas of laboratory, public health, epidemiology and health-economic sciences.

Our driving goal and motivation is to protect and improve the public’s health through better application of cost-effective interventions"

The mission of the NIHR HPRU in Respiratory Infections at Imperial College is to support Public Health England (PHE) by creating a centre of excellence to design, conduct and share internationally-leading multidisciplinary health protection research.

The NIHR Health Protection Unit in Respiratory Infections supports research projects across influenza, tuberculosis and other respiratory infections . Please find further information on our Research themes page.

In 2017 we started a blog series to bring our work to new and wider audiences.

Finding hidden tuberculosis

Finding hidden tuberculosis

In 2015, over 10 million people worldwide developed TB disease, and 1.8 million people died of it, a larger annual death toll than that claimed by HIV.

One person dies of TB every 25 seconds, and these statistics are especially shocking in the context of a disease which is preventable and curable, even though the treatment is long and difficult, and requires commitment on part of the patient and their clinical carers.