Global average life expectancy has increased by five years since 2000, the fastest increase since the 1960s. In the same period, we have seen deaths from malaria fall by more than 25 per cent, and HIV has become a disease that can be managed with treatment.
Today, researchers in the School of Public Health continue to deepen our understanding of disease. We apply cutting-edge machine learning and statistical methodology to understand the associations between genes and disease and the features that drive disease dynamics and progression. Our fundamental research into the population ecology and evolution of parasites helps us to understand the determinants of infectious disease outbreaks.
This vital research shapes our focus on the prevention of disease. For non-communicable diseases like heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease this requires large-scale studies to understand the barriers to behaviour and lifestyle change and close collaboration with healthcare practitioners, policymakers, non-governmental organisations and patients.
For infectious disease, we are leaders in the development of new vaccines, and our research evaluates the public health impact and cost effectiveness of vaccinations against malaria and yellow fever, Ebola, HPV, HIV and polio. Where we still lack the knowledge and resources to prevent diseases, Imperial researchers are at the forefront of their treatment and management. Our research informs the management of infectious disease outbreaks and we are at the front line in our work to address and manage emerging health crises. We research interventions to mitigate the impact of long term health conditions, and we develop low-cost technologies to transform health outcomes in low income countries and regions.
In October 2019, the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA) was launched within Imperial's world-class School of Public Health in the College's renowned Faculty of Medicine. J-IDEA was co-founded by Imperial College London and Community Jameel and our mission is to combat threats from disease worldwide. To find out more about the institute, visit the J-IDEA webpages or watch this video about its mission and vision.
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