Ageing societies with increasingly limited resources and governance capacities struggle to cope with costly diseases, such as cancer, and the growing behavioural and environmental health challenges brought by contemporary lifestyles. Real-world feasibility, viability and sustainability is required from all new health solutions. Identifying the root causes of emerging health problems and finding ways to solve local and global health challenges effectively and sustainably requires extensive multidisciplinary collaboration.
The societal conditions for health research are rapidly changing. Medical, pharmaceutical and health scientists regularly discover new treatments for disease and develop technologies and creative interventions for disease prevention and health promotion in clinical and translational research. While researchers have wider access to real-world data sources, they often lack the capacity and/or access to test the wider feasibility, viability and sustainability of their solutions in real-life conditions.
In order to combine scientific excellence and high levels of societal impact, a new approach to health and well-being research is needed. This approach necessitates
The purpose of the UHealth platform is to systematize this approach at UH. The platform assembles researchers in medicine, pharmacy, health sciences, social sciences, food sciences and linguistics from seven faculties (Medicine, Social Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Educational Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, and Arts). UHealth
In the PROFI6 profile-building period of 2021-26, UHealth strengthens leadership and top-level research around two main research themes: 1) Health services and 2) Prevention. It expands real-world research capacity through strategic collaborations with HUS Nursing Research Center, HUS Pharmacy, and Keusote – Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Healthcare in Central Uusimaa.
UHealth belongs to the UH strategic research theme A meaningful life, human wellbeing and a healthy environment in the 2021–2030 strategy period. UHealth connects and facilicates collaboration between various profile-building areas and other UH initiatives on strategic research. It builds on the previous work of the iCAN Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Flagship, PROFI4 Helsinki One Health and PROFI5 FinPharma.
UHealth is a key element of the University’s strategy to respond to the societal demand for knowledge and improve knowledge-based decision-making in the 2021–2030 strategy period. UHealth develops ways to advance societal uses of research knowledge in the specific area of health and well-being research.
UHealth funds six Principal Investigator positions as part of its profile-building actions to strengthen adacemic leadership in the following areas of multidisciplinary research:
In addition, UHealth funds junior researcher positions (postdocs and/or doctoral researchers) in all of its seven member faculties.
In the year 2023, UHealth will
As part of its strategic collaboration with key partners, UHealth will