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New projects to understand how social, economic and environmental factors impact our health

Alia Talaat

A new round of funding led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is investing £25 million into understanding and influencing the social, economic and environmental factors that affect our health.

The funding – the first round under the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) – has been earmarked for eight projects tackling the bigger picture factors behind the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – illnesses that can’t be passed from person to person – such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health, cancer and diabetes.

NCDs make up the vast majority of illnesses in the UK, accounting for an estimated 89 per cent of all deaths. These projects aim to deliver real changes that reduce the burden of these diseases on our health and social care systems and enable people to live longer, healthier lives.

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