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The School has been acknowledged for its international excellence in research in RAE 2008 and supports two multidisciplinary programmes of research in the fields of Maternal and Child Health and Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative care.  The School is committed to maintaining and further developing research excellence through strategic research planning, ongoing review of research standards, staff development and expansion, and strong internal and external collaboration.


The School supports research around two central themes:


  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care

Maternal and Child Health  


Theme co-ordinator:  Prof Fiona Alderdice


The maternal and child health research theme, is a multi-disciplinary theme which focuses on high risk groups in pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood. There are two central strands of work, maternity care research and child health research, which have been developed using a comprehensive approach ranging from study of the health of populations to the health of individuals and the care that they receive and require.




Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care  


Theme co-ordinator. Prof Sam. Porter


The theme aims to illuminate the experiences of cancer survivors and patients requiring palliative care, their informal carers and their professional carers, with a view to improving the experience of both survivorship and palliation whilst providing a sound evidence base for care. The theme also seeks to develop a research continuum from bench to bedside through the development of co-ordinated research projects. This programme of research has focused on the following key areas:


  • Cachexia and fatigue
  • Care of children
  • Survivorship
  • End of life care










    Director of Research: Prof Fiona Alderdice



    97 Lisburn Road

    Belfast BT9 7BL

    Phone: 028 9097 2865