Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing are central to an inclusive and vibrant society.  Although the health of the population has improved markedly over the past century in Ireland as it has in other developed countries, we face major challenges in the 21st century including epidemic levels of overweight and obesity in children and adults, high rates of alcohol and other drug misuse, mental health issues, widening social inequalities and anthropogenic climate change.

UCC has a strong health and social wellbeing research portfolio and a wealth of interdisciplinary activity that links researchers throughout the university.  Led by the APC Microbiome Ireland, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT), and other world-leading research units, key areas of focus include the human gut microbiome in health and disease, food and health, public health, perinatal health, gerontology and health services research. 

Researchers at UCC also investigate the causes and prevention of obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, HIV and suicide, in addition to developing and applying technological solutions to the wide range of health and wellbeing challenges in modern society.

“Climate change represents the most important threat to the health and wellbeing of the population in the 21st century with significant potential for health benefits from mitigation strategies such as reduced burning of fossil fuels, environmental change to support walking, cycling and public transport and a nutrition transition towards plant-based diets.”

Professor Ivan Perry, School of Public Health

Health & Wellbeing Institutes & Centres

Institutes & Centres
Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility
APC Microbiome Ireland
ASSERT for Health Centre
Biomerit Research Centre
BioSciences Imaging Centre
Cancer Biology at UCC
Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation
Centre for Research in Vascular Biology
Centre for Synthetic Biology & Biotechnology
Cork Breast Research Group
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research
Cork NeuroScience Centre
Dairy Processing Technology Centre
Health Information Systems Research Centre
HRB Centre for Health & Diet Research
HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC
Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT)
National Adult Nutrition Survey
National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre
Oral Health Services Research Centre
Parkinson's Disease Research Cluster
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre


Schools & Departments
Dental School and Hospital
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Department of General Practice
Department of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Department of Pathology
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Department of Physiology
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Sociology
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Department of Surgery
Oral Health and Development
School of Applied Psychology
School of Applied Social Studies
School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
School of Chemistry
School of Clinical Therapies
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
School of Medicine
School of Microbiology
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Pharmacy
School of Public Health

Research and Innovation

Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building UCC