Issue date: 22 January 2002
UWE (the University of the West of England) received a major boost to its research activities in Public Health as a major international research centre has relocated to the university. The Alcohol and Health Research Centre (A&HRC) is a charity led by Martin and Moira Plant. They have joined UWE's Faculty of Health and Social Care, bringing an international reputation in the area of addiction research.
The team will contribute to the UWE Public Health and Primary Care Development Research Centre.
The A&HRC is at the forefront of research into alcohol in the United Kingdom and is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in that field. The aims of the A&HRC are to carry out and publish research into addictions such as alcohol, smoking, illicit and prescribed drugs and into HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour. The A&HRC will disseminate the results for the information of clinicians, professionals, students, government departments, the media and others concerned with themes of addiction.
Professor Robin Means, Associate Dean for Research and International Development said; "The arrival of Martin and Moira is a tremendous boost for the Faculty. They will consolidate our growing reputation in addictions research and they bring with them a wealth of expertise which will be invaluable to existing staff".
Both Martin and Moira recognised that the single biggest factor in relocating the A&HRC to UWE was to work closely with fellow researchers at a time when UWE is expanding its research activities. They also recognise that UWE is already carrying out excellent research into health and social care issues and are leading the way into researching issues that matter in the 'real world'.
Speaking about the move to Bristol, Martin commented, “A huge amount of important work is underway at UWE in the field of health and social care. Moira and I are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this work as part of a hard working and dedicated team.”
Judy Orme, Director of the Research Centre in Public Health and Primary Care Development, said, "We are delighted to welcome Martin and Moira Plant to UWE. They bring such valuable expertise in an extremely important area of public health research and will make a tremendous contribution to our own addiction research at UWE".