London Met Lab: The Health Improvement Challenge
We want to support the community to help ensure all Londoners get a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
The overall health of Londoners is getting better. Over the last ten years, we have reductions in the number of early deaths from cancer and heart, circulatory and lung diseases. Life expectancy in the city is now more than 80 for men and 84 years for women. However, London also has the widest health inequalities in Europe - inequalities which are systematic and preventable, and stop Londoners from reaching their full potential. London's health inequalities are created by social, geographical and biological factors. The difference between the highest and lowest healthy life expectancy in areas of London is 15.7 years based on Public Health England data. Contributing factors include infant mortality, excess weight, physical activity, smoking, homelessness and disease.
We want to support the community and public health care professionals by encouraging people to adopt a healthy diet, undertake the physical activity they need on a daily basis and improve their mental health, so that all Londoners get a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
Research and projects
Reducing malnutrition in children undergoing chemotherapy
A London Met-GOSH study aimed to find out how different types of feeding affected the weight of children experiencing mucositis as a result of chemotherapy.
The stigma and social impact of alcohol
London Met’s Professor Duncan Stewart and the University of York’s Professor Jim McCambridge outline the health, social, and economic complexities of alcohol use in a new editorial.
Understanding malnutrition in the elderly
Research by London Met found that malnutrition may not be accurately assessed in a care home environment, putting elderly residents at greater risk.
Establishing the societal effects of boxing
London Met's Dr Stephen Hills and co-author Dr Deborah Jump delivered a report about the societal effects of boxing to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Boxing.
Mind the gap? Social distancing in North London
A London Met study found that almost all North Londoners broke social distancing rules over a two week period after lockdown was announced, with nearly half doing so deliberately.
Fighting a near-impossible fight: using antibodies to eradicate viruses
Gary McLean, Professor in Molecular Immunology, explains his life’s work to find and use monoclonal antibodies to target viruses.
3D printing for drug delivery
Dr Bruno Sil dos Santos uses 3D printing to develop new surrogates that can mimic the same properties as human membranes to find new ways to improve approaches to drug delivery.
Obesity as a risk factor for COVID-19
London Met PhD graduate Dr Roham Makki has contributed his expertise on associations between respiratory function and obesity to Public Health England, to aid the pandemic response.
Drug proves 'life-saving' in COVID-19 clinical trials
London Met academics have contributed to the clinical trial process, which has found that common drug dexamethasone significantly reduces mortality in coronavirus patients.
COVID-19: London Met sew hundreds of masks for NHS
London Met staff have sewn and donated hundreds of face masks primarily to maternity wards in London, where staff are lacking protective gear as a result of the pandemic.
London Met academics present COVID-19 research to Lambeth Council
Researchers from across the University showcased the work they are doing to address the challenges of the pandemic.
Lipidomics and Nutrition Research Centre
The aim of the LNRC is to unravel the mechanistic role of membrane lipids in growth and development, health and chronic diseases.
Molecular Systems for Health Research Group
A multi-disciplinary group focused on strategic areas of analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic applications in biomedical science.
Public Health Nutrition and Food Microbiology Research Group
The PHNFMRG helps to address the major nutrition and food-related issues that affect populations at the local, national and global levels.
Centre for Primary Health and Social Care
The Centre is committed to applied health research that makes a significant impact on people's lives and wellbeing.
Students and the community
Students and the community
Dietetics student join NHS register to fight COVID-19
Student dietitians supported the NHS by joining the temporary HCPC register, for the crucial work of developing tube feeding plans for patients requiring ventilation.
Using the counselling service gave me hope
Student ambassador Nils shares his experience of using the University counselling service.
The power of collective mourning
Dr Denise Turner reflects on the #StarsInMemory campaign, a collective act of remembrance for the Social Work and Social Care sectors, and those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Long Time No Syphilis
London Met Translation students have translated a sexual health campaigning website into eight languages, to ensure equal access to key information and basic health rights.
Health improvement: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Health Improvement Challenge.
Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.