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As the principal sports medicine Olympic legacy project in London, the ISEH has a central role in creating and developing research themes supporting elite athletes and importantly translating this understanding for public health benefits. In addition to our sport medicine expertise we have leading imaging, laboratory and clinical facilities at the ISEH.

The Institute is an integral part of University College London (UCL) and University College London Hospitals (UCLH), giving us unparalleled access to a top-ranking university and a range of world-class research hospital partners, with over 1,000 clinical projects running at any given time.

Our research themes are divided into the following areas:

The opportunities for research are endless – especially with the huge resource available at UCL. As London's leading multidisciplinary university, with 8,000 staff and 25,000 students it has the highest number of professors of any university in the UK. The ISEH has been developing extensive research links with a rage of UCL departments as many have a direct impact on our work within sports and exercise medicine – our aim being to become the main portal for all such work at UCL.

With the growing importance of multicentre collaboration, in addition to UCL our surgeons, sports medicine doctors and research scientists have well-established links with other national and international research facilities. This allows us unparalleled access to very significant resources and large subject cohorts, in order to investigate research questions on a large scale. 

We have worked with range of organisations including businesses, national governing bodies, sports bodies, pharmaceutical companies and local councils, allowing us to answer research questions from diverse perspectives.

The work of the ISEH focuses on two areas.

First, on translating the current knowledge in sports and exercise medicine to create health benefits for the general population; making exercise medicine available to the community to decrease risks of cardiovascular problems, diabetes and other problems.

Second, on trying to deliver that ‘extra one per cent’ that makes a difference between gold medals and also-rans in elite sport. 

For further details on our research please contact Professor Mark Hamer, Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the ISEH