Understanding Chronic Disease

Researchers at The Farr Institute are using the network’s extensive data resources and interdisciplinary skills to understand the risks, causes and most effective treatments of chronic or long term diseases.

While some of these diseases can be prevented through, for example, changes to lifestyle, many others result in lifelong medication and treatment. Patients can often suffer from several chronic diseases simultaneously which can have a huge impact on day-to-day life and long term health.

Research groups across The Farr Institute’s network combine the expertise of leading clinicians and epidemiologists with extensive data resources to improve the understanding of diseases including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes

The Institute’s investigators have worked with colleagues from across the world to contribute to the understanding of chronic disease by delivering high-quality, cutting edge research by linking electronic health data with other forms of research and sources of data. Research in this area is improving the health and care individual patients and whole populations and, in turn, reducing strain on health and care systems.
The Farr Institute also hosts registries such as the Barts Cardiovascular Registry and research platforms such as CALIBER which utilises linked electronic health records and administrative health data from primary care, secondary care and disease registries.

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