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Hertfordshire Centre For Lifespan And Chronic Illness Research
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The University of Hertfordshire has set up a new centre to study changes in
health which occur over the lifespan of an individual.
The Centre for
Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR), headed by Dr David Wellsted, has
been set up within the University's Health and Human Sciences Research
Institute, so that predictors of medical, and psychological outcomes over the
life span for chronic illnesses such as schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis,
depression and renal disease can be identified, helping people to live longer
and more comfortably with these conditions.
"If we can understand how
changes happen over time, we may be able to find ways to intervene earlier,"
said Dr Wellsted. "There is a lot of speculation, for example, about renal
disease. In this group, one of the main causes of death is infection and due to
the fact that renal patients often have a tendency to get depressed, if we can
treat the depression which could cause suppression of the immune response, we
may be able to help people to live longer fuller lives despite their illness."
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CLiCIR is already involved with funding applications amounting to about £8
million in the fields of adult mental health disorders, studies of a large
rheumatoid arthritis cohort and patients with renal disease.
involves epidemiological studies which attempt to predict change of health
status over lengthy periods of time and where there appear to be multiple risk
and protective factors which require sophisticated research methods, especially
statistical methods," said Dr Wellstead. 'Expertise in these particular
statistical methods is hard to find so one of our missions is to apply these
methods to the benefit of patients, and train graduates in this
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