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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the NIHR HPRU in Emergency Preparedness and Response is extremely busy. For any media enquiries about our publications or our work please do NOT contact members of the Unit directly but contact the press office at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: or

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response is led by King’s College London, in partnership with Public Health England, the University of East Anglia and Newcastle University.

Our overarching aim is to conduct multidisciplinary research that enhances Public Health England’s ability to minimise the health impacts of emergencies.

Public health emergencies are often complex events, requiring different teams to co-ordinate their efforts in order to protect people’s health.

Different types of scientific expertise is also often required, allowing us to identify what the problem is, how many people have been affected, what types of countermeasures might be needed, who is going to be most vulnerable and how to look after the mental health of the victims and the emergency responders.

Our unit is unique in bringing together experts who can not only address each of these problems individually, but who will also work together to make sure we offer a joined-up solution to protecting health during a crisis. 

The unit was set up in April 2014, and is one of 13 Health Protection Research Units in England. We are the only one specialising in emergency response and pr eparedness. 

We have received £3.6million over five years to support our research from the Department of Health, via the NIHR. Additional funding has also been received from each of the university partners and from Public Health England.