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Professor Adrian H. Taylor

Associate Dean of Research at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD)

Kath Maguire

In April 2017, Adrian was appointed as Associate Dean for Research in PUPSMD, his role for the next 3 years. This reflects the growing strength and interest in health services research, both within PUPSMD but also across the University of Plymouth. Within PUPSMD, working with colleagues in the newly launched Community and Primary Care Research Group, the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit, and the Medical Statistics group, they have been successful with NIHR bids worth over £7m to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of complex interventions which aim to reduce health inequalities, and support those with complex health care needs. 

Adrian has, for over 25 years, developed evidence-based healthy living interventions, and conducted rigorous evaluations involving specific populations with long-term chronic conditions such as depression, COPD, nicotine and other addictions, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.

He co-led the NHS guidelines for GP exercise referral schemes in 1990, and is currently leading externally funded clinical trials and public health interventions valued over £4m. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and co-founded the international journal, Mental Health & Physical Activity in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Upcoming Events


LKD Seminar: Staging evidence: the...

Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's campus, Exeter

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker: Kate Beckett, University of the West of England, Bristol Kate’s background...
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LKD Seminar: The art of...

Room 3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and video-conferenced to F083 Knowledge Spa Truro

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker:  Dr Roman Kislov, Senior Research Fellow in the University of...
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Plymouth researchers are recruiting local smokers to major national study looking at reducing cigarette consumption

05 March 2018

A £1.8m study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is looking for...
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Investigating the association between chronic heavy drinking and dementia

22 February 2018

PenCLAHRC researcher, Dr Iain Lang, has commented on a new study published in The Lancet Public...
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Partner In Focus - South West Academic Health Science Network

17 January 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects