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University of Exeter Medical School

Knowledge Spa

The Knowledge Spa, located at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, is the base for students studying MSc Environment and Human Health and for a proportion of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) students during years 3, 4 and 5. It is also the home of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health (ECEHH).

Knowledge Spa, Truro

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health was launched in May 2011, with support from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

The Centre focuses on the interconnections between the environment, human health and wellbeing, specifically on emerging threats from climate change, chemical pollutants (including pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials) and antibiotic-resistant pathogens. It also explores the benefits to health and wellbeing from time spent in the natural environment, particularly in relation to coastal areas.

National and international collaborations with business, government and the third sector are key to the Centre’s work. Through collaborative research, PhD projects, forums and other mechanisms, the Centre’s academics are working with enterprise to produce findings that will have local and global applications.

Centre staff work closely with leading research centres across Europe, in North America, India, and China; they also serve as experts on national and international advisory bodies such as the World Health Organisation, and publish extensively in high-impact internationally peer reviewed journals.

The Centre is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Centre’s research is also supported by national research councils, major charities, international businesses and national governments.