National and global research objectives

In the short and medium term the School will conduct world-leading research with impact on a collaborative basis in the following three areas:

Early diagnosis of disease

The Mackenzie Institute will grow a programme of research that will draw together some of the School's existing research areas with other schools and those new areas that address global needs.

The School will build on its existing strengths which include;

  • digital diagnostics
  • emerging technologies
  • diagnostic pathways 
  • translational science
  • biophotonics and the use of data science in early diagnosis

Digital and data-driven health science

The School's research groups will lead and collaborate on national and international projects using UKs digital health infrastructure and data.

As a key contributor to the work of HDR UK, the School will create innovative data driven projects supporting patient care with NHS Fife, across Scotland and further afield.

Additionally, the School will develop career pathways from undergraduate through to independent research fellow to develop a vibrant community of health data scientists.

Innovation in medical devices

An innovation centre, built around the Arclight suite and other innovative medical devices, will form the core of an innovation centre. Key to this development, which is part of the Mackenzie institute, will be access to prototyping facilities at the Eden campus.

The Arclight project will benefit from expert advice from St Andrews Applied Research Limited and others in the global eyecare community, with the objective of producing and distributing innovative diagnostic devices that aid healthcare workers. This model includes a social enterprise to generate sales of devices which in turn fund further altruistic distribution of devices and research.