Welcome to the Centre for Rural Health

Welcome to the Centre for Rural Health

The Centre for Rural Health (CRH) was formed from the previously established Highlands and Islands Health Research Institute (HIHRI) in 2004. Between 2005  and 2014 CRH has operated as a collaborative venture between the University of Aberdeen and the University of the Highlands and Islands, both institutions providing core funding and employing staff within CRH. From August 2014 it has reverted to a sole venture of the University of Aberdeen

CRH provides expertise in: 

  • evaluation of health care delivery
  • rural health care policy and management
  • epidemiology
  • clinical trials
  • public health
  • systematic reviews
  • data linkage studies
  • qualitative research
  • research costing and administration 


Breaking News:

See the SURS Press Release:

  Satellite Ultrasound for Rural Stroke (SURS)

This exciting project will demonstrate the ability to use ultrasound connected wirelessly to a novel communications hub to stream transcranial images to a remote location for real-time review to diagnose stroke.  The outcome for many stroke patients could potentially be improved if they receive timely treatment. Rapid response to stroke is problematic in remote and rural areas worldwide.

Read more.....


Follow the ITTS Project Final Conference being held 11 and 12 March 2014  at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.  










Cafe Sci in Inverness

The new season of FREE talks starts on Tuesday March 18th at Waterstones, Inverness with an event on the Northern Lights.

For more information click here


Dr. Matt-Mouley Bouamrane, UoA Research Fellow has joined the CRH team. His background is in computing science and evaluation in primary care.












Congratulations to David Heaney, Associate Director of CRH, on achieving his Doctorate



Highland Research Forum 27th January 2014

1500-1700, Centre for Health Science, Inverness

David Heaney, Associate Director of the Centre for Rural Health, will host a presentation and discussion on the findings of the ITTS project, and the future of telemedicine:

"Perspectives on Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions across Europe:  Highlands and Islands leading the way"  

Click here for more details 


Digital Health Solutions for Diabetes

How digital health solutions can improve the quality of care for patients with diabetes, will be the focus of a conference hosted by the Centre for Rural Health's ITTS project

CRH hosts a Nuffield Student

Shannon Elliff from Lossiemouth High School came to CRH in July and August 2013 on a Nuffield Placement. As part of her placement she produced a poster entitled 'Is the prevalence of chronic pain higher in rural areas than in urban areas?' View Poster

 Shannon presented her poster in Edinburgh and has now been awarded a gold Crest award from the British Science Association.

 Congratulations from CRH!


ITTS Newsletter October 2013


Dr. Matt-Mouley Bouamrane has been appointed as UoA Research Fellow to join the CRH team early in 2014


Cafe Med in Inverness

Tuesday 10th September 2013, 7pm at Waterstones

David Heaney will present a talk and discussion on Virtual Healthcare



CRH welcomes Theresa Hamilton as Prof. Philip Wilson's Personal Assistant


From August 26th, Dr. Wayne Medford joins us as Project Fellow for the Healthcare Greenspace Project


Cafe Med in Inverness

Please see our Media pages for the podcast of the third Cafe Med event held in Inverness 'Are we all on the Autism Spectrum?'



CRH project welcomes new Project Co-ordinator





















ITTS Newsletter May 2013


Health takes a step forward in the Scottish Highlands!



Cradle to Grave? Why Primary Care Research Shouldn't Ignore Childhood

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Phil Wilson

Director, Centre for Rural Health

Delivered on Friday 26th April 2013

Click on the title above to view the lecture.



Scottish School of Primary Care

2013 Annual Conference, Centre for Health Science, Inverness

Environmental Influences on Health

At 11.55am on Thursday 25th April 2013, Dr Lucy Thompson, Centre for Rural Health, Inverness and University of Glasgow presented 'Using routine data to identify the developmental problems'for the Childhood Information for Learning and Development (ChILD) Project

In the afternoon session on Thursday 25th April 2013, staff from the Centre for Rural Health in Inverness presented posters on the work of the Centre for Rural Health. Please see our News Page for more details 

Highland Research Forum

Monday 10th June 2013

6pm - 9pm

Lecture Theatre, Centre for Health Science

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