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NIHR Public Health Review Team


Director: Prof G.J. Melendez-Torres
Deputy Director: Dr Rhiannon Evans
Co-Investigators: Associate Professor Joht Chandan, Prof Jo Thompson-Coon, Prof Ruth Garside, Dr Kath Maquire, Ms Sophie Robinson, Ms Joelle Kirby, Dr Rabeea’h Aslam

Aims and objectives

The NIHR Public Health Review Team is a group of experts commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to conduct public health evidence reviews. The team will work with the NIHR Public Health Research Programme (PHR) to identify gaps in the current knowledge that can be addressed through future research. This will help the NIHR PHR to develop their research and funding priorities.

The review team includes experts from the Universities of Exeter, Cardiff and Birmingham with different specialisms and skills. The team has an outstanding track record of leading and delivering complex systematic reviews in collaboration with a range of policy, practice and patient partners.


Projects undertaken by the team will be listed and linked below.

Peer support and community interventions targeting breastfeeding in the UK: systematic review and equity synthesis of qualitative evidence

Start date


End date

2028 (60 months)


National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)