LMU - Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health
The Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health at the Chair for Public Health and Health Care Research (previously Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (IHRS)) is part of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, one of the leading research universities in Europe with a more than 500-year-long tradition. The scientific focus of the Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health is the study of health and disability using the biopsychosocial framework of functioning and disability found in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
Lead by Associate Prof. Alarcos Cieza, one of the ICF Research Branch Steering Committee members, the Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health team consists of researchers from psychology, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy, statistics and physics. It has a large international network of collaboration partners in over 40 countries. All scientific projects performed at the Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health are externally funded by national and international organizations. The scientific team has published over 150 publications in international peer-reviewed journals over the past 5 years.
The Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health was the original host of the ICF Research Branch. Committed to the development and implementation of the ICF worldwide, most of the projects at Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health continue to be conducted under the auspices of the ICF Research Branch in cooperation with the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications in Germany (at DIMDI).