Mary Jane Seacole was a pioneering British-Jamaican nurse who provided comfort and care for sick and convalescent officers during the Crimean War. Her work was praised at the time, but she became even more famous a century later. She was born Mary Grant in Kingston, Jamaica, daughter of a Scottish soldier and the owner of a boarding house for officers and their families. Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC) was officially inaugurated in 1999 by the then Health Secretary Frank Dobson MP. MSRC have been active in applied health research with respect to ethnic disparities in the UK for the past two decades.
The Mary Seacole Research Centre (MSRC) is DMU’s interdisciplinary research centre of national and international excellence in ambitious applied research in mental health, migration, mental health inequalities of diverse ethnic and cultural communities. We have national and international research collaborations and our research has national and global impact on promoting health and wellbeing. Our understanding of diversity includes attention to ethnic and cultural dimensions, mental health, learning and physical disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-health and social inequalities, spirituality and gender as well as multi-agency working and education for culturally competent practice. We work with researchers, statutory and voluntary sector agencies nationally and internationally through co-production and co-creation of knowledge for promoting UN Sustainable Development Goals