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UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing (GCHW): Outcomes
GCHW Small Grants 2012
GCHW Theme: Technology & Wellbeing
Lead: Dr Richard Day (UCL Internal Medicine)
Main collaborator: Dr Gaetano Burriesci (UCL Mechanical Engineering)
Additional collaborators: Dr Anton Emmanuel (UCL Internal Medicine); Prof Quentin Pankhurst (UCL Physics & Astronomy)
Project: Faecal incontinence results from defective anal sphincter muscles. It is a frequent condition, affecting >0.5 million people in UK and is associated with devastating consequences. Treatment options are limited and in general do not deliver long-term therapy.
We have shown in vitro that mechanical force applied to human rectal smooth muscle cells is a growth promoting stimulus, an effect we believe can be harnessed for regeneration of sphincter muscle.
Based on these observations, the aim of the project is to develop a series of prototype devices that can be used to restore continence via regeneration and conditioning of sphincter muscle. The device will apply a novel form of magnetic actuation, capable of delivering an oscillating mechanical force to sphincter smooth muscle cells. This will provide a growth promoting stimulus for sphincter muscle regeneration.
The therapeutic approach offered by the proposed device is unique and offers the possibility of restoring sphincter muscle function, something that has not been achieved with existing therapies aimed at restoring continence.
Tracking Activity in Relation to Disease: Using smartphone technology to create novel epidemiological tool
GCHW Theme: Technology & Wellbeing
Lead: Eva Macharia (UCL Institute of Child Health)
Main collaborator: Prof Tim Cole (Institute of Child Health)
Additional collaborators: Dr Sean Wallis (UCL English Language & Literature); Dr Chris Williams (UCL Business)
Project: We aim to develop and validate the use of smartphone applications to track activity in relation to disease (TARDIS).
TARDIS applications will empower patients to use smartphones to track serial symptom data and generate individual disease profiles. Individual profiles will be accumulated to a central database, collating longitudinal and cross-sectional data on the cohort of interest. These comparative data will be a valuable resource for doctors and researchers.
Rationale: For the TARDIS prototype, we will study gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) in children. GOR is a common, chronic and complex condition affecting up to 5% of children. Treatment comprises multiple, stepwise interventions involving feeding modulations, medications and surgery. Serial assessments are required, in which physicians take clinical histories and progress reports from caregivers. This is repetitive and prone to reporting biases. Paper questionnaires are also used. However, these have limited validity and are inconvenient for serial assessments. TARDIS applications can be effective for serial assessment of individuals and economic data gathering in large cohorts.
Method: We will identify demographic, co-morbid and symptom variables relevant to the description of GOR. We shall develop and pilot a TARDIS application for GOR, thus demonstrating the use of smartphone applications as patient-held epidemiological data collection tools.
Indoor versus Outdoor Running: A comparison of those who exercise in different environments, how they relate to their bodies when they do so, and what this suggests about the future promotion of public health through exercise
Lead: Dr Russell Hitchings (UCL Geography)
Main collaborator: Dr Courtney Kipps (UCL Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health)
Additional collaborators: Dr Alan Latham (UCL Geography); Dr Eleanor Tillett (UCL Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health)
Project: This project is a collaboration between clinicians (with expertise in the physiological effects of exercise and health promotion) and cultural geographers (with expertise in using qualitative methods to understand how people relate to the various contexts through which they live).
Straddling these two very different disciplines, our project will evaluate whether two distinct ‘cultures’ of recreational running can now be said to exist (one indoor and one outdoor). More specifically, this project will compare the differing ways in which those who run indoors on treadmills and those who run outdoors understand the experience and effects of running in these two sites, how they relate to their bodies during this activity, and how running fits within their wider lifestyles. Unaware of previous comparative research of this type, our contention is that such research will generate fresh insights about how recreational running is organised and experienced today.
Our aim is to use them in crafting a much larger study of how different forms of health-enhancing exercise might be encouraged. The background belief is that, as wider societies become increasingly sedentary, an appreciation of how recreational running is now experienced could help identify various new ways of helping others become more active.
28 November 2013
Solving the mystery of the biology of ageing
A lecture by David Gems, Professor of Biogerontology, Institute of Healthy Ageing, UCL
Recent advances in biogerontology (the biology of ageing) have identified many genes and pathways where intervention in animals can decelerate ageing, which results in partial resistance to a wide spectrum of ageing-related diseases, and an increase in healthy lifespan. This raises the prospect of a new, preventative approach in humans to the disease that is ageing to improve late-life health in the future. This event forms part of UCL's Festival of Ageing. Further details and registration
6 November 2013
Working Longer in an Ageing Society
An UCL/International Longevity Centre-UK discussion
According to latest ONS figures, the average age at which people retire is rising. In addition, government is keen to promote an extension of working lives due to the fiscal pressures of population ageing. However, working into later life is more complex than simply delaying the official retirement age; influential factors will also cause particular changes as society as whole grows older.
‘Working Longer in an Ageing Society’ is a panel discussion focussing on the issues of extending working lives. Organised and chaired by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), this event will feature perspectives from UCL academics and representatives from Carers UK to explore some of the salient issues related to working to later ages, with particular awareness of the role that health and wellbeing play.
The speakers will be:
Brian Beach, ILC-UK
Prof Diana Kuh, UCL
Ms Jenny Head, UCL
Ms Katherine Wilson, Carers UK
Register here This event forms part of UCL's Festival of Ageing.
6 November 2013
Bright Ideas is a one-off event for researchers and PhD students. In front of a live audience, each speaker will spend three minutes describing a challenge the world faces, and how their BRIGHT IDEA can help. After the presenters have shared their idea they will be lightly questioned by a panel including representatives from academia, industry, community, media and the research councils. The audience then has a chance to mingle and debate the issues before voting on what they’d like to support right there on the spot. Contact Roselle Thoreau
24 October 2013
The Alzheimer Enigma in an Ageing World
A lecture by Margaret Lock, McGill University, MontrealAlzheimer’s disease is increasingly described today as an epidemic, with estimates of 115 million cases worldwide by 2050. This lecture will explore the significance of risk predictions associated with biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease , and the irresolvable uncertainties such information raises for involved individuals and families. Further details and registration.
- Post-discussion report from Sahra Gibbon, UCL Anthropology
- This event forms part of UCL's Festival of Ageing
19-20 October 2013
sPins - an event commissioned by one of the cross-disciplinary research projects awarded a prize at the Behaviour Change Research Prize Workshop
sPins is an audio-visual installation inspired by the natural instinct of brushing long grass. The installation translates the gesture of touch into an interactive architectural performance. Further details
17 October 2013
Choreographing architectural gestures in urban spaces - an event commissioned by one of the cross-disciplinary research projects awarded a prize at the Behaviour Change Research Prize Workshop
Meet the designers behind the installation sPins, and consider the question: How can connecting people through public space promote social connection and well-being? We explore architectural responses through a series of Pecha Kucha talks. Further details and registration
17 September 2013
Human Co-operation at UCL
A small meeting, convened by Ruth Mace, UCL Anthropology and supported by GCHW, to present and discuss work on a range of approaches to understanding proximate determinants and ultimate evolutionary causes human co-operation (broadly defined). Talks include empirical, experimental and theoretical work on topics ranging from parochial altruism, punishment, prosociality and kinship and its role in promoting human co-operation. Speakers include those working at UCL, visitors, and collaborators, from anthropology, biology, computer science and other disciplines. Programme and registration
30 July 2013
Consultation Sessions: behaviour change and complex interventions: design and evaluation
Professor Linda Collins and Professor John W Graham, who are leading two behaviour change workshops on 29 July at UCL, would like to discuss how their methods can be applied to UCL academics research interests in one hour sessions.
- Unique opportunity for UCL research teams to learn more about Linda Collins and John Graham's methods
- NB: Interested researchers will need to complete an application form outlining the subject they have in mind for their consultation.Further details and application details
29 July 2013
Behaviour change and complex interventions: design and evaluation
Two workshops from UCL's Behaviour Change initiative led by vistiting academics from Pennsylvania State University. Linda Collins, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will lead the morning session: 'Behavioural Interventions: an introductions to the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for engineering better behavioural interventions'. John W. Graham will lead the afternoon session: 'Missing data: analysis and design'. Programme and further workshop details Register for the workshop
13 May 2013
Behaviour change is increasingly recognised as central to human wellbeing, social cohesion and sustainability. The planned UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (UCL CBC) will bring together current world-leading activities.
The meeting will be followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building. Further details and registration
UCL staff, students and members of the public are cordially invited to a series of events to mark the launch of UCL’s Science, Medicine & Society Network – a Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing initiative. Further details
22 April 2013
Optimized Behavioral Interventions: What Does Control Systems Engineering Have to Offer?
How can the technology that is responsible for cruise control in automobiles, the home thermostat, and the insulin pump be useful in behavioral intervention settings? Professor Rivera, Arizona State University, will examine this question in his talk at UCL by focusing on the problem of adaptive, time-varying interventions. Further details. Forms part of UCL's Behaviour Change Initiative.
1 March 2013
The domain co-leads: Beverley Butler (Institute of Archaeology), Anne Lanceley (Women's Cancer), Murray Fraser (Bartlett School of Architecture) and Andrew Flinn (Dept of Information Studies) are holding a preliminary meeting / workshop to introduce research and researchers at UCL interested in heritage and value, well-being and identity. This workshop will provide an opportunity for individuals with similar interests to meet each other and discuss potential collaborations and to contribute to the discussions on the vision and priorities for the domain. Register
Throughout February, an exciting programme of events has been organised to celebrate diversity and examine the on-going and evolving challenges some groups face in education, work and the wider society. This year's theme is based on UCL's Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.
Event programme and registration
27 February (6-8pm)
Creating Connections 4
Are you looking for partners for a public engagement project? Want to build stronger links with community organisations? Have areas of research that may be of interest to the wider community? Would you like to get another view on your work from outside academia? If so, come along to Creating Connections, our regular networking event that brings together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations.
Further details and registration.
29 January 2013
Learn more about our small grants scheme, which supports cross-disciplinary projects up to a maximum of £5,000, and the projects which have been made possible in the past. Four UCL researchers will make short presentations about their projects. Further details and registration.
Behaviour Change Month
What shapes human behaviour? What stands in the way of long-term, positive behaviour change? How can research inform the design of effective interventions to change behaviour? Where should we most effectively intervene – at the macro or the micro level? How do we measure behaviour change? These were just some of the fundamental questions that were addressed in a series of cross-disciplinary talks, discussions, and workshops during UCL Behaviour Change Month in November 2012. The month concluded with a £10,000 prize workshop. Behaviour Change month was oranised by GCHW and led by Professor Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology, Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology.
13 August 2012
Why do we hold separate Paralympics and Olympic events?
Why should a Paralympian be different from an Olympian? It has been argued that Paralympic sports should be included within the Olympic Games, with some sports open to both Olympian and Paralympian athletes.
5 July 2012
Wellbeing and the Future: A UCL GCHW and Foresight Analysts Network Workshop
Led by Peter Antonioni (UCL Management Science) and Nick Maxwell (UCL Science & Technology) this workshop asked UCL's academic community to consider wellbeing as a strategic variable. Can wellbeing provide a new strategic inspiration for UK governance?
18-22 June 2012
MedTech Week and launch of UCL's Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBE)
The week of events is open to everybody and is aimed at both staff and students wanting to know more about the medical technology and biomedical engineering landscape at UCL.
1 June - 15 September 2012
Exhibition: Fit Bodies - Statues, Athletes and Power
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
What is a fit body? What do we mean by ‘fit’? The idea of fit body has changed over time or has it?
29 May 2012
The Science of Happiness
Organised by UCL Public Policy and GCHW
Happiness, wellbeing and quality of life have been climbing up the public policy agenda in recent years, with governments apparently devoting increasing attention to how to improve people’s life satisfaction. But what lies beneath these warm words about the need to improve quality of life?
18 May 2012
Crime, Policing and Citizenship: Project Launch Workshop
Supported by GCHW
Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, UCL is beginning a 3.5 year EPSRC funded research project that will address crime, policing and citizen engagement (CPC) at a range of spatial and temporal scales.
8 May 2012
Defusing the Age Bomb
Organised by the European Parliament UK Office
An ageing society and the financial crisis have increased the pressure on financing retirement and services for older people. At the same time social and economic changes disrupt traditional family units, cutting the two-way flow of experience and support between the older and younger generations. Alongside this, modern society has an ever greater need for lifelong learning and new skills. The challenge is to reframe the potential of ageing, and make the most of its potential. Registration and further details
2 May 2012
Wellbeing Policy Seminar Abstracts
Organised by the ESRC's International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health at UCL.
The current Office of National Statistics (ONS) programme to measure national well-being is unlikely to have escaped many people’s attention. Media attention on “happiness” has obscured the broader aims of this initiative, including measuring individual well-being in all its complexity.
- This workshop is invitation only but please contact the ICLS if you have an interest in this subject.
- Further details
26 April 2012
Active and Healthy Ageing
A one day workshop organised by UCL GCHW and Imperial College London, on behalf of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), to inform the development of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active & Healthy Ageing.
19 April 2012
From Ageing Research into Policy
A half day workshop organised by UCL Crucible and International Longevity Centre
- This workshop is now full
29 February 2012
Delivering Value-Based Healthcare: Maximising outcomes for every pound we spend
UCL Partners and the Greater London Authority
21 February 2012
13–17 February 2012
UCL Wellbeing Week
UCL Wellbeing Week, organised by GCHW, was a series of events, convened by Nick Tyler (Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, Director, UCL Crucible) which challenged researchers to think about wellbeing questions, some of them controversial, in a new light and to develop innovative research projects.
UCL Equalities & Diversity's programme of events to celebrate diversity and examine the ongoing and evolving challenges some groups face in education, work and the wider society, based on UCL GCHW
13 May 2011
2 March 2011
24 November 2010
21 June 2010
16 June 2010
17 May 2010
17 February 2010
2 December 2009
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