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IEHC PhD Poster Competition Winners!

The Institute held it's annual PhD poster competition on Friday 24th November 2017. The overall quality of work shown on the day was of a particularly high standard this year and both judges expressed how difficult it was to pick a winner on the day. However the winners of this year's poster prizes were...

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Report ‘Working for Everyone’ from ILC-UK and renEWL published

Based on research conducted by the ESRC and MRC funded Research on Extending Working Lives (renEWL) consortium, the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) has published a report discussing key findings and their policy implications. The report highlights socio-economic inequalities in working beyond the age of 50 and the impact that mental health and physical health, working conditions, informal caring responsibilities, and family structure, have on retirement transitions and workforce participation in later life.

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MRC LHA drop into The Green Man Festival

A group from UCL recently spent four days in rural Wales, participating in public engagement. The Green Man Festival drops scientists into Einstein’s Garden- an area dedicated to playful interactive science within the music festival.

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Spotlight: Madiha Sajid

IEHC talks to Madiha Sajid, Teaching & Learning Officer at IEHC and programme Administrator for our very own MSc Health Psychology programme. Read more

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Chest pain in people with diabetes

This study, undertaken by Nikita Berman as part of her iBSc in primary health care, has just been published in BMJ Open.  The paper was authored alongside Dr Melvyn Jones, also of PCPH.

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Rapid qualitative methods systematic review published

Dr Cecilia Vindrola, also a Research Associate in DAHR, recently published a co-authored systematic review on the use of rapid qualitative methods in complex health emergencies. Rapid qualitative methods were seen as beneficial in highlighting context-specific issues that need to be addressed locally, population-level behaviors influencing health service use, and organizational challenges in response planning and implementation. 

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DAHR Research Associates publishes palliative care and patient awareness papers

Dr Angelos Kassianos, an RA in the Department of Applied Health Research, has recently had two co-authored papers published, one in Supportive Care in Cancer and one in BMJ Open. The former, a meta-analysis and systematic review, suggests that cancer palliative care delivered by a specialized care team can positively impact patients’ health-related quality of life. Sustainable benefits are also demonstrated. On the other hand, the review also suggests that methodological problems of available studies like high attrition rates, low precision, low power, and poor description of intervention and control procedures call for higher-quality studies to be designed, funded and published.

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Microcephaly paper published in The Lancet

Professor Nora Groce from the Research Department of Epidemiology and Health Care recently co-authored a paper on the infectious cause of microcephaly, a condition brought to the world’s attention by the recent Zika outbreak: Devakumar D, Bamford A, Ferreira M, Broad J, Rosch R, Groce N, Breuer J, Cardoso M, Copp A, Alexandre P, Rodrigues L, Abubakar I, (2017) Infectious causes of microcephaly: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30398-5

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New Investigator Grants awarded to EPH staff

Two researchers in the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health have been awarded New Investigator Grants from the ESRC. New Investigator Grants support junior academics to become independent researchers. Dr. Rebecca Lacey will be investigating early life adversity, its clustering and associations with life course health. Dr. Afshin Zilanawala plans to examine nonstandard work schedules in the UK and their health implications for children and parents. From 131 proposals, Dr Lacey and Dr Zilanawala's proposals are two of only eleven funded thus far under the scheme. Both projects have received funding in the region of £300,000, and will commence in January 2018. Rebecca and Afshin will be mentored by Prof. Yvonne Kelly. Congratulations to both!   Read more

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PCPH Research paper of the Year 2016

PCPH Research Paper of the Year 2016 The members of the judging panel (Dr Julia Bailey, Dr Caroline Clarke and Irene Petersen) were pleased to note that the quality of entries was very high, and the broad range of topics and types of publication submitted reflect the diversity and inclusivity of PCPH.

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Row for Rwanda

Last month the Row for Rwanda team, featuring EPH’s very own Dr Anne McMunn, took part in the Great River Race, a 34km boat race on the Thames. Anne and her fellow rowers managed to stay dry, finishing the race in a little under their target of three hours. Most importantly, over  £7,000 was raised, which will be put towards building a dedicated residential home at ASFA Physiotherapy in Rwanda, with the aim of providing paediatric and rehabilitation services for disabled children in the Muganza area. If you feel able to make a donation, please visit the Row for Rwanda GoFundMe page

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Choosing general practice as a speciality

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and GPST4 Amber Appleton talks about her experience of choosing general practice, and the experiences of other trainees. A topical post given the current recruitment rates into general practice and psychiatry Read more

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UCL researcher recipient of ASLA Honour Award 2017

Dr Matluba Khan, Research Associate at the IEHC's,  Institute of Health Equity, has been recognised by the American Association of Landscape Architects as the recipient of the Honour Award in the Student Community Services category. Dr Khan has received this award for the outdoor learning environment she co-designed and developed in a Government primary school in Bangladesh, engaging children, teachers and the community. She also evaluated the impact of the designed schoolyard for children’s learning, play and well-being. The project was conducted as part of her PhD research at the University of Edinburgh 

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IEHC Director Professor Andrew Hayward welcomes all new students

I am very pleased to welcome our new students to the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care.  The overriding mission of our Institute is to improve population health across the life-course and reduce health inequalities.  We do this through highly interdisciplinary research into the determinants of health, how these can be addressed, and how our health care and other services can prevent and treat disease.  We also achieve this mission through our teaching, which aims to give our students the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in the world.  I wish you all the best in your studies whether this is your first degree, you are returning to education to further your career or you are embarking on a PhD.  Enjoy your time at UCL, enjoy London, ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to tell us how we can continue to improve the student experience.

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HiAP Conference 2018

HiAP 2018 A Strategy for Improving Population Health 6th of February 2018 - RSM, London Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to prevent causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity. This conference will ensure that attendees are informed about the health, equity, and sustainability consequences of various policy options during their policy development process, allowing them to improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

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Emily McBride awarded NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Emily McBride who has been awarded a prestigious 3 year National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship (NIHR DRF). Emily will primarily focus on reducing anxiety and distress in NHS patients receiving cervical cancer screening test results. This is because cervical screening procedures are changing to HPV Primary Testing in England from 2019, meaning the way in which test results are communicated needs to be nationally reviewed. The aim is to directly inform wording of NHS test result letters and develop a leaflet to accompany letters, targeted at minimising unnecessary anxiety and maximising future screening attendance. 

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