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CanTest Population Research Catalyst award

Yoryos Lyratzopoulos and the ECHO Research Group are leading the UCL component of a 5-year £5,000,000 multi-institutional grant from Cancer Research UK. It involves another 3 UK institutions (Cambridge, Exeter and Leeds) and 4 international partners in Melbourne (Australia), Seattle (U.S.), Houston (U.S.) and Aarhus (Denmark).

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International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) Phase 2

The Epidemiology of Cancer Healthcare and Outcomes (ECHO) Research Group led by Yoryos Lyratzopoulos (Behavioural Science and Health) has been awarded a 2 year grant for £360,000 jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for the ICBP Cancer Patient Care Pathways module. It will examine variations in care pathways to diagnosis and treatment across jurisdictions studied by the ICBP in 8 countries and 3 continents.

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Artificial sweeteners in health and obesity

Clare Llewellyn (Behavioural Science and Health) is part of an Horizon 2020 consortium that has been awarded €8,987,597 over 5 years to examine the role of non-nutritive sweeteners (artificial sweeteners) in health and obesity.

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Tobacco and Alcohol Research

Lion Shahab and Jamie Brown together with international collaborators have been awarded £100,467 by Cancer Research UK to investigate the comparative toxicological and psychopharmacological risk profile of novel so called heat-not-burn products, e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes until the end of 2019.  This cross-sectional, cross-over study will be the first independent study to assess these tobacco industry products which have only recently come to market in the UK.

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Advancing survival after cancer: Outcomes Trial (ASCOT)

The ASCOT trial led by Abi Fisher (Behavioural Science and Health) and Rebecca Beeken (University of Leeds) has been awarded an additional £188,892 by Cancer Research UK to continue the study until the end of 2018. The trial has randomised 1,150 survivors of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer to brief behavioural advice about healthy lifestyles versus usual care, with initial follow-up assessments at 3 and 6 months. In addition radiographer Nickola Pallin has been awarded a CRUK Predoctoral Fellowship to work with Abi and Rebecca to explore the feasibility of training radiographers to provide lifestyle advice to cancer patients.

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Discrimination and Health

Andrew Steptoe and Sarah Jackson (Behavioural Science and Health) have been awarded £159,000 by the ESRC through the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative for a study of the health impact of discrimination from a variety of sources, including age, disability, nationality and body weight.

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English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) directed by Andrew Steptoe has received additional funding of £2,215,045 from the Departments of Work and Pensions, Health and Social Care, Transport, and the ESRC to support Wave 9 of data collection (2018-2020). This will add to existing funds from the National Institute on Aging to ensure that Wave 9 will include full interviews with existing study members and a refreshment sample, nurse visits to assess biomarkers, and an online nutritional assessment.

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Spotlight: Joana Morrison

This month IEHC talks to Joana Morrsion who is a Research Associate within the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). Joana helps organise the hugely popular EPH guest speaker seminars and explains why the seminars are so important to everyone in IEHC and across UCL.

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Retirement influences verbal memory - published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

Dr Baowen Xue and colleagues examined whether retirement can influence cognitive decline. Using the British Whitehall II occupational cohort study, they found that declines in verbal memory were 38% faster after retirement compared to before, after taking account of age-related decline. They also found that higher employment grade was protective against verbal memory decline while people were still working, but this ‘protective effect’ was lost when individuals retired, resulting in a similar rate of decline post-retirement across employment grades.  Open access link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-017-0347-7

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ICLS continues to champion the Lifecourse sciences

The ESRC funded International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS) is a multi-disciplinary research Centre, bridging the social and biological sciences that was set up in January 2008 by Professor Mel Bartley. Professor Amanda Sacker took over as Director for the next phase of the Centre from January  2013 to March 2018 .    We are pleased to say that the centre will continue for another 3 years after having won ESRC transition funding. Professor Yvonne Kelly will be stepping into Prof Amanda Sackers’ shoes as Centre Director for this new phase which will focus on developing the impact of the research generated thus far.

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Successful bid for the first stage of EU’s Horizon 2020 “Teaming” programme

Prof Martin Bobak and Dr Hynek Pikhart (Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) are partners in a successful bid for the first stage of EU’s Horizon 2020 “Teaming” programme. The project, which began on 1st September 2017, is led by the Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The main objective is to develop new research capacity in the cross-cutting area of Environment and Health in Central and Eastern Europe. The first stage of funding provides one year of financial support for the preparation of the main application. The kick-off meeting was held on 6 November 2017.

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Success rates for quitting smoking in England have reached an all-time high

Dr Jamie Brown and Prof Robert West of the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health recently reported that quit success rates among smokers in England reached a new high during the first six months of 2017 (19.8%) compared with the average quit rate over the last decade (15.7%). This improvement was exclusively in those with lower socioeconomic status. The report was published in the Smoking in Britain journal and received media coverage from The Guardian and Public Health England

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Global Health Day 2017 poster competition winner - Dr Matluba Khan

Congratulation to IEHC's Dr Matluba Khan who won first prize in the Global Health Day 2017 poster competition organised as part of the Global Health Day conference 2017 on Monday 4th December at the Francis Crick Institute. The first global health day conference was organised jointly by University College London, Imperial College London, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King's College London, Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council.  The title of the poster was ‘Designing for well-being: the influence of a schoolyard intervention on children’s subjective well-being’, which presents partial findings of Matluba's PhD dissertation at the University of Edinburgh. As part of her PhD research project she co-designed and developed a schoolyard in Bangladesh with children, teachers and the community and evaluated the intervention for children’s academic performance and well-being. Matluba was presented her award by Dr Jim Smith, Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust.

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NEW Homeless and Inclusion Health module at UCL

IEHC are currently offering an exciting and dynamic module called Homeless and Inclusion Health which has been developed by the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health (part of Pathway) and UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. The module is available as a short or taster course and offers a unique opportunity for those with an interest in excluded or hard-to-reach groups the chance to learn from world-class UCL researchers, experienced policy makers and service providers, and former/current members of these communities. The module will run from 25th April - 7th June 2018. Spaces are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Full information and booking details can be found on IEHC’s Homeless and Inclusion Health webpage

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Third of over 75s unaware they have chronic kidney disease

Over one-third of people aged over 75 show evidence of having severe chronic kidney disease, according to research from UCL published in the latest NHS Digital Health Survey for England. By comparison, only 5 per cent of adults of that age reported that they had been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease by a doctor.

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IEHC Virtual Open Day

We will be holding a virtual open day on Monday 19th March 2018 from 12-2pm (GMT). The purpose of the event is to enable interested applicants to log in via a virtual chat room from anywhere in the world to ask our programme leads and administrators any questions they may have about our programmes.

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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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