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MRC-Funded PhD Studentships

As a result of the government’s industrial strategy, the UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Partnership has received TEN additional MRC-funded PhD studentships available to start this September. The deadline for applications is midday 17th July.  Please visit the Find A PhD website for more details, including eligibility information.

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Institute Senior Promotions

UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care is extremely pleased to announce Senior Promotions for 2016-17.  These promotions reflect excellent contributions in teaching, research, development of others and real world impact, recognising the dedication of many IEHC staff. Congratulations to the following on their well-deserved promotions: 

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#IEHCtalks: I, Daniel Blake Video

The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care held its second successful film screening on 7 June 2017, this time showing Ken Loach's visceral I, Daniel Blake. The drama was followed by a short talk on health inequalities by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, before a panel discussion chaired by Dr Anne McMunn, involving Interim Institute Director Professor Andrew Hayward, BSc Population Health lead Dr Nicola Shelton, and Emeritus Professor Graham Scambler.  

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#IEHCtalks: Film Screening and Panel Discussion of I, Daniel Blake

The Institute held its latest film screening event on Wednesday 7 June. Staff and students were invited to watch I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach's dynamic portrayal of the hard-hitting realities faced by many citizens in the UK today. The theme of social inequalities is explored in the film, which, in the words of The Guardian, lays bare the cruel realities for those who fall through the cracks of society. The film certainly provided timely content on the eve of the General Election! 

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Dr Clare Llewellyn awarded prize for ‘Outstanding Research Supervision'

Dr Clare Llewellyn, Lecturer in Behavioural Obesity Research in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, was awarded a prize for ‘Outstanding Research Supervision' in this year’s Student Choice Teaching Awards. Over 1000 nominations were received for over 800 members of staff, as part of UCLU’s biggest ever awards. The award for ‘Outstanding Research Supervision' celebrates members of staff who help research students reach their fullest potential, as well as those who demonstrate the essential balance between providing support and fostering independence. The awardees were announced formally at a ceremony on June 5. Read more

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Atrial fibrillation as a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia

Atrial fibrillation is common at older ages and is known to increase the risk of stroke, which is itself a risk factor for dementia. Using longitudinal data from the Whitehall II study, spanning the age range 45 to 85 years with two-third of atrial fibrillation recorded in those less than 75 years, we show atrial fibrillation to be associated with accelerated cognitive decline and higher risk of dementia. Multistate models showed atrial fibrillation to also increase risk of dementia in those free of stroke, suggesting that clinical stroke does not fully explain the association between atrial fibrillation and dementia.

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Comparing reports of early life circumstances when asked retrospectively and prospectively

There is a high degree of similarity in the direction, but not magnitude of association between childhood exposures that have been prospectively collected in National Child Development Study and retrospectively collected in English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and wellbeing outcomes in mid-life. The findings on the one hand provide some reassurance to the growing literature using life history data to determine life course associations with later life wellbeing. On the other hand, the findings show an overestimation in the retrospective data, in part, arising from the absence in life history data of childhood measures that are not well suited to retrospective collection.

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Fabian Sailer presents at German Fair ‘Connecting Health Care & IT’

Fabian Sailer, (second from left), who wrote his Masters’ thesis about Chlamydia modelling last year at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health (within UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care), presented his results at the German fair “Connecting Health Care & IT”. The presentation was part of a junior researcher competition where he finished second. Find out more information

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BSc Population Health Student wins Summer School Place at University of Sydney

We would like to congratulate one of our BSc Population Health Year 1 students, Eshitha Vaz, who has been successful in gaining a place on the competitive UCL Tuition Fee Free Summer Places at the University of Sydney. Eshitha applied along with over 160 other UCL students and was awarded one of the four places. Successful applicants are awarded a bursary to provide financial support while undertaking the course, as well as a travel bursary of £1000.00. For more information about the BSc see www.ucl.ac.uk/bsc-population-health

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MRC Festival of Medical Research Exhibition: 70 years of...

The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL is holding an exhibition at the Four Corners Gallery from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June 10am – 6pm,  to exhibit some of the work done during the 70 years of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). Take a walk through 7 decades of social history visiting the background to the survey including original questionnaires and letters, news events, birthday cards and how data collection and management has developed and changed. On the Wednesday evening there will be a drinks reception with scientists on hand to take you through the exhibition.  Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-festival-of-medical-research-exhibition-70-years-of-tickets-34686697847

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Fran Harkness wins Faculty 3-minute Thesis competition

IEHC would like to congratulate Monica Koo and Fran Harkness who represented IEHC in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences annual 3-minute thesis competition on 26th April 2017. We are delighted to report that Fran Harkness (photo) won the competition overall and will go through to represent the Faculty at the UCL 3MT competition. Well done Fran!

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IEHC 3-minute Thesis competition winners

The Institute held its annual 3-minute thesis competition on Friday 24th March in the Galton Lecture Theatre in 1-19 Torrington Place. 

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Beacon Bursary Award

The UCL Public Engagement Unit has announced the awardees in the latest round of Beacon Bursaries. These awards are available to UCL staff and postgraduate research students looking to connect their research or teaching with people outside UCL.

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Success for the PCPH educational group at the SAPC regional conference

Two members of the Primary Care and Population Health educational group (Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) were awarded prizes at the recent SAPC (Society of Academic Primary Care) regional conference held at the University of Cambridge this January.

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Launch of UCL's Research Department of Behaviour Science and Health 

The Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health (www.ucl.ac.uk/bsh) is launched on 20th March.  Part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC), this new research department (led by Professor Andrew Steptoe) reflects the importance of behavioural sciences to the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, and brings together the Health Behaviour Research Centre and the Psychobiology Group.

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UCL Health and Society Summer School: Social Determinants of Health - 3rd to 7th July 2017

This one week non-residential summer school organised by EPH provides an in-depth assessment of the social determinants of health from a global research, policy and governance perspective. Professor Sir Michael Marmot will open the summer school with a presentation on the social determinants of health and close the week with a discussion on national and international policy development. For further information please visit the UCL Health and Society summer school: Social Determinants of Health website

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