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Spotlight: Joana Morrison

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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.

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

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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

ICLS continues to champion the Lifecourse sciences

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

Global Health Day 2017 poster competition winner - Dr Matluba Khan

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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.

NEW Homeless and Inclusion Health module at UCL

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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

Third of over 75s unaware they have chronic kidney disease

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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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