Spirit of SLMS Winner (Scientific Excellence & Leadership): Andrea Smith

Andrea is an Austrian-British student who completed her PhD in 2018 in the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health investigating the genetic and environmental origins of food and drink preferences and their relationship with adiposity, under the supervision of Dr Clare Llewellyn. She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher in the new UCL-based NIHR Obesity Policy Research Unit.

Spotlight: Dr Anne Peasey

This month IEHC talks to Dr Anne Peasey, IEHC Director of Education, Institute Graduate Tutor (Taught) and Director of the MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology programme 

Spotlight: Floriana Bortolotti

This month IEHC talks to Floriana Bortolotti, Administrative Assistant and Green Champion within the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. 

Leonard Cheshire launches data portal with DFID

Leonard Cheshire and the Department for International Development (DFID) has launched a disability data portal at the Global Disability Summit on 24th July 2018. The Leonard Cheshire Disability portal will tackle gaps in data and provide detailed and high-quality information related to a range of specific disabilities. For the first-time, disaggregated data from multiple and diverse sources across 16 development indicators in 40 countries will be pooled together in one resource and cross-country comparisons can be made. Data around key development themes including inclusive education, economic empowerment, technology/innovation and stigma/discrimination is now available. The portal will help the global community to identify and understand the lives of people with disabilities around the world and specific measures and strategies can therefore be implemented accordingly. https://www.disabilitydataportal.com/

£10m to widen accessibility of assistive technology

The Leonard Cheshire Research Centre is excited to be part of the £10m research grant awarded to the Global Disability Innovation (GDI) Hub at UCL from the Department for International Development (DfiD). This grant aims to widen access to assistive technology for disabled people; the funding will support the AT:2030–Life Changing Assistive Technology for All and will support six distinct projects. For example, the funding will help to create an Innovation Hub in east Africa led by the Government of Kenya and the University of Nairobi, to test and trial new ideas. The AT:2030 project aims to achieve at least 10 disruptive technologies with potential for life-changing impact, six innovative service delivery models and to reach at least 3 million people by the end of the project.

IEHC Senior Promotions

We are extremely happy to report that Senior Promotions for 2017-18 have been announced and that the dedication of many staff across IEHC has been recognised (effective 1st October 2018). These promotions reflect excellent contributions in teaching, research, development of others and real world impact. Please join me in congratulating the following staff on their well-deserved promotion:

BSc Population Health Open Day

UCL held it's Undergraduate Open Day on Friday 29th June and Saturday 30th June. The event was fully booked and IEHC's BSc Population Health team welcomed potential students to help them to get to know us, our campus and surroundings, and enable them to decide if UCL is the right place for them to study.

Spotlight: Richard Marsh

This month IEHC talks to Richard Marsh, Institute Manager for UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC)