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Obesity Policy Research Unit

The Department of Health has announced £5 million of funding for a new 5-year Obesity Policy Research Unit at University College London. It will give independent advice to policy makers and analysts, and develop understanding on the causes of childhood obesity, looking at social inequalities, the early years of childhood, and marketing to children and families. The Unit is led by Professor Russell Viner from the Institute of Child Health, but BSH are providing one of the four work streams. This will be led by Professor Andrew Steptoe supported by Dr Clare Llewellyn, Dr Abi Fisher and Dr Helen Croker, with new research staff joining the Obesity Research Group. It will provide an excellent opportunity to increase the policy impact of our childhood obesity work.

Published: Aug 24, 2017 6:10:34 PM

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. 

Published: Aug 16, 2017 3:28:10 PM

Graduate Degree Ceremony

Congratulations to our recent PhD and Master’s graduates. The degree ceremony was held on the 5th of July 2017. Our PhD graduates include: Hilary Davies, Elaine Douglas, Ruth Hackett, Claudia Hunot, Dimitrios Koutoukidis, Samantha Quaife, Amy Ronaldson, Hayley Syrad, and Rachael Dodd.

Published: Jul 6, 2017 2:28:44 PM

Dr Samantha Quaife awarded a CRUK Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Samantha Quaife who has been awarded a 3 year Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship which starts on October 1st 2017. The fellowship, titled “Uptake of lung cancer screening with high-risk groups: harnessing psychological targets for intervention”, will apply behavioural science to first identify, and then target, the psychological determinants of non-participation in lung cancer screening by current smokers and individuals of a low socioeconomic status. The findings will begin a pragmatic evidence base to inform the design of lung cancer screening communication as well as engagement strategies for early detection of lung cancer more widely.

Published: Jul 4, 2017 4:28:00 PM

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