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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/

Published: Aug 2, 2018 2:45:52 PM

£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.

Published: Aug 2, 2018 2:45:52 PM

Professor Richard Watt awarded £1.5m by NIHR Public Health Research

Supporting parents to develop effective parenting practices is an important strategy to tackle inequalities in childhood but major gaps remain in the evidence base for universal parenting programmes, especially for older children and families from disadvantaged and diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Professor Richard Watt in collaboration with the Race Equality Foundation and researchers from UCL, Imperial, Cambridge, Bristol and Middlesex universities has recently secured £1.5m funding from the NIHR Public Health Programme to undertake a 4-year multi-centre waiting list control RCT to evaluate Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities, a group based parenting intervention for families from ethnic and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Published: Jun 12, 2018 11:21:00 AM

Professor Mika Kivimaki awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Mika Kivimaki is one of 48 new Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences for 2018, who have been elected for their outstanding contributions to biomedical and health science, leading research discoveries, and translating developments into benefits for patients and the wider society.

Published: Jun 12, 2018 11:21:00 AM

UCL Health and Society Summer School: Social Determinants of Health - 2nd to 6th July 2018

The one week non-residential UCL Health and Society summer school: Social Determinants of Health will be held from 2nd to 6th July 2018 at UCL in central London. The summer school is organised by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. It provides an in-depth assessment of the social determinants of health from a global research, policy and governance perspective. Participants will have numerous opportunities for discussion over the one week course.Professor Sir Michael Marmot will open the summer school with a presentation on the social determinants of health and close the week with a lecture and discussion on national and international policy development. 

Published: May 10, 2018 12:05:47 PM

Sara Ahmadi-Abhari wins runner-up UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize 2018!

Sara Ahmadi-Abhari from UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health won runner-up prize at UCL’s Excellence in Health Research Prize 2018 (£2000 for career and research development) awarded by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain/School of Life and Medical Sciences. The competition was launched to recognise excellent peer-reviewed, published, original research authored by UCL early career researchers in the broad theme of populations and lifelong health. 

Published: Apr 26, 2018 4:38:04 PM

Who has a pension? NEW Lifecourse Podcast episode

In the latest episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Professor David Blane from UCL and Imperial College discusses the implications of new research into who has a pension. Occupational pensions: a bridge between social class before and after labour market exit? by Myer Glickman, Mel Bartley and David Blane finds that workers from the most advantaged social backgrounds are six times more likely than their least advantaged counterparts to be a member of an occupational pension scheme. In the podcast episode, Professor Blane explains the background to the research, the data used and what the findings mean for policymakers, employers and workers.

Published: Apr 23, 2018 1:29:16 PM

ICLS gets animated!

The research team at the International Centre for Lifecourse Studies has been getting animated in a bid to promote its special brand of science and explain how life gets under our skin. The Centre, with the help of Cognitive Media, has produced a short animated film (see below) showing how its research uses longitudinal studies to examine how people’s social circumstances and biology intertwine over their lives and impact on their health.

Published: Mar 19, 2018 2:27:29 PM

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.

Published: Dec 5, 2017 11:12:24 AM

HiAP Conference 2018

HiAP 2018 A Strategy for Improving Population Health 6th of February 2018 - RSM, London Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to prevent causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity. This conference will ensure that attendees are informed about the health, equity, and sustainability consequences of various policy options during their policy development process, allowing them to improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

Published: Sep 1, 2017 4:18:03 PM