Seminars and Events

Current Seminars

Aim:To provide a forum for departmental staff to share and learn about current research developments.


  • To provide an opportunity for speakers (internal and external) to  present work to the department.
  • To provide a space for staff to present research work in progress.
  • To generate and facilitate discussion and sharing of ideas about research substantive topics and methodologies.
  • To critique and develop research in an informal and supportive environment.

Timetable for 2015/2016 Seminars

Date Unit Responsible Title Day
17th September 2015 E-Health Alcohol Help Centre and Check Your Drinking: Can they reduce hazardous drinking in the UK? Thursday
19th October 2015 Teaching Undergraduate Medical Education in Israel. The views of an international Review Team Monday
29th October 2015 Central Services  Introduction to Information Governance Services Thursday
19th November 2015 CAPS Developing a complex behaviour change intervention for older people using 'co-design' methods: the experiences of the HomeHealth study Thursday
8th January 2016 Priment Increased mortality associated with weekend hospital admission: a case for expanded seven day services? An analysis of 2013/14 data Friday
14th January 2016  Royal Free R&D  Overview of HRA changes to research approvals Thursday 
21st January 2016  Madingley dry run  TBC  Thursday 
15th February 2016 BRHS Physical activity in the elderly: new findings from the British Regional Heart Study Monday
17th March 2016 Methodology TBC Thursday
18th April 2016 Mental Health TBC Monday
19th May 2016 ISL TBC Thursday
20th June 2016 E-Health TBC Monday
19th July 2016  E-Health  International development of family medicine in Palestine  Tuesday 
21st July 2016 Teaching TBC Thursday
19th September 2016 CAPS TBC Monday
20th October 2016 Mental Health TBC Thursday
21st November 2016 BRHS TBC Monday

PRIMENT Seminars

PhD Upgrade Seminars

Date & Time: Friday 5th February, 12:30 - 14:00

Title: Determining the effectiveness of gliptin therapy for type 2 diabetes mellitus using "real world" primary care data

Speaker: Manuj Sharma

Venue: Seminar rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Abstract: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a growing public health burden and its pharmacological treatment is becoming increasingly complex due to multiple treatment options now available to help manage the disease. Several novel treatments have emerged such as gliptins that have shown promise in term of glycaemic and weight control. However, many lack significant efficacy data with respect to reducing long-term complications of diabetes as well as data from more high risk population groups. Gliptin therapy, in particular, has been licensed since 2006 and its use has been reported to be increasing in the UK, hence the need for this data is more urgent. In this project, I aim to explore the effectiveness of gliptins in a "real world population" and to ultimately focus my analysis on outcomes not as well explored in clinical trials. All data used will be from electronic healthcare records in The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database. 

Date & Time: Tuesday 16th February, 12:30 - 14:30

Title: Epidemiological investigation of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and its potential implications to public health system in the UK

Speaker: Christina Ding Tao

Venue: Seminar room 2, PCPH **due to room size restrictions, this event will be limited to 20 places only. First come, first served basis and the catering order will be based on those numbers**

Abstract: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder affecting millions of women worldwide and is observed to associate with a great number of reproductive, metabolic and dermatological diseases. Consequently, women with PCOS are likely to need a variety of treatments tailored for different aspects of the condition and the economic burden of PCOS in the UK is potentially significant. However, limited data are available on the diagnosis and management of this condition. The aim of this project is to investigate the epidemiology of PCOS for the population in the UK and then establish the economic burden that PCOS population represents for our country. We consider a combination of data from a literature review and The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database.

This presentation will introduce the topic area for the PhD, describe the completed work and future plans for the remainder of the PhD. 

Date & Time: Monday 21st March, 12:30 - 14:30

Title: The economics of providing health care in prison

Speaker: Rachael Hunter

Venue: Seminar room 1, PCPH **due to room size restrictions, this event will be limited to 20 places only. First come, first served basis and the catering order will be based on those numbers**

Abstract: There is significant health inequality in prisons compared to the general population and higher mortality rates than their non-incarcerated peers. Delivering health care to this population presents the health and criminal justice system with challenges, both in terms of logistics as well as the significant resources required to meet the needs of this population.

There has been some research into the relationship between health and prison in regards to health problems associated with criminal behaviours and incarcerated populations, but less is known about the economics. Health care costs in prisons are growing at a faster rate than any other correctional cost, partially due to an aging prison population and increased demand for services. As a result the number of economic evaluations of health related interventions in prisons has increased significantly over the past decade to try to determine how to meet the needs of this complex group with the limited resources available.

This talk will look at what is currently known about the costs and consequences of delivering health care in prisons, the quality of current evidence and what needs to be done next. 

GP Tutors Annual Conference 2016

"Promoting General Practice"

Date:   Friday 15th April 2016

Venue: The Atrium, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2PF.

Booking details:

For any queries please contact Carol Lynch

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