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 2016/2017 Seminars

Date Unit Responsible Title Day
21st November 2016 BRHS Physical activity: patterns and promotion across the lifespan Monday
16th January 2017 Infection Sexual health promotion research at Public Health England Monday 
6th March 2017  PhD Upgrade Missed opportunities for the diagnosis of malaria in Primary Care Monday  
15th March 2017  PhD Upgrade The public health potential of currently available mobile health applications for increasing physical activity Wednesday 
24th April 2017  Clinical Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research TBC  Monday
18th May 2017  External speaker NoCLoR. Title TBC Thursday
17th July 2017 E-Health TBC Monday
31st July 2017  Health Improvement  TBC Monday 
21st September 2017  Teaching  TBC Thursday 
16th October 2017  Mental Health  TBC Monday 
20th November 2017  BRHS  TBC Thursday 
14th December 2017  CAPS  TBC

PRIMENT Seminars

PhD Upgrade Seminars

Date & Time: Monday 6th March 2017. 2pm

Title: Missed opportunities for the diagnosis of malaria in Primary Care

Speaker: Hamad Bastaki

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH. 2pm

Abstract: Between 2005 and 2014 there were a total of 15,828 reported cases of malaria imported to the UK. A delay in diagnosis, misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment are known risk factors for mortality related to imported malaria in those who seek healthcare. In primary care however, the prompt diagnosis and treatment of malaria is quite challenging and cases are easily missed.

The aim of the PhD is to review consultation behaviour in primary care prior to a diagnosis of malaria. The upgrade will present the results of a systematic review summarising the current time delays in the diagnosis and treatment of malaria and provide an outline for the remaining studies.  For these studies, The Health Improvement Network (THIN) primary care database will be used to identify missed opportunities for diagnosis of malaria in primary care, and subsequently, identify factors associated with a missed opportunity for diagnosis. 

Date & Time: Monday 13th March 2017. 2pm

Title: Contextual factors linked with sexual health risk for young Black Caribbean women in London

Speaker: Josina Calliste

Venue: Tutorial Room 13 (GROUND FLOOR, Royal Free Hospital)

Abstract: Black Caribbean people in England experience a disproportionate burden of certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs), in particular, gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Known risk factors behind poor sexual health for this ethnic group include concurrent sexual partnerships and a lower age of sexual debut. Young women within the Black Caribbean population are particularly vulnerable to various negative sexual health outcomes, including STI diagnosis, reinfection and repeat abortion.

The aim of the PhD is to explore wider social issues and cultural norms influencing sexual health risk, identifying specific factors behind age- and gender- based patterning of sexual health outcomes for this ethnic group. The upgrade will outline the two planned studies using qualitative approaches and discourse analysis.

Josina Calliste is a full-time PhD student, supervised by Dr Julia Bailey, Dr Fiona Burns and Dr Sonali Wayal. Her PhD is funded by the National Institute of Health Research’s Health Protection Research Unit in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections. She holds an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research and a BA in Sociology and International Relations. 

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th March 2017. 12.15pm

Title: The public health potential of currently available mobile health applications for increasing physical activity

Speaker: Paulina Bondaronek

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Abstract: The benefits of physical activity (PA) on disease prevention are well-documented. Within the new digital health care landscape, the rise of health applications (apps) creates novel prospects for public health interventions. Despite the wide distribution and popularity of PA apps, there are limited data on the quality of these apps. Research on the effectiveness of the apps, what users perceive as useful, and how they fit the mobile technology for behaviour change into their daily routines needs to be addressed in order to help tackle the significant public health concern on physical inactivity.

The aim of this PhD is to investigate the quality of PA apps on the market, to determine their efficacy and explore the user experience of using the PA apps. The upgrade will present the results of the review and content analysis of PA apps on the market and outline the next studies.

Paulina Bondaronek is a full-time PhD student at the UCL eHealth Unit, supervised by Prof Elizabeth Murray and Dr Fiona Hamilton. Her PhD is funded by the Medical Research Council. She holds an MSc in Health Psychology and a BSc in Psychology.

GP Tutors Annual Conference 2017

"The Mind in Medical Education"

Date:   Friday 17th March 2017

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

For queries please contact Carol Lynch

See the full conference page for more information

Previous Seminars

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 Patient and public involvement in health research Thursday
18th April 2016 Mental Health How can we encourage more smokers to seek help? The start2quit randomised trial Monday
19th May 2016 ISL Exploring the Regulatory Impact of Medical Revalidation in the United Kingdom - Findings from a Profession Wide Survey Thursday
21st June 2016 E-Health HeLP Diabetes Tuesday 
19th July 2016  External speaker  The challenges of developing and implementing effective family medicine in the occupied Palestinian territories Tuesday 
26th July 2016  E-Health  I-DECIDE Tuesday 
19th September 2016  Teaching  Patient and public engagement in UK medical education (or the rocky road to a Doctorate in Education) Monday 
20th October 2016  CAPS  The aftermath of the Liverpool Care Pathway - developing heuristics (rules-of-thumb) for practitioners making end of life decisions for people with dementia Thursday 

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