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 September 2017  Teaching  Thinking about teaching. The UCL Peer Dialogue Scheme Thursday 
16th October 2017  Mental Health  Doctors as Patients': Exploring the barriers and facilitators to help seeing for mental health problems by GPs and improving access to support Monday 
20th November 2017  BRHS  "From weight loss to tooth loss": new research avenues in the British Regional Heart Study to improve cardiovascular ageing Monday 
19th December 2017  CAPS  TBC
11th January 2018  Health Improvement  TBC  Thursday 
12th February 2018 Clinical Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research TBC  Monday 
15th March 2018  E-Health  TBC  Thursday 
16th April 2018  Teaching  TBC  Monday 
10th May 2018  Mental Health  TBC  Thursday 
16th July 2018  BRHS  TBC  Monday 
20th September 2018  CAPS  TBC  Thursday 
19th November 2018  Infection  TBC  Monday 
13th December 2018  PRIMENT  TBC  Thursday 

PRIMENT Seminars

PhD Upgrade Seminars

Date & Time: Wednesday 29th November 2017. 12.30 - 2.00pm

Speaker: Daniel Aggio

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title: Understanding the longitudinal patterns of physical activity from midlife to old age and their consequences for cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality risks: a study of older British men

Abstract: Physical activity is important for almost all aspects of healthy ageing. While the age-related decline in physical activity is clear, there are few studies with sufficient follow up to identify the long-term patterns of physical activity into old age. Therefore, the factors that predict these long-term patterns and their consequences for health remain poorly understood. The aim of this thesis is to improve our understanding of the long-term patterns of physical activity from midlife to old age and their consequences for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

This thesis will use data from the British Regional Heart Study, a prospective cohort study of men recruited in 1978-80 when they were aged 40 to 59 years. Study 1 examines how various physical activity measures track from midlife to old age. Study 2 identifies the 20-year trajectories of physical activity and the related predictors. Study 3 examines the association between the identified trajectories with novel and established CVD risk factors. Study 4 examines the association between the trajectories and subsequent CVD events, CVD mortality and all-cause mortality. This thesis will identify the most optimal physical activity patterns for health and inform long-term strategies for promoting physical activity in old age.

Date & Time: Tuesday 12th December 2017. 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Speaker: Noura Alomair

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title: Sexual and reproductive health of Saudi women: needs, perceptions, and experiences


Background: In the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA), there are currently no formal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education programs, leading to poor SRH knowledge and practices among Saudi women. This calls for the need for formal and culturally appropriate SRH education that responds to Saudi women’s needs. However, research is needed to explore women’s attitude towards SRH education and identify their needs and barriers to seeking sexual and reproductive healthcare in KSA.

Aim:  The overall aim of my thesis is to explore the SRH needs, perceptions and experiences of women in KSA; and provide recommendations for future SRH programs.

Study design:

Study 1: A systematic review to explore barriers and facilitators to sexual and reproductive wellbeing among Muslim women worldwide.

Study 2: Qualitative exploratory study using semi-structured interviews with Saudi women in Riyadh, KSA.

Study 3: Qualitative exploratory study using semi-structured interviews with different stakeholder groups including policy-making agencies and officials; healthcare providers, and religious scholars in the country.

The findings of the studies will help to develop and provide recommendations for future policies. Findings will be presented to the Saudi Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education as recommendations to pilot a pre-marital SRH counselling program, targeting young unmarried women in KSA if proven needed. 

Date & Time: Wednesday 13th December 2017. 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Speaker: Fabian Sailer

Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, PCPH

Title: Development of a multi-STI modelling software

Abstract: Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are often asymptomatic, but might have serious long-term consequences. This can burden health care systems. Many disease models exist that examine the cost-effectiveness of screening and treatment interventions for single STIs. However, co-infection with more than one STI is possible. Considering this within disease models may have an impact on the cost-effectiveness of interventions.

Aim:  I aim to develop a multi-STI model, which includes several STIs in a United Kingdom (UK) setting.

Methods: By the help of a systematic literature review I decided on the best modelling approach to set up a model of this kind. With the help of textbooks and expert interviews I decided which STIs should be included in the model.

Based on a literature review I develop drafts for each sub-model. Afterwards I refined these drafts in cooperation with STI experts. Subsequently all drafts are implemented by using the programming language Java.

Preliminary Results: This disease model is individual-based and uses a discrete event simulation approach. All STIs and sequelae considered in the model are represented by separate sub-models, which can interact with each other.

I developed sub-models for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Genital Herpes. All sub-models and the overall model are flexibly designed. This enables users of the model to adapt parameters, formulas, interactions, and the structure of sub-models if changes in medical knowledge occur.

GP Tutors Annual Conference 2018

"Quality in General Practice Education"

Date:   Friday 16th March 2018

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

For queries please email

2017 conference page

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
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 
4th May 2017  Clinical Epidemiology and Electronic Health Records Research Communicating risks and evidence to patients in a clear and balanced way Thursday
18th May 2017  External speaker NoCLoR. Title TBC Thursday
20th June 2017  External speaker Facilitating sexual health discussions in primary care with older Australians: Health practitioner perspectives Tuesday
3rd July 2017  External speaker Open access compliance  Monday 
21st July 2017 CAPS Challenges in delivering Innovative interventions for dementia Friday
31st July 2017  Health Improvement  TBC Monday 
16th August 2017  E-Health Development of a model of service delivery to standardise anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation in the NHS and testing the feasibility of an E-Health intervention to support delivery of this model Wednesday 
21st September 2017  Teaching  Thinking about teaching. The UCL Peer Dialogue Scheme Thursday 

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