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PPP Special Interest Groups

Chalkboard Meetings 
led by Tim Cole and Ania Zylbersztejn

What is it about? 
PPP Chalkboard meetings aim to provide departmental support for ECRs working on fellowship applications. During the meeting, candidates can briefly discuss their proposal (with optional few slides), followed by a friendly discussion with the group. We encourage discussions at all stages of applications – from initial “emerging” ideas to draft applications, or applications awaiting interviews, and you can present more than once.
PPP Chalkboard meetings are also part of new internal review process for fellowship applications in PPP. For details of the new process, see the attached flow chart.

How to join?
The meetings will run monthly, on 3rd Thursday of the month at 1pm. To stay up to date & find out about useful resources for fellowship applications, join PPP Chalkboard Meetings on Teams, or get in touch with us via email.

Contact ania.zylbersztejn@ucl.ac.uk or tim.cole@ucl.ac.uk 

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Engagement Group 
led by Celine Lewis

What is it about? 
Engaging and involving patients and the public in research is key to ensuring our research remains patient-focused as well as ensuring the successful delivery and implementation of research findings. Our SIG seeks to provide a home to those planning engagement events who want some guidance from others, and for those who are currently involving patients in the design and delivery of research who want to share the lessons learned. Our SIG will hold regular talks to inspire us and resources to draw on.Engaging and involving patients and the public in research is key to ensuring our research remains patient-focused as well as ensuring the successful delivery and implementation of research findings. Our SIG seeks to provide a home to those planning engagement events who want some guidance from others, and for those who are currently involving patients in the design and delivery of research who want to share the lessons learned. Our SIG will hold regular talks to inspire us and resources to draw on. 

How to join?
Join us on Teams or contact celine.lewis@ucl.ac.uk

Further Links
Past Events
  • Healthy Debate/Faces of Healthcare (11th May 2020)
  • Air quality around Great Ormond Street: Maintaining the good side of the lockdown (9th July 2020)
  • Explaining scientific concepts to a wide range of audiences: reflections on a range of approaches (31st December 2020)
  • Involving and engaging patients and the public in research: showcasing the work of PPP (22nd February 2021)

Qualitative Special Interest Group
led by Myra Bluebond-Langner

What is it about? 
Qualitative research involves the use of rigorously developed methods to understand how people experience the world, with a focus on the retention of rich meaning when interpreting data. This SIG encourages the sharing of experiences and expertise to encourage collaboration, support researchers, and maintain the continued delivery of strong science from the department.

How to join?
Join us on Teams or contact bluebond@ucl.ac.uk


Statistics Group 
led by Lisanne Horvat-Gitsels and Bianca De Stavola

Who are we? 
We are a friendly bunch of academics with a shared passion for statistics. The aim of our special interest group is to increase the sense of statistical community, share methodological knowledge and expertise, and strengthen the institute’s research capacity in epidemiology and public health. 

How to join?
Our meetings run on the last Wednesday of the month from 1.30-3.00 pm, starting with informal Games & Challenges followed by the main event at 2 pm. Join us on Teams or contact lisanne.gitsels.11@ucl.ac.uk or b.destavola@ucl.ac.uk.

Next event?
On the 28th of July, Ofran Almossawi will be speaking on variable selection strategy for PICU mortality data. Click here to join the meeting.


Data Science - now incorporated within GOS ICH Informatics Group, or ICING group 
ICING is a new group for researchers using administrative data to answer a wide range of research questions about child health. The focus is on data routinely collected by the NHS. They host meetings every other month to highlight work using these data from across the institute. Meetings provide a forum to discuss the potential of these data as well as methodological challenges and optimization strategies. This group is part of the Data Science Strategic Initiative at ICH. 

How to join?
Join via Teams or contact p.hardelid@ucl.ac.uk


Global Health Special Interest Group - now incorporated within the ICH Global Health Strategy Initiative 
Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. This group aims to stimulate global health activities across the Institute and encourage new collaborations. 

How to join?
Contact Michelle Heys, m.heys@ucl.ac.uk or Jonathan Wells, j.wells@ucl.ac.uk


Mental Health

Our SIG focuses on discussing research and research ideas linked to supporting children, young people and families with mental health and wellbeing.  We had a fantastic first meeting with some great discussions and we'll now be holding both SIG meetings and Journal Clubs. 

How to join?
Contact Sophie Bennett, sophie.bennett.10@ucl.ac.uk


Social Determinants of Health Special Interest Group 
led by Rachel Knowles and Steve Hope

What is it about? 
Children who live and grow up with socioeconomic disadvantage suffer from worse mental and physical health than their more advantaged peers. Health inequalities such as these are often referred to as a “wicked problem”; complex, difficult to define and with no simple solutions. This SIG meets three times a year to bring together researchers within PPP who are engaged or interested in work to understand and tackle the multifaceted impacts of inequalities and the wider social determinants of health, at the levels of individuals and communities through to population.

How to join?
Join us on Teams or contact rachel.knowles@ucl.ac.uk or s.hope@ucl.ac.uk 

Past Events

Tackling the Wicked Problem of Child Health Inequalities (27th January 2021)


Any other queries? Contact the Communications Group
led by Lola Solebo
Contact us on ppp.communications@ucl.ac.uk