Spotlight: Floriana Bortolotti

This month IEHC talks to Floriana Bortolotti, Administrative Assistant and Green Champion within the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. 

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/

£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.

IEHC Senior Promotions

We are extremely happy to report that Senior Promotions for 2017-18 have been announced and that the dedication of many staff across IEHC has been recognised (effective 1st October 2018). These promotions reflect excellent contributions in teaching, research, development of others and real world impact. Please join me in congratulating the following staff on their well-deserved promotion:

BSc Population Health Open Day

UCL held it's Undergraduate Open Day on Friday 29th June and Saturday 30th June. The event was fully booked and IEHC's BSc Population Health team welcomed potential students to help them to get to know us, our campus and surroundings, and enable them to decide if UCL is the right place for them to study.

Spotlight: Richard Marsh

This month IEHC talks to Richard Marsh, Institute Manager for UCL's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (IEHC)

Risk of dementia is increased in 50-year-olds with blood pressure below the current threshold for hypertension

New findings from the long-running Whitehall II study of over 10,000 civil servants has found 50-year-olds who had blood pressure that was higher than normal but still below the threshold commonly used when deciding to treat the condition, were at increased risk of developing dementia in later life. This increased risk was seen even when the study participants did not have other heart or blood vessel-related problems, according to the research, which is published in the European Heart Journal [1] on Wednesday. 

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.

Baby Food Matters

Dr Clare Llewellyn, leader of the Obesity research group in the Department of Behavioural Science (BSH) and Health, has published a book - "Baby Food Matters”. It provides parents with evidence-based guidance on what and how to feed infants and toddlers during the first 1000 days - from conception to their second birthday. The book summarises much of the research that has come out of the BSH over the last decade, and features the key findings from Gemini - a large population-based prospective twin cohort set up to establish genetic and environmental influence on early growth, with a focus on eating behaviour.

New BBC Short Film on Arts on Prescription

Dr Daisy Fancourt, Wellcome Research Fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health and a BBC New Generation Thinker, has presented a new short film for BBC Ideas on the national roll-out by NHS England of Social Prescribing (whereby patients are being referred to the arts and other community programmes by their GPs). Since its release at the end of April, the film has had over half a million views through Facebook and the BBC website.

Spotlight: Samantha Lawes

I am in the final year of a British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine PhD.  I am based in the Psychobiology Group in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

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. 

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.