UCL Population Health Sciences


Faculty of Population Health Sciences success in 2018-19 Global Engagement Funds

25 October 2018

Researchers from the faculty have secured funding for a number of projects as part of the 2018-19 UCL Global Engagement Funds.

Global Engagement Fund 2018

The recipients of the 2018/19 Global Engagement Funds were revealed this September, with successful projects drawn from a wide range of research areas.

This year, Faculty of Population Health Sciences researchers submitted 24 applications to the Global Engagement Fund, with 17 successful applicants (including 5 partly or jointly funded).

Among the successful applications was Professr Jenny Mindell, Professor of Public Health (Institute of Global Health), who secured funding for her project, ‘Transport’s impact on health and inequalities in Latin American cities.’

Professor Mindell explains: “This funding will pay for a colleague from Temuco, Chile and me to travel to Havana to work with architects and epidemiologists from two Cuban institutions to work on a number of items in our first work plan, focussing on capacity-building.”

About the Global Engagement Fund

Since the funds’ inception in 2015, UCL’s Global Engagement Office has allocated more than £500,000 in funding, supporting over 400 UCL academics in partnering with 464 organisations in 79 countries worldwide. This includes 110 awards of up to £2k to SLMS academics – with a total of £173k awarded overall. Projects took place with a diverse range of partners across the globe and results from the first two rounds show a capacity build of £2.7m in external grants won and 72% of recipients planning to produce an academic publication with their international partners.

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Faculty of Population Health Sciences fund recipients for 2018

Institute for Global Health

  • Dr. Delan Devakumar - No lost generation: Exploring adolescent wellbeing and mental health in contexts of mass displacement in the Bekaa Valley
  • Dr. Edward Fottrell - Understanding the mental health of people living with chronic disease in rural South Africa
  • Dr. Qiuju Li - Investigating risk factors for cancer after solid organ or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

  • Dr. Matluba Khan - Exploration of Education and Recreation Interventions for the Well-Being of Rohingya Children in Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Logan Manikam - Childhood Infections and Pollution (CHIP) Study: Using citizen science to better manage and prevent infections in under 5s in Indian urban slums
  • Dr. Anne McMunn - Health impacts of the social and built environment   
  • Prof. Jennifer Mindell - Transport's impacts on health and inequalities in Latin American cities

GOS Institute of Child Health

  • Dr. Michelle Heys - Improving quality of newborn care in under resourced settings: Zimbabwe-UCL NeoTree collaborative
  • Dr. Amal Khanolkar - Comparison of diabetes care and control, co-morbidities and complications in children and young people with diabetes in India and the United Kingdom
  • Prof. Nigel Klein - Unlocking the potential of sequencing in research in Zimbabwe 
  • Dr. Lorna Benton - Building a Peru-UK partnership to explore and develop participatory solutions for optimal maternal and infant health


Institute of Cardiovascular Science

  • Dr. Thomas Treibel and Prof. James Moon - Improving Cardiac Diagnosis in Developing Countries with Ultrafast Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

  • Mrs. Madiha Sajid - Introducing ''Inclusive Education'' in schools through the collaboration of teachers and occupational therapists
  • Dr. Andrea Smith - Supporting research to investigate the aetiology and prevent obesity in the UK and Mexico

Institute of Health Informatics

  • Dr. Sheng-Chia Chung - Collaboration in population linked health records between the UK and Taiwan for international comparison of cardiovascular diseases.