Health Research

Health research news, events and info for the South West

Suicide rates in children and young people increase

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The Office for National Statistics published the UK suicide rates for 2014 on the 4th February 2016.  These new figures suggest an increase in suicide rates in children and young people in 2014, with up to two children (aged 10–14 years) and 15 young people (aged 15–19 years) in the UK committing suicide each month.

Professor Paul Stallard from the Univeristy of Bath's Department for Health,  has written a letter in the Lancet on this topic: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30204-5/abstract

Professor Stallard has conducted substantial NIHR funded research (PACES) based in the South West on effective school-based universal suicide prevention programmes, such as FRIENDS, and he urges more investment in these programmes.

 

 

Encountering pain: 2 day event at UCL

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Encountering Pain: hearing, seeing, speaking

A free 2-day live event and international conference at UCL

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2016

Keynote Speakers:
Joanna Bourke
Rita Charon
Christopher Eccleston
Maria Fitzgerald

Pain is not only expressed linguistically but through bodily movements, emotional reactions, and artistic expressions.

How do we respond when we encounter the pain of another? What happens when our own bodies encounter pain?  What tools do we possess when attempting to communicate pain and are there forms other than language for expressing it?

During these two days, we will explore a range of international and interdisciplinary approaches that can help us better understand encounters with pain both within and beyond the clinic.

The event will divert radically from the traditional academic conference format to encourage exchange between different groups affected by pain.

Register here.

 

Supporting non-medic Principal Investigators to be research active

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This video, produced by Bath Research & Development (BRD) and the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West Of England, aims to encourage non-medic Principal Investigators to be research active. The interviewee is Dr Krist Noonan, a neuropsychologist specialising in Dementia, who has been PI on a number of Dementia research projects. The interviewer is Sue Taylor, a Nurse Consultant (Research Delivery) for the NIHR CRN: West of England.

 

 

 

Webinar - Putting Behavioral Treatments for Pain Online: Evidence and Lessons

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) of Weill Cornell Medicine presents a webinar series on Mobile Health, Pain and Aging. The TRIPLL webinar series is a web based training resource for health professionals, researchers and community practitioners interested in various health and research topics related to later life pain. Please see below for more details and links to register.

Our Next Presentation is:

Putting Behavioral Treatments for Pain Online: Evidence and Lessons

Monday, March 21, 2016

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm GMT

Presenter: Christopher Eccleston, PhD. Professor of Medical Psychology and Director, Centre for Pain Research, The University of Bath

Overview: The population and personal burden of chronic pain is now well documented. There is good evidence that behavioral medicine interventions are effective in reaching the core goals of self-management: distress reduction, activity engagement, and a reduction in pain report. However, access to face-to-face therapy is poor, meaning that most of the population who could benefit have no opportunity to benefit. E-health interventions are often presented as a solution. But do they work?  This seminar reviews the evidence for psychological interventions and looks critically at those that have been tried on line. A summary of lessons learned and the features of potentially successful e-health innovations will be developed in the seminar.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

 

Book launch - Embodied: The psychology of physical sensation by Professor Christopher Eccleston

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We grow up thinking there are five senses, but we forget about the ten neglected senses of the body that both enable and limit our experience.

Wednesday 24th February 2016

7:15pm to 9:15pm

East Building 1.1

University of Bath

The launch will open with an introduction from Dr James Bilzon, Head of the University of Bath’s Department for Health.

Professor Chris Eccleston will then take us on a journey through the ten neglected senses of the body (balance, movement, pressure, breathing, fatigue, pain, itch, temperature, appetite, and expulsion), and explore how these senses both enable and limit our experience.

The launch will come to a close with a drinks and canapé reception, during which you will be able to purchase a copy of the book. If you would like to attend, please register here by the 16th February.

“Psychology is deeply intertwined with our bodily existence, yet this fact is poorly acknowledged. Embodied describes ten bodily sensations that are hardly discussed in introductory psychology textbooks. Each chapter guides the reader through the fascinating world within the skin, integrating sound scientific knowledge about bodily sensation with everyday experiences and stories of when things go awry. The book is at once instructive and entertaining, and guarantees a fresh insight. It is a delightful read.”

Omer Van den Bergh, Professor of Psychology, University of Leuven

 

 

New app will help people with autism influence tech developments

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A new mobile app has been launched that is hoping to tap into the creative juices of people with autism to find new tech solutions to some of the everyday challenges they face.

ASCmeI.T.’, a free mobile app available on Android and Apple, has been developed by a consortium of researchers from our University and the Universities of Southampton and Sussex with the simple aim of involving people with autism in the development of new technologies that could help them.

What kind of technologies would help?
It enables people with Autism Spectrum Conditions – as well as families, teachers, professionals, and anyone who supports someone with autism – to share their ideas on what kind of new technology would best help.

Through the app, users upload a one minute video explaining their idea which will be shared with researchers so that new developments in digital technologies for autism can be matched to support the needs of users.

Despite there being more than half a million people living with autism in the UK (around 1 in every 100), this is the first time such an initiative has been piloted. The researchers now hope it will lead to new developments - anything from technologies to support transitions, service delivery or inclusion through to bullying, learning or employment - that will be uniquely attuned to the needs of those with autism.

This project builds on another, led by Lisa Austin within the Department for Health at the University of Bath, ‘ifOnly’ which crowdsourced ideas for assistive technology that could help the elderly and people living with disabilities. This initiative was cited in a recent Parliamentary Report.

Find out more here.

 

Health Research Showcase review and video podcast

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The University of Bath and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust hosted an event to celebrate the collaborative health research that is being carried out in Bath.

The Health Research Showcase was held on Wednesday 17 June and attended by over 200 people, including public, academics and NHS staff. The showcase provided an opportunity to learn about how important health research is for improving people’s health and wellbeing, as well as improving patient experience and care.

Speakers, including Professor Chris Eccleston (UoB) and Professor Carol Peden (RUH), discussed the ‘Good News’ and ‘Bad News’ for common health issues such as cancer, pain, diabetes, arthritis and dementia; and how research is tackling these issues.

28730 Health Research Showcase 17 June 2015. This showcase, hosted by the University of Bath and Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, will be an afternoon of talks about how local health research is tackling issues such as cancer, pain, diabetes, arthritis and dementia; as well as issues regarding the management of NHS resources. Client: Sam Warren - Dept for Health

Health Research Showcase 17 June 2015. Professor Chris Eccleston

There was also a research poster display that highlighted the diversity of the health research being done by the University and the Hospital.

The showcase was well received and ended with a lively drinks reception, which gave attendees a chance to speak with the experts. Based on its success, the University of Bath and RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust aim to make the showcase an annual celebration of local research.

We are aiming to encourage fresh research collaborations between the University and the NHS.  If you would like to progress a research project with the Royal United Hospital, please contact Lisa Austin, Research manager, at l.austin@bath.ac.uk

You can watch the full showcase here.

 

European Forum focuses on impact of pain research

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Researchers from the University of Bath's Centre for Pain Research will be at the forefront of discussions during this week's Congress of the European Pain Federation.
Research from our Centre for Pain Research will take centre stage at this week’s Congress of the European Pain Federation, taking place in Vienna, focused on translating latest scientific evidence into the best clinical practice.

On Thursday, 4,000 delegates from all over the world travel to the Austrian capital for the ninth Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) with international delegates using the opportunity to discuss the latest scientific insights and approaches to treating pain.

Among leading scientists presenting at the Forum, Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of our Centre for Pain Research will Chair the Scientific Programme Committee for EFIC, bringing together leading scientists to craft an engaging and far-reaching scientific programme.

Dr Ed Keogh, Deputy Director, will lead the presentation of recent findings from work at Bath, along with the fellows and students.

 

Primary Care Research Meeting

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Wednesday 23rd September, 12pm to 2pm, University of Bath

This short Bath and North East Somerset GP Practices event, in collaboration with the Clinical Research Network: West of England, is aimed at promoting University and wider projects that are recruiting locally.

The event is open to GPs, Research Nurses, Practice Managers, Administrative staff plus related parties from research active or non-active practices. Although aimed primarily at practices located in BANES, interested parties are also welcome from Swindon and Wiltshire.

If you would like to attend please email Lisa Austin, Research Manager, at l.austin@bath.ac.uk

 

HRA Approval – Information for General Practices in England

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The Health Research Authority (HRA) was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research. The HRA are in the process of rolling out a new system for approving research in the NHS in England, called HRA Approval.

What is HRA Approval?

HRA Approval is an authoritative approval for research studies in the NHS in England, including independent contractors, such as General Practices. It comprises a review by a Research Ethics Committee (where applicable) and an assessment of regulatory compliance and related matters. HRA Approval provides assurance that a study has fulfilled all regulatory requirements. There will no longer be a separate local NHS assurance process.

What does this mean for GP Practices?

General Practices should feel confident about participating in a study that has HRA Approval.

Whilst practices will continue to have the final decision on whether to undertake a study based on their capacity and capability, close working will still be required with local primary care R&D offices, who will continue to provide support in a number of ways. Practices are able to start a study when the HRA Approval letter is granted AND local arrangements to set up the study are in place. You should liaise with the primary care R&D office supporting your area.

Sponsors will continue to communicate with the site through both the study delivery team and the research management team supporting that site.

When will HRA Approval be rolled out?

HRA Approval will be implemented in stages during 2015. New studies running only in a primary care setting will be eligible for HRA Approval from 10 August 2015. The ambition is for HRA Approval to be fully implemented by the end of December 2015.

How can I find out more about HRA Approval?

For more information, please see the HRA website: www.hra.nhs.uk. If you have any questions about HRA Approval, please speak to your local R&D office in the first instance. Local R&D office contacts can be found on the R&D Forum website. You can also contact hra.approvalprogramme@nhs.net.