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Health research news, events and info for the South West

Posts By: Samantha Warren

Take your research career to the next level - NIHR Fellowship Event

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blulogoMonday 23rd September 2013 12:45pm to 3:45pm

Wessex House Council Chambers, University of Bath

This event, from the Department for Health, will provide information on the various NIHR Fellowships, outline how the RDS-SW can assist candidates in applying for an NIHR Fellowship and give an insight into what makes a good application.

There will also be a number of guest speakers including Dr Lisa Cotterill, Director of the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre and Professor Matt Hickman, Vice Chair of the NIHR Fellowship Doctoral Panel.

If you would like more information please email Lisa Austin at or would like to attend please email Samantha Warren at


Rising Events 2013 Masterclass: Insight into treating and conditioning professional athletes

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30th November 2013, Brunel University Indoor Athletics Centre, London

This course is the first of its kind in the UK, specifically for health care professionals involved in the treatment, performance and rehabilitation of professional athletes of any given sport. Headline guest speakers will be present such as Dame Kelly Holmes, Linford Christie plus others. This event is for sports and medical professionals on how to manage the health of an athlete.

For further details and to book visit:


A New Dynamic of Ageing: The NDA Programme & Age UK research showcase of the decade

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Monday 21st October 2013, Business Design Centre, London

You all know that the UK population is ageing. You all know that there is significant work to be done to be better prepared for ageing in our society. So it’s crucial that all of us who work in and for later life use latest evidence on ageing to support those preparations. The New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme and Age UK are proud to provide a unique opportunity to present that evidence at this joint event.

This is the ageing research showcase of the decade, presenting the most comprehensive selection of state-of-the-art ageing research ever seen in the UK. This includes active ageing, quality of life, independence, dignity, money, work, environments, participation and connectivity to name a few. Throughout the day, you can hear from high profile speakers, pick up latest knowledge through our themed sessions, interact with exhibits in our innovative marketplace and meet the researchers. It will also be your chance to network with a wide range of colleagues from the public, private and charity sectors.

We hope you will join us at this landmark event and leave feeling inspired by the ways that the NDA Programme results and the latest innovations in research can influence your work to improve later life.

You can book online at:


Bath Pain Forum Summer 2013.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, out on a limb and irrelevant to me!

A presentation by Professor Candy McCabe, Consultant Nurse, RNHRD and Professor of Nursing and Pain Sciences, UWE

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 4:00-5:00pm

Lecture Hall, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Bath Pain Forum, this event is held 3-4 times a year and usually attracts a range of health professionals with an interest in chronic pain management. The event is free of charge, has a guest speaker and some allocated time to network after the talk.

The event aims to:

  • give an insight into the range of signs and symptoms experienced by those who suffer with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • discuss the latest research in this field
  • explore how new treatments for CRPS may now have a bearing on those conditions.

It is always useful to know in advance who may be coming so that we can plan, so please do email myself or our administrator, Lisa Buckle, at if you are interested in attending.


University of Bath project features on Government website

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Research from the University has been featured on this year’s Parliamentary report on Research & Development in assistive technology on the Department of Health website.

This annual report is published in accordance with section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 and describes the wide range of Government funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology that might increase the range of activities and independence or wellbeing of disabled and older people.

The front page of the report features In Touch, a project which aims to help people with dementia to connect with relatives or friends in other households as ‘virtual visits’, in order to reduce social isolation. The two-way video system provides a wide view of the family living room or kitchen, where the person with dementia could, for example, watch and hear the grandchildren playing.

The collaborators are the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME), the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Lisa Austin at Bath Research & Development and Dr Niki Panteli from the School of Management.

The project is funded by the Research in the Wild Call as part of the Digital Economy Programme. The Digital Economy Programme is a Research Councils UK cross council initiative led by EPSRC and contributed to by AHRC, ESRC, and MRC.

BIME, an independent charity aligned to the University of Bath, have a special mention in this report as they has increasingly focused their development activity to respond to requests from members of the public whose needs are not met by current products. These requests are put through a process of review and this is supplemented by advice from a panel of AT professionals, occupational therapists and physiotherapists from around the UK who identify the needs of their clients and critique existing assistive technology products.


NIHR Antimicrobial Resistance themed call: early announcement update

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We are pleased to announce that the NIHR Antimicrobial Resistance themed call will now be launching mid-July. Application forms will be available from participating programmes’ websites between July and December 2013 (EME & HTA Programmes opening first). This call is for research into the evaluation of public health measures, health care interventions and health services to reduce the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance and consequent morbidity.

This call for research is part of a coordinated response by the NIHR to the publication of the 2nd volume of the 2011 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer: Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance. It will also support the Department of Health-led UK Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (expected to be published in summer 2013) which sets out how the challenges outlined in the report will be met.

This call is intended to cover all aspects of translational, clinical and public health research that could, through new developments or changes in practice, contribute to a reduction in the spread or occurrence of antimicrobial resistance and consequent infections. Research may encompass better prevention, improved surveillance and monitoring and diagnosis as well as the more effective use of existing antibiotics, improved education and training and the development of new antimicrobial therapies and better treatment strategies.

The following NIHR programmes will participate in this call for research:
• Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
• Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
• Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
• Invention for Innovation (i4i)
• Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
• Public Health Research (PHR)
• Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
• Fellowships programmes

Further information on this call will be available online at from mid-July.


Research Design Service South West - Funding Opportunities

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RDSSWThe online calendar of the NIHR funding deadlines has been updated and can be found on our funding opportunities page. As ever, the calendar has additional features, such as hyperlinks to the specific funding webpages, and will be updated monthly.

The Research Design Service exists to provide help for people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. The RDS essentially consists of a team of people based in universities and the NHS across the South West, able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application. As the RDS is funded by the NIHR for this purpose, such help is provided free of charge.


Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) - Events

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On Wednesday 12 June we held an evening networking event to find out the latest news and innovations from guest speakers Professor Arlene Astell and Dr Tim Adlam from Challenging Obstacles and Barriers to Assistive Living Technologies (COBALT).

We also heard from Professor Ian Craddock, University of Bristol who introduced a new programme called Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment (SPHERE).

'Untitled #1' the Lego Robotics World Champions from Bath demonstrated their fingerprint recognition door entry system. The device supports people with dementia and other capacity reducing issues experienced in older age by giving memory prompts and photos of the person calling at their front door. The team of four girls and three boys are only 12 to 15 years old and are now researching the possibility of setting up their own business and bringing their doorbell device to market.

View the presentations from the event:

Challenging Obstacles and Barriers to Assistive Living Technologies (COBALT) project – Professor Arlene Astell, University of Sheffield and Dr Tim Adlam, Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME)

Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment (SPHERE) Programme – Professor Ian Craddock, University of Bristol

Update on news and events – Simon Bond, University of Bath Innovation Centre

This event links to the COBALT workshops taking place across the UK, the next workshop will be held on: Thursday 18th July 2013 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Great Western Museum of Steam, Swindon .

Also the next ALAN event, entitled Digital Health, will be held on: Thursday 21st November 2013 5.30pm – 9pm in Bristol (venue TBC).


Design 4 Health European Conference 2013

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D4HFinal bookings are now being taken for the 2nd European Conference on Design4Health. This year’s CPD certified conference encourages debate from a range of perspectives and disciplines. The programme covers innovation in services and devices, tackling a range of healthcare needs. It creates a forum for networking between academics , clinicians and businesses.

Dates: Wednesday 3rd July to Friday 5th July 2013

Venue: Cantor Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NU

The conference, organised by Lab4Living, has received an award from The Health Foundation and is supported by KT-Equal, Devices for Dignity, Creative Sheffield, Med-Tech Innovation and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY).

Book your three day or one day place now at:


ifOnly Inclusive Design Competition - Finalists' Movie

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if only

IfOnly is a concept and free smart phone app, designed by Bath R&D in the University of Bath, created to highlight practical problems that older and disabled people experience around the home.

Older and disabled people were asked to download the IfOnly smart phone app and upload short films of typical problems they encounter with household products. These videos formed the basis for the IfOnly competition with student designers viewing the films and attempting to create innovative design solutions to solve the illustrated problems.

The finalsits and winner were invited to make a video about what inspired their designs and to share their experiences of the competition. To watch simply click on the link: