PLAN-A Dissemination Seminar

Thursday 14th Sept 2017, 14.00-17.00

Hopkins Lecture Room 2D2, Priory Road Complex, 12 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TU

PLAN-A (or Peer-Led physical Activity iNtervention for Adolescent girls) aimed to find out whether Year 8 girls who received training to be a “peer-supporter” could encourage their friends to adopt an active lifestyle. 

The dissemination seminar consisted of a presentation of study findings, a panel Q & A and an opportunity to view intervention materials.  

NIHR School for Public Health Annual Scientific Meeting

March 23, 2017, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

This event, the fifth NIHR SPHR Annual Scientific Meeting, was titled 'Maximising impact: ‘Strengthening research into practice interfaces'

The School’s academic researchers were joined by invited guests from across the public health system for a day of presentations, workshops and debates on translating the knowledge and evidence generated by the School’s research into practice and maximising impact. The event also marked the progress made in the School’s first five years.

The event was attended by over 140 delegates including NIHR SPHR academics/researchers and colleagues from across the public health system. Professor Jon Nicholl, Director of NIHR SPHR, opened the event with an overview of the School’s accomplishments in its first five years. Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health then gave a presentation on ‘Improving the interface of public health and policy’ followed by a question and answer session.

The day took the format of parallel sessions on each of the School Wide Programmes - Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES), Alcohol, Health Inequalities: Communities in Control, and Ageing Well - followed by another round of parallel sessions on the emerging impact of the School’s research in a range of areas.

This was followed by a lively and thought-provoking discussion with apanel of experts in public health policy, practice and impact assessment. The event was closed by School Director, Professor Ashley Adamson, who gave a summary look ahead to the School’s next five years, thanked everyone for attending and the organisers for their hard work.

The event was live tweeted and a Storify has been created to capture activity from the day.

Download parallel session presentation slides (pdf).

South West Public Health Scientific Conference 2017

March 14, 2017, Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa, Redcliff Hill, Bristol BS1 6SQ

The Scientific Conference 2017 showcased both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West. The programme consisted of an exciting mix of plenary presentations, parallel sessions and electronic poster presentations. The event promoted debate and new learning across the full range of public health disciplines in the South West.

The conference was attended by a wide range of public health academic and service professionals throughout the region, working in local authorities, educational institutions, the NHS, Public Health England, business and the community and voluntary sector. 

To view tweets from throughout the day, see the event on Twitter #SWPH17 @DECIPHerCentre

Jerry Morris Memorial Lecture

16th Feburary 2017, Room 2D3 Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, BS8 1TU

The Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences held the 2017 Jerry Morris Memorial Public Lecture, which this year was delivered by Professor Dianne Ward of The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. The lecture was titled "Making Early Years Spaces Active Places."

Dianne Ward is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Research Fellow at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Professor Ward’s research focuses on the prevention of obesity through school and community-based, multilevel interventions that promote physical activity and healthy eating. Included in her research are efforts to understand the determinants of physical activity and healthy eating in children, and strategies for measuring the nutrition and physical activity characteristics of organizational settings.

The evening included a prize-giving, at which three of our MSc students in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health were presented with awards for excellence. The lecture and prize-giving was followed by a drinks and light finger buffet.

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