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New Funding secured for Shaping Public Health Policy

17 May 2019

University of Bristol’s Tobacco and Alcohol Group (TARG) is set to benefit from a new consortium, SPECTRUM

University of Bristol’s Tobacco and Alcohol Group (TARG) is set to benefit from a new consortium, SPECTRUM, which has been awarded future funding of £5.9 million over 5 years from UKPRP Consortia awards. The funds are to be used to develop, test and refine new, cost-effective approaches to preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and reduce health inequalities in the UK.

The funding is part of a £25 million UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) investment awarded to eight projects looking at the causes and prevention of NCDs which account for the majority of illnesses and deaths in the UK.

SPECTRUM (Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harM), led by Professor Linda Bauld (University of Edinburgh), aims to investigate the commercial determinants of health and health inequalities; the approaches commercial producers use to promote products, consumer choice and influence policy.

The consortium brings together leading researchers, charities, non-government organisations, policy makers (national and local) and the public, and its programme builds on of the work of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, focusing on tobacco and alcohol while also extending to foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

Professor Marcus Munafo of TARG is a Deputy Director of the SPECTRUM consortium.

A second UKPRP funding call for proposals for consortia and networks will be launched in autumn 2019. For more information about the UKPRP, please visit https://mrc.ukri.org/research/initiatives/prevention-research/ukprp/

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Written by Will Gawned

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