Commonwealth Scholars Event 6th February 2016

Commonwealth Scholars Event 6th February 2016

On February 06 2016, the Scoltand Regional Network (SRN) of Commonwealth Scholars (http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/networks/regional-networks/scotland/) ‌hosted ‌their first regional network event for the 2015-16 academic year in the University of Glasgow. The Scoltand Regional Network of Commonwealth scholars is a network of international students studying on Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in various Scottish Universities. Candidates for the Commonwealth scholarship are selected on the basis of "merit and their potential contribution to the needs of their home countries". Attended by approximately 40 scholars from across Scotland, the regional network event was an opportunity for scholars and fellows to network and share ideas on how to contribute to the needs of their home countries while studying in the UK.

Shadrach Dare, a PhD student in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and a cordinator for the Commonwealth Scholars in Scotland (West), and Anisha Samantara, University of Glasgow rep, hosted the event, with support from the Department of Public Health and Recruitment and International Office. Currently there are 20 scholars studying on Commonwealth scholarships in the University of Glasgow, of which three are in the Department of Public Health. To read more about Commonwealth scholarships and activities of scholars, visit http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/about-us/

Regards
Dare, Shadrach‌
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IHW Researcher Dr Beverly Bergman

IHW Researcher Dr Beverly Bergman

 IHW PhD researcher Dr Beverly Bergman’s work attracted widespread media attention recently following the publication of a paper which reported that military ‌veterans were at 50% higher risk of developing motor neurone disease compared with people with no record of military service.  The story was reported by over 100 newspapers and online news sites including the BBC http://bbc.in/1LwOyDy  and as far afield as the Middle East and India, and an interview with Beverly was broadcast on Forces TV http://forces.tv/32295137 .  The coverage led to the paper receiving an Altmetric score of 94, placing it in the top 5% out of 5 million research outputs evaluated for online attention.  The findings from Beverly’s study are very similar to the results of a large study of US military personnel published in 2005, and provide important further evidence of increased risk of this rare but devastating disease associated with military service; the two papers together cover almost 100 years of service.   Beverly has been researching the long-term health of military veterans in Scotland who were born between 1945 and 1985 and who served between 1960 and 2012.  She has also published a number of other papers on aspects of veterans’ health including coronary heart disease, alcoholic liver disease, and cervical cancer in women veterans.

Celebrating Midspan Studies

Celebrating Midspan Studies

photo of Midspan Poster, celebrating Midspan StudiesA poster display of findings from the Midspan studies begins its tour in Renfrew Library on 18th December 2015. These large health studies of nearly 30,000 people, mainly in the west of Scotland, began in the 1960s. Over the following years, information provided was combined with causes of death and hospital use to help understand how behaviours and lifestyle affect health. Results have been published in over 200 papers, and the poster display will extend the coverage to the public and help deliver public health messages. Topics covered are obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking, respiratory disease, stroke, socioeconomic factors and perceptions of family history of heart disease.

Explorathon 2015

Explorathon 2015

It was a fun night at the Explorathon 2015 that took place on Friday the 25th September. Over 2,500 tickets were issued in advance for the Glasgow Science Centre alone, with the event completely sold out. Dr Jana Anderson from Public Health and the Institute of Health & Wellbeing was there to speak to the people of Glasgow about the importance of a healthy balanced diet and other protective factors against obesity and connected ill health.

Visit by Paul Brandt Rauf, DrPH MD DSc,

Visit by Paul Brandt Rauf, DrPH MD DSc,

Paul Brandt Rauf  DrPH MD DSc is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University , and is visiting our Healthy Working Lives Group on the morning of the 4th August and has kindly agreed to give a lecture.

Global Health and Environmental Justice: Footprints, Fairness and the Future of the Planet” which will cover work he has done in Bangladesh and elsewhere. He is an excellent speaker.

His research and expertise includes occupational and environmental carcinogenesis, occupational health and safety, oncogenes, and risk assessment and communication, and he is is editor of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental medicine and a member of the editorial board of Biomarkers.

Annual Staff and Student BBQ

Annual Staff and Student BBQ

Liya Lu Family Barbecue BBQ Public Health HEHTA 2015The annual Public Health/HEHTA barbecue was held in the gardens of 1 Lilybank Gardens on the 19th June.  The barbecue was a lovely way to round off the teaching year and was well attended by staff, students and family.  There was lots of lovely food and even some sunshine!  The barbecue has been running for more than 20 years now and is a highlight of the Public Health/HEHTA social calendar for staff and students.