Loch Lomond Trip
A small group of new MPH students took a trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond at the beginning of October. The trip was paid for by the Public Health unit as a way for our new students to get to know each other and, particularly for those not from Scotland, to see some of the beautiful countryside nearby as well as learn something of Scotland’s history and culture. The feedback from the students was very positive and everyone seems to have enjoyed the experience!
Best University Teacher Award
Congratulations to two former Public Health PhD students, now Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturers in IHW. Dr Kashif Shafique and Dr Zia UL Haq won a National award for "Best University Teacher, 2016" from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. They have dedicated this award to their wonderful teachers at Glasgow University.
Zia Ul Haq is the Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Public Health & Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan. He earned his PhD in Public Health from the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Professor Jill Pell and Dr Daniel Mackay (2011-2014). He is the author of many international impact factor articles and Primary Investigator of several large ongoing studies and is supervising several PhD, Masters and MPhil students. He received a life time achievement award in February 2017 in recognition of his services in the field of Public Health.
Kashif Shafique is the Associate Professor and Principal - School of Public Health and Head - Department of Research, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan. He earned his PhD in Public Health from the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Dr David Morrison (2010-2013). He is the author of more than 40 international impact factor articles and Primary Investigator of several ongoing research studies. He has successfully supervised research theses of more than 25 postgraduate students to date and received a Future Cancer Research Leader award by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France.
The 26th Conference theme was "Eliminating Occupational Risk: Translating Research into Action" and focussed on drawing together the latest work from scientists around the world and synthesizing conclusions into a series of actions that could be implemented into future work. The event was spread over 4 days, from Monday 28th August to Thursday 31st August and took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
As well as being part of the Organising Committee and chairing one of the plenary sessions, Prof Ewan Macdonald was also an exhibitor at the event. The aim of this was to highlight the work of the Healthy Working Lives Group, which works to improve the well-being, maximise potential and reduce health inequalities of the working age population through health promotion, health protection, rehabilitation, employability and lifelong learning.
Ewan was joined by Dr Judith Brown, Dr Drushca Lalloo, Dr Lia Demou and Dr Sibel Kiran from Turkey. Eileen Rae and Karen Taggart, the HWL Group Administrators also attended.
The MPH PIP (Project in Progress) presentations event took place on Tuesday 30th May at the Wolfson Medical School Building. Twenty five MPH students submitting their projects in August made excellent presentations and feedback from the event has been very positive. Prizes for the presentations staff enjoyed most have been awarded to Naomi Ferguson, Chris Grant, Jenny Harbour and Kathy Owens.
Meet the Expert
Jana Anderson joined other researchers for British Science Week at Glasgow Science Centre as part of the Meet the Expert programme. This year Biology Week was between Friday 10th March and Saturday 18th March. The Meet the Expert programme provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with families and school groups about health research in a fun and informative way. Jana presented work on how diet and related lifestyle affect our health and explored the link between diet, physical activity and the most common health conditions.