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Newsletter No. 3:  26 June 2014  

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EBI Early Career Fellows 2014

Congratulations to Dr Phil Clatworthy (Experimental Psychology), Dr Jenna Cash (Physiology & Pharmacology) and Dr Becky Mars (Social & Community Medicine) who have just received EBI Early Career Fellowship awards and will begin their placements later this year. The EBI Early Career Fellowship scheme is designed to support a small number of exceptionally talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers who seek to further their career by applying for independent, externally-funded fellowships.

EBI Veterinary Clinical Primer award

Congratulations to Susan Armstrong (Veterinary Science) who has been awarded an EBI Veterinary Clinical Primer award. She will study genetic foundations of osteoarthritis and will be co-supervised by Professor Price and Dr Hammond. This scheme is designed to give outstanding early career veterinary clinicians the chance to experience a world-class research environment for the first time and is now in its second year of operation. 
Long-term effects of childhood experiences 

Prof Ian Penton-Voak (Experimental Psychology) has just been awarded an EBI Senior Fellowship which is designed to support ‘discipline hopping’, where permanent members of academic staff take time out of their usual environment to work with collaborators to develop a new research direction in biomedical or health research. Prof Penton-Voak will study the relationship between social and environmental exposures in childhood and behavioural outcomes of societal importance later in life, such as teenage pregnancy, aggressive behaviour and risk taking. This will include applying causal analysis techniques to test evolutionarily-derived hypotheses with a potential to reframe our understanding of issues with huge societal impact and inform interventions across a range of areas including public health policy. The fellowship will be based within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol.
Modelling connection between environment and health

Prof Thorsten Wagener has been awarded EBI Catalyst Funding for his project to demonstrate how macro-environmental processes, human/animal mobility and infection transmission can be linked through mechanistic modelling. The EBI Catalyst Fund is designed to support promising and ambitious ideas in health research across the widest interdisciplinary boundaries and particularly involve collaborations with researchers outside the traditional medical faculties.

EBI support for interdisciplinary projects

EBI has funding available to support interdisciplinary workshops and projects in health research. Please visit our website for more information and application deadlines. We want to hear from you: please contact Nina Couzin if you have an idea to discuss!

The WUN Public Health Global Challenge

The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Central Research Development Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to support research collaborations in Public Health (non-communicable diseases). More information can be found here. If you are interested in this scheme, please contact Susie Jim


The inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture by Dame Sally Davies

The inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture, 'The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance’ will be given by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health, UK. The lecture will be held on 26 November 2014, 6-7 pm, at the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Great Hall and will be followed by a drinks reception. The event is free to attend but registration is required. 
University of Bristol biomedical strategy review update

The Biomedical Review has reached the end of Phase 1 and the outcomes and recommendations can be found on the Biomedical Review web page (University of Bristol intranet access only). The EBI Directorate, together with the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, and Medical Faculty Deans and Faculty Research Directors, will play an important role in the implementation of the findings of the research review during Phase 2, ensuring that this works seamlessly with the delivery of biomedical and professional education, and the new faculty structures being put in place.
EBI support for developing a new cardiac pacemaker device
Prof Julian Paton (Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Bristol) and Dr Alain Nogaret (Physics, University of Bath) have been awarded a British Heart Foundation New Horizon Grant of £290,000 over 3 years to develop a new type of cardiac pacemaker device. This type of BHF grant is awarded to projects proposing novel and unique multi-disciplinary approaches to developing ways to combat cardiovascular disease. This application was supported by pilot data generated from new equipment purchased from Julian’s EBI TRACK Award (Translational Acceleration and Knowledge Transfer Award).
Medical students showcasing at Bridgwater Science Festival

A team of nine students and researchers from the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences visited Bridgwater Science Festival on 31 May to showcase a range of activities based on the human body. They answered questions from curious visitors, with a number of experiments including: What does my DNA look like? How big are my lungs? What do cells look like down a microscope? The event was enthusiastically received by the many visitors who took part. If this sounds like something that you would like to get involved in or you have an idea for a different type of public engagement activity, Hannah King would be pleased to hear from you.

Workshop on nanosystems for biomedical applications

We are planning an interdisciplinary workshop on engineering cooperative micro and nano systems for biomedical applications. The full scope, time and further details of the workshop will be announced shortly on our website. To register your interest in this workshop, please contact our team.

Pain: what does it mean to you?  

This interdisciplinary event was held on 22 May 2014 and brought together biomedical researchers, philosophers, health practitioners, patients and researchers from various Faculties at the University of Bristol interested in the subject of pain. Presentations by the panel speakers can now be viewed here.

New Elizabeth Blackwell Website is live!

We are pleased to announce the release of our newly redesigned website: take a look and find out about opportunities for you to get involved in health research. Please let us know what you think by sending your comments and suggestions to our team. We look forward to hearing from you.

From Bristol Health Partners

Health Integration Team conference and annual review

Bristol Health Partners has launched its first ever annual review at its Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 2 June. The conference showcased the work of the HITs, with updates from all 15 currently active teams. The review also includes a round-up of the health research activity across the partner organisations. To keep up to date with what is happening with Bristol Health Partners please subscribe to their email newsletter. It includes a regular focus on the work of one of its HITs, as well as upcoming events from across Bristol. See the latest edition and sign up here.

New Health Integrations Teams approved

Three new HITs have been approved recently: Improving Perinatal Mental Health, Bristol Immunisations Group and Psychological Therapies in Primary Care. If you would like to know more about these groups or get involved please contact Lisa Wheatley.

Forthcoming events

Increasing the impact of health research through policy engagement
30 June 2014, 2-4 pm

EBI and Policy Bristol are partnering with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service to deliver a training event around the best ways to increase the impact of health research through policy engagement. Register now to make sure you do not miss this one-off opportunity; there are still a few places available.

Please note the venue for this event is Lecture Theatre 2, Chemistry Building, UoB.
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