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PenCLAHRC Research Fellow, Kate Boddy from the Public and Patient Involvement team, has won this year’s Images of Research competition under the theme of Collaboration, with her image called 'Public Participation'.
The competition is open to all research staff and aims to engage the public in academic research, showing the breadth and creativity of what is taking place at the University. It also provides an excellent opportunity for Early Career Researchers to communicate their research to non-specialists and gain valuable skills in public engagement and impact.
Kate said of her win:
This competition allowed us to showcase our work to a wide audience...Read more
An innovative programme which brings actors into the classroom to encourage and support children to make healthier choices on diet and exercise has been selected to feature in this week’s British Science Festival.
The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) is being run by specialists from the University of Exeter Medical School and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, supported by the NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (also known as PenCLAHRC). It is funded by a £1.35 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Research Programme.
HeLP is currently working with 32 schools across Devon, in a controlled...Read more
A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life.
The study highlights the hitherto largely unknown link between harmful patterns of alcohol consumption and problems with memory later in life – problems which may place people at a high risk of developing dementia.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School with support from NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).
The research team studied the association between a history of alcohol...Read more
A PenCLAHRC-supported systematic review led by the University of Exeter has discovered that doctors routinely record blood pressure levels that are significantly higher than those recorded by nurses.
After examining blood pressure levels of 1,019 individuals whose readings had been taken by both doctors and nurses, the review showed that recordings taken by doctors are on average 7/4mmHg higher than when the same patients are tested by nurses or themselves.
Lead researcher, Dr Christopher Clark said the findings, published in the British Journal of General Practice, should lead to changes in clinical practice:
"Doctors should continue to measure blood pressure as part of...Read more
A PenCLAHRC research Theme Lead has been named as one of the UK's 100 leading practising scientists by the Science Council. Professor Charles Abraham, Professor of Psychology Applied to Health at the University of Exeter Medical School and lead for the new PenCLAHRC Healthy People, Healthy Environments research theme, was named in the 'Teacher Scientist' category and has been recognised for his "instrumental contribution and leadership in promoting the profession of health psychology in the UK through developing the training routes toward Chartered status". The list was put together by the Science Council to draw attention to the important contribution...Read more