Public health experts gather at Queen's

Public health experts gather at Queen's

The summer school was opened by Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots MLA

The UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health Research at Queen’s recently hosted the annual summer school of the National Centres of Excellence network.

The event, opened by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Edwin Poots MLA, gave researchers across the Centres an opportunity to showcase their work, to network and learn from each other and to engage with researcher users.

These world-class Centres (based in the universities of Cardiff, Newcastle, Cambridge and Nottingham) were established three years ago to build capacity in and to promote translational public health research.  To pursue these goals, they gain strength from their partnerships with the policy and practice communities and the Third sector. 

The Centre based at Queen’s, led by Professor Frank Kee, is a partnership with the Institute of Public Health, the Public Health Agency, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Community Development and Health Network and W5.  Like the other Centres, its focus has been on the broad determinants of public health and major problems such as obesity and sedentary living.  For the first time, the five UK Centres are joining forces with a comparable centre in the Republic of Ireland, the HRB funded national Centre for Diet and Health.

Professor Paul Boyle, the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which is one of the funders of the UKCRC Centres said: “I am delighted that the UKCRC Public Health Research Centres have produced such high quality research which will provide a strong foundation for generating future impact.  The approach of the UKCRC Centres is an excellent example of best practice as their early engagement with research users, practitioners and policy makers is vital if we are to make a difference to the public health challenges we face today.”

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