June 2015

Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Ageing Research for the Island of Ireland

Congratulations to Dr Claire McEvoy who has recently been awarded a Beeson sponsored Fellowship from the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).  As a Beeson-sponsored CARDI fellow, Claire will investigate the role of the Mediterranean diet in cognitive decline and dementia risk in both UK and USA cohorts and will test the effect of dietary change toward a Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Claire’s research will increase our knowledge on how diet may contribute to cognitive health and aims to inform future strategies to prevent and treat cognitive disorders in older adults.  Learn More >>

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Public Engagement Champions 

Eight students from CoE and CPH have completed the first year of a pilot public engagement project delivered by CoE/CPH in partnership with QUB Research and Enterprise Directorate.  The project aims to provide an introduction to public engagement and encourage researchers to involve members of the public at all stages of the research cycle from co-design through to dissemination. To date students have completed sessions on stakeholder mapping, public and personal involvement and participated in public engagement training in W5.  The new public engagement champions have demonstrated real commitment and enthusiasm for the project and highlights of their work have included volunteering for the inaugural NI Science Festival and introduced their research projects to members of the public and other non-academic stakeholders who kindly gave up their time to attend at a special event which took place on the 20th of May.  During the event the students presented their work and discussed with individuals with experience in the area of cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, community based physical activity and urban renewal. The students are Kayleigh Griffiths, Emma Lawlor, Christina Erwin, Gretta Mohan, Jennifer Murray, Suping Ling, Jeanette Aldworth and Aniela Kriezel.  


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