A very warm welcome to the December 2017
We've had a busy past few months in the centre, and would like to take this oportunity to reflect and inform you of some of our highlights.
We would like to thank all our friends and collegues for your support over the last year and we look forward to working and meeting with you again in 2018
Frank, Roisin, Pauline & Michael
Picture ... Queens University Belfast
CoE Away Day 2017
The 10th, and final, Annual CoE Away Day was held on the 24th of November 2017 at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co. Down (#coeawd17). Just over 130 delegates including teachers and students from St. Louise’s Comprehensive College and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and invited guests from the Community Development and Health Network (CHDN), the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Belfast Healthy Cities.
Working together for better health and wellbeing - understanding what works
Date: 15th Nov 2017
Venue: Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin
‘Working together for better health and wellbeing – understanding what works’ was organised by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland IPH in partnership with the Departments of Health (North and South), the Health Service Executive (RoI), the Public Health Agency (NI), and the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland).
There was a high level of interest and attendance at the event. The opening address was given by the Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD. Keynote speakers included Prof Kevin Fenton, Director for Health and Wellbeing, London Borough of Southwark and Gerry Power, Director of Integration, Health and Social Care Alliance, Scotland.
Parallel sessions ran throughout the day with twelve workshops covering a wide range of public health topics including: Active Ageing, Children & Young People, Healthy Communities – Physical Activity, Wellbeing Services, Infectious Diseases, Participation & Public Involvement, Making Use of Research & Data, Healthy Eating, Mental Health, Healthy Workplaces, Alcohol, and Tobacco.
Presentations can be viewed here
NICOLA Study Report: Key findings from WAVE 1
On Monday 27th November 2017, an event was held at Riddell Hall, Queen’s University Belfast to mark the publication of the Key findings report from wave one of the NICOLA study. Speakers included, Prof Frank Kee, Prof Ian Young, Dr Sharon Mary Cruise and Acting President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, Prof James McElnay.
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Eddie Lynch and the Director of Social Inclusion Policy Division, Department for Communities Ms Bernie Rooney The commissioner for Older people, Eddie Lynch that loneliness was a “key challenge in our ageing society”. Indeed, one finding which will be of interest to policy makers is that over half of 75 year olds live alone in Northern Ireland and living alone is twice as common in the most deprived areas.
Speaking of the results from wave one, Prof Frank Kee stated “Although the report presents only preliminary findings covering older people's social circumstances, their health behaviours and use of health services, there are some important results that have a bearing on government policies. As the study develops, its value to policy makers will increase, and will help government to evaluate a range of policies and keep us focussed on what counts for older people."
The key findings from Wave 1 of the NICOLA study can be read here.
Sharing Ageing research -
Beeson and CARDI Fellows International Scientific meeting
Participants included Beeson Scholars, CARDI Fellows, mentors and invited guests and the event took place on 28 and 29 November in the Powerscourt hotel, Dublin.
The meeting provided an opportunity for Beeson and CARDI Fellows to give updates on their research and learn about the latest developments in ageing research.
Keynote presentations were given by Ian Robertson, Trinity College Dublin, ‘Inside the Innovators Brain’ and Chris Callahan, Indiana University School of Medicine ‘Improving the Diffusion of Innovation for Persons Living with Alzheimer's Disease’.
From Left: Emeritus Professor Robert Stout , Dr Claire McEvoy, Dr Joanne Feeney, Dr Joanna McHugh (CARDI Leadership Programme in Ageing Research) and Professor Roger O'Sullivan (IPH Interim Chief Executive)
CoE on TOUR
Public engagement, as defined by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), is a term used to describe the myriad of ways in which academics can better connect the work of universities and research institutes with the public. It is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.
Research Council Policy Internship with the Northern Ireland Assembly for Anne Devlin
Anne has recently secured a Research Council Policy Internship with the Northern Ireland Assembly. For three months next year, she will be on secondment to the Executive’s Research and Information Service (RaISe) at Stormont. The policy internships are designed to give PhD students funded by one of the Research Councils first-hand experience of working within influential policy organisations. RaISe provides research and information for Assembly members (when there are any!), their staff and the secretariat across the wide range of business areas which are devolved to the Executive. At this stage, it has not been confirmed what area Anne will be working within, but it is likely to be the Finance & Economics research team. While on the internship it is expected that Anne will work within the team on various topics and over the three months she will be producing briefing papers, getting involved in policy inquiries and helping to organise policy events. Anne's hope is that the internship will help in her future academic career by giving her insight into how policymakers use academic research and how best to produce policy relevant research for Northern Ireland.
Royal Society Pairing Scheme
This year Dr Michael O’Rorke, Public Health Intelligence Officer for the CoENI, was successful in applying for the Royal Society Pairing Scheme. This scheme gives research scientists the opportunity to learn about how parliament and government work, build lasting relationships with parliamentarians and civil servants, and illustrate how research can feed into the policy world.