Exciting week for SDHI

It has been a very exciting week for SDHI. Over the past 7 days, we hosted a major European conference on emergent themes in mental health and addiction with over 70 delegates from 13 countries at the University of St Andrews, IMG_3518we were principal collaborators in a Scottish Universities Insights Institute (SUII) funded 2 day workshop series at the International Futures Forum home turf in the boathouse in Aberdour on understanding and fostering cultures of transformative innovation using health and social care SUII group photointegration as an example with delegates from as far as Australia, ran a postgraduate and early career researcher annual retreat in Kindrogan with students and academics from multiple disciplines from Dundee and St Andrews universities, and chaired on behalf of the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) a combined workshop and advisory group meeting with pharmacists, GPs, academics and members of third sector organisations and the public at large on two workstreams: physical activity promotion in community-dwelling older adults and medicines prescribing safety. Moreover, SDHI Associate Director Dr Ed Hall and Dr Irena Connon presented a Dundee University Cafe Arts presentation to the general public on the Innovate UK co-funded collaborative project with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSE PD) on vulnerability and power failure.

The events and activities epitomise the diversity, vibrancy, creativity and organisational competence and expertise of SDHI. They are a reflection of the excitement, support, collaborative ethos and respect that the Institute has attracted over now more than 13 years. We just want to stop for a moment and thank our friends and colleagues for their engagement and support that make these events and activities so special.

Power to the People – What Happens When The Lights Go Out – Tuesday 7th June, 6pm

On Tuesday 7th June at 6pm at Dundee Arts Café, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, Dr Ed Hall and Dr Irena Connon from the University of Dundee will discuss stories of vulnerability and resilience collected from four very different communities. Irena and Ed’s research will help energy companies to plan and respond effectively when future storms reach our shores.

During the winter of 2014 the UK was hit by an exceptional run of winter storms, leading to Power to the peopleserious coastal damage and widespread flooding. This extreme weather caused disruption to electricity supply across the country, with over 100,000 people facing several days without power.

The loss of power affected remote and urban communities, with vulnerable people considered to be at a greater risk. The companies responsible for maintaining and repairing the electricity infrastructure asked themselves how they could improve their support communities before, during and after power cuts.

Everyone is welcome. Free. Non-bookable. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5pm.

Families – the missing dimension in health promotion

New journal article in the American Journal of Public Health, co-authored by a US, Finnish, Scottish team highlights the importance of recognising the family as a critical nexus between individually and community focused health promotion efforts. The paper draws on empirical experiences in the area of cancer from the US and Finland on working with families as a system of co-survivors.

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Concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy: reasons to ban all contact sport, not just boxing? Seminar – 25th May 2016

SDHI is delighted to announce a further Seminar (co-hosted with the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Dundee) to be held on Wednesday 25th May 2016 at 2.00pm in room 2G14, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee DD1 5EN

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This seminar will be presented by Dr William Stewart, Consultant and Lead Neuropathologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and will be introduced by Mrs Amanda Kopel, forthcoming honorary graduand of University of Dundee

Please see seminar flyer for further information

All Welcome

To book your place at this FREE seminar, please contact Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell@dundee.ac.uk)

Prevalence of glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acid use and characteristics of users among mid-age women

Congratulations to Thilo Kroll, CoDirector of SDHI and Professor of Disability and Public Health Research at the University of Dundee who along with colleagues David Sibbritt, Chi-Wai Lui and Jon Adams have recently had their paper Prevalence of glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acid use and characteristics of users among mid-age women: analysis of a nationally representative sample of 10,638 women’ published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging

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The full article can be found here

If you missed it, here is another chance to listen to today’s webinar on ‘Disability and Human Rights’

We are pleased to provide you with the link to the SDHI Webinar: ‘Disability and Human Rights: A Global Perspective’

presented by Dr Edurne Garcia Iriarte

Trinity College Dublin. You may have to install a WebEx player app on your device. To listen to the webinar, click here

Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence

Congratulations to Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews who along with colleagues Sophie Lebel, Gerald Humphris, Belinda Thewes, Judith Prins, Andreas Dinkel and Phyllis Butow have recently had their paper Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence’ published in the journal Psycho-Oncology

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The full article can be found here