Three staff from the Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences (DNBS) division have received the 2013 BAPEN award. BAPEN is a Charitable Association that raises awareness of malnutrition and works to advance the nutritional care of patients and those at risk from malnutrition in the wider community.
The recipients of the £10K award, Laura Wyness Jacklyn Jones and Elaine Bannerman, will conduct a project which aims to determine the prevalence of different nutritional and functional states occurring in older adults in the community setting. This is an extension of the work of researchers Bannerman and Jones. The award highlights the practical relevance and application of their research portfolio.
Dr Jocelynne Watson has secured £35,000 from the Headley Trust to support the development of innovative Intensive Speech and Language Therapy for people with aphasia following stroke.
A pilot group will run this summer providing student placements and post qualification internship experience. If successful the model might have potential to be effective with a range of different client groups, involving inter-professional working and practice based learning.
The therapy will include some computer based interventions which are provided by one of our SME partners, Propeller.
IIHD has been successful in securing £120,000 from the Global Health Workforce Alliance to examine the cost-effectiveness of community health worker (CHW) programmes in selected low income countries.
The Robertson Trust has awarded £58k to fund year 1 of a three year project which will enable the AlcoLOLs project to be extended to a further five schools from North East Edinburgh.
The AlcoLOLs project - initially developed with pupils from Portobello High School - is a peer education project for teenagers. It uses dialogue techniques to create a new approach to supporting young people in negotiating the challenges posed by alcohol by learning together and from one another in a carefully constructed communication context.
This research grant from the ESRC (approximately £375k fEC) is to carry out a project entitled “Coarticulation and tongue differentiation in children between three and thirteen years old”.
Dr Nigel Hewlett and Dr Robin Lickley are co-investigators at QMU. Professor Fiona Gibbon from University College Cork is an international co-investigator, and Professor William Hardcastle is a consultant.
The project will continue the research programme on studying motor speech development in children, initiated by Dr Zharkova in 2008, in collaboration with Dr Nigel Hewlett and Professor William Hardcastle. Previous research by the team has suggested that subtle developmental changes are likely to be found during childhood. The new study will focus on these subtle changes, by collecting and analysing ultrasound imaging data on tongue position and shape in speech.
A research team led by Professor Isobel Davidson in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Macmillan Cancer Support have been awarded £393k for a project to establish a Scottish Macmillan Centre for Supported Self Management for patients affected by cancer.
This project will develop a whole systems model (governance, risk management, quality assurance, implementation, reach, evaluation) that will assure the effective operation of ‘Macmillan Supporters’ who will actively engage with cancer patients (carers). QMU will define accreditation and quality assurance mechanisms for the ‘Macmillan Supporters’ programme. The work in generic nutrition training will serve as a model that can be adopted in other topic areas e.g. concomitant radio/chemo therapy, vocational rehabilitation.
It is envisaged that a minimum of four modules (including generic training) will be developed during this three year project. Added to which there is significant potential for transferring this model to long term conditions per se.