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Second SPHR Annual Scientific Meeting held in London

The second National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) Annual Scientific Meeting was held in London on 8th October 2013 at the UCL Institute of Child Health. The meeting was held the day after an evening reception for researchers, who were addressed by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies.

The School’s national Director is Professor Jon Nicholl, Dean of ScHARR, and it is administered from ScHARR. Professor Nicholl welcomed 135 SPHR researchers and external invited guests to the meeting and reported the School’s progress so far. There are now 24 research projects underway within 3 programmes. 140 researchers are on board as well as several PhD students.

The Annual Scientific Meeting showcased the School’s research priorities and themes and set out the emerging School-wide programmes of research. There was input from a number of distinguished guest speakers as well as a keynote from Professor Gerard Hastings.

Speakers included:

Professor John Ashton, President, UK Faculty of Public Health, who explained the Faculty’s role.

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, who set out his views on the opportunity to transform health and well-being presented by the move of public health back to local authorities.

Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and NIHR’s Director of Public Participation and Engagement in Research looked at how ‘research-active’ communities could be built as part of the process of supporting health and well-being.

Professor John Frank, Director, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) explored evaluation, citing his experience in Scotland.

Professor Gerard Hastings, Professor of Social Marketing, University of Stirling, discussed marketing and corporate influences on public health.

Details of the event and other presentations can be found here