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What does it mean to be a social scientist in the the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences? How many of us are there and what are we all up to? These were the questions that the Social Sciences in Primary Care Conference, organised by Trish Greenhalgh, Lisa Hinton, Veronika Williams and Sarah Tonkin-Crine and held on Friday 10 May, set out to address. Lucy Abel reflects on the day.
Few health issues threaten human existence to the extent of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. These global health threats require global action, and a new EU clinical research alliance is uniting the research efforts of several countries to find ways of tackling them. Dr Nina Gobat, Senior Researcher, describes how the EU-funded PREPARE trial, led in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is laying the foundation work for this new alliance.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum 2019, Professor Susan Jebb explains how voluntary mechanisms and legislative powers can be used to improve the food system.
Professor Susan Jebb reflects on her experience of the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she presented "Pecha Kucha" style on future-proofing the food system.
While writing up her thesis, Postdoctoral Researcher Nikki Newhouse gives us an insight into her experience of working part-time, advising the use of career development resources and highlighting the importance of maintaining social relationships with colleagues.
Work has started across the team to determine how the system might be optimised.
Senior Researcher in Diet and Obesity Nerys Astbury has published an article in The Conversation addressing eight common concerns about the use of meal-replacement diets.
Reflecting on her experiences of working part-time with two small children, Associate Professor Sara Shaw advises garnering support from your team, working flexibly and being realistic about what can be achieved is key to making it work.
Recruitment has begun for the feasibility trial.
Policy & health systems
Following the World Health Organisation/UNICEF Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Dr Luke Allen, a GP Academic Clinical Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, explains how to improve population health.
Kamal R. Mahtani, Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, reflects on navigating the challenges of an academic career and unleashing potential leaders in their own right and in their own way.
DPhil Health behaviours
DPhil Student Filippo Bianchi gives five tips from research that might help people to eat less meat.
Initial development work is complete and the feasibility trial has now received full approval.
Professor Trish Greenhalgh explores how we can make the most out of a PDR meeting through a series of entertaining top tips for appraisers and appraisees.
Cardiovascular & metabolic Global perspective Patient experience
Senior Qualitative Researcher Dr Suman Prinjha, with Project Support Assistant Nasima Miah from the University of Leicester, and Professor of General Practice Andrew Farmer write about a knowledge exchange workshop for patients, public, researchers and health professionals to discuss South Asian narratives of diabetes and what future research should explore. The project was funded by a University of Oxford KE Seed Fund award.
DPhil Health behaviours
Senior Researcher Jamie Hartmann-Boyce writes about the top ten strategies used by dieters to lose weight, uncovered through the Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours Study (OxFAB).