Posts tagged: School of Health Sciences

OPTIMAX 2016

The OPTIMAX 3 week residential research summer school started in 2013 at the University of Salford with Erasmus IP funding. Five countries participated and these were its founder members (Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, UK and the Netherlands). In 2016 OPTIMAX returned to the University of Salford, after being hosted in Lisbon and Groningen in 2014 and 2015. This year we have 60 participants from 12 countries – South Africa, Iraq, UK, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Brazil, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Outputs from successive OPTIMAX summer schools have been immense, and include over 40 international conference presentations, 11 articles and 1 editorial in peer reviewed journals and two books. The latter are published as open source within USIR:

This year we anticipate that another book will be published as open source, with the chapters being reports of the research which is conducted in the summer school. As always we intend to submit the abstracts to the European Congress of Radiology, to be held in Vienna, March 2017.

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Research Excellence Awards 2015-2016 – ‘Fabulous Five’

Five early career researchers from the Directorate of Psychology and Public Health won the runners up prize in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards.  Dr Clare Allely, Robert Bendall, Alex Clarke-Cornwell, Dr Anna Cooper and Dr Jo Meredith, contribute to three of the research programmes within the School of Health Sciences: Applied Psychology: Social, Physical and Technology Enabled Environments; Equity, Health and Wellbeing; and, Measurement and Quantification of Physical Behaviour.

The ‘Fabulous Five’ would like to thank Dr Sarah Norgate for the nomination; as part of the nomination Sarah wrote “People make a research environment, and our early career researchers (ECRs) are our lifeblood”. We are grateful for her continued support, the support we receive within the Directorate and also from the School as we continue to develop as researchers.

Four of the ‘Fabulous Five’ picked up their award from Dr Jo Cresswell as part of the University Day celebrations on 8th June 2016.

Fab 5 first photo

L-R: Dr Jo Meredith, Dr Anna Cooper, Dr Sarah Norgate, Alex Clarke-Cornwell, Robert Bendall

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Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2015-2016 – Andrew Tootell

Photograph of Andrew Tootell with VC Teaching Award

On 8th June Andrew received the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year 2015-2016. Andrew is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, Directorate of Radiography. He has been Programme Leader for the MSc Nuclear Medicine Imaging for 7 years. He teaches on the Nuclear Medicine MSc, BSc (Hons) Radiography and dental x-ray programme. He was nominated for this award partly because of his passion for his specialist subject. Students at all levels acknowledge his ‘special abilities’ in making challenging subjects understandable to a diverse range of students, many of whom have limited prior knowledge of the subjects. Dr Fred Murphy, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme, noted

Over the last few years I have had many conversations with students stating that Andrew is brilliant at explaining some complex physics in a simple manner. He uses lots of props and analogies which the students find easy to understand.   This is an important skill for a lecturer dealing with level 4 students of different backgrounds.

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Research Capital Investment Funding 2015/16 – Alex Clarke-Cornwell

Alex Clarke-Cornwell has recently been awarded £17,600 from the University of Salford’s Research Capital Investment Fund, in order to purchase a number of physical activity behaviour monitors for future research projects.

Alex is a Lecturer in Public Health, whose research interests include the measurement and quantification of sedentary behaviour, physical activity, and workplace health.  The technological revolution has seen an increase in computer based occupations, with many workers spending the majority of their work time sitting: this increase in sedentary behaviour is known to be associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early mortality, independent of physical activity levels.  There are currently no UK studies with the primary outcome to investigate the effects of sit-stand desks on reducing sitting time at work and in improving health related outcomes.  A study to look at the health/work benefits of sit-stand desks in the workplace, using activity monitors, is currently in the development stage in collaboration with industrial partners.

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University of Salford Directorate of Radiography Newsletter has gone digital!

Photograph of x-ray and radiographers

You can now get all the latest Directorate of Radiography news online at

www.salfordradiography.wordpress.com

The newsletter has been updated and given a sleek webpage where articles are displayed as blogs and you catch up on the latest at your leisure. There will be new pieces added weekly and you will be able to comment on and discuss anything that interests you. Take a look and bookmark it now!

Comments, questions or suggestions? Contact Dr Leslie Robinson.