Archive for June 21, 2018

Health Sciences Research Centre Programme

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Health Sciences Research Centre Programme

How to find us: Please follow this link to find us at media city: http://www.salford.ac.uk/mediacityuk/location

Tuesday 3rd July

Virtual Reality: Virtual Reality and Mental Health (03/07/18, 09:30-10:30, Media City 2.03)

While offering great potential in mental health, Virtual Reality (VR) is a powerful tool that could be counterproductive if used bluntly. This talk looks at the incentives and hurdles to take up and use of VR with vulnerable populations. It is given by someone who has developed and studied the use of VR for over two decades. VR can provide tailored, controllable and repeatable stimuli to which people react as if it were real, even when knowing it’s not. This capability has application across understanding, diagnosing, treating and living with a range of mental and psychological problems. For example, within therapy it has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of both phobias and PTSD and is being used as an aid to reminisce in dementia. Yet using a technology that blurs boundary between what is real and what is not, should not be used carelessly with those whose condition also blurs this boundary. The talk describes our investigation of how VR exposure therapy works with the mind and fits within the way health professional work with the vulnerable. It concludes with a description of how this understanding has helped to develop a novel VR exposure therapy used within the NHS to treat some of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

Biomedical Engineering: Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering Research @ Salford (03/07/18, 10:30-11:30, Media City 2.03)

Rehabilitation Technologies and Biomedical Engineering is a thriving, cross-school research group, jointly led by Professors David Howard (Computing, Science and Engineering) and Laurence Kenney (Health Sciences). We focus on the design and development of new rehabilitation technologies aimed at assisting functional movement, together with novel methods for their evaluation.  Our current research is supported by ~£1.9 million in external grants from NIHR, EPSRC and charities. We will demonstrate some of our latest research, which includes:

  • Controlled energy storage and return in prosthetic limbs to improve amputee gait.
  • A novel and rigorous approach to assessing stability of people using walking aids.
  • A flexible and easy to setup controller for upper limb functional electrical stimulation (FES).
  • Novel approaches to understanding user-assistive device interaction (with psychologists Galpin, Gowen and Bowen)
  • Award winning research on monitoring assistive device use outside of the clinic.

Foot and Ankle: Foot health and industry – from our lab to your feet (03/07/18, 11:30-12:00, Media City 2.03)

Healthy feet are central to keeping mobile and poor foot health can lead to very significant loss of independence. Caring for poorly feet can be expensive too: 1% of the entire NHS budget goes on care of feet affected by diabetes. Without knowing it we make foot health choices each and every day, when we choose our socks and footwear, and then go about our daily activities. Common but often significant foot problems can be adequately managed with the need for a health professional, but equally the input of professionals and can life saving in some cases – literally. Our research has sought to connect what we know about foot health, foot biomechanics and foot disease to the design, development and use of footwear and insoles, and over the counter foot health treatments too. Working with leading global foot health brands, UK footwear manufacturers, and supporting the design of footwear for children and use in unique workplaces, we aim to help everyone make better foot health choices each day.

Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy at Salford – How we are contributing to the evidence base (03/07/18, 13:00-14:00, Media City 2.03)

Occupational therapy facilitates health and well-being through the therapeutic use of meaningful and purposeful activities. We believe that occupational balance and justice enables individuals of all ages to achieve their full potential in their everyday lives and communities. A high proportion of our research has an emphasis on improving health and well-being in later life, for example, managing widowhood and care-giving, safe moving, handling and positioning to increase independence and functional performance in activities of daily living. As an emerging group we are involved in a range of projects within the School of Health Sciences, across the University and with partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

This session will provide an overview of our research topics including innovations in moving and handling training (research informed teaching), development of the new Tissue Viability Seating Guidelines and the The Home Modification Process Protocol, Service user engagement in occupational therapy and exploring the roles of fathers who have an adult with a learning disability. Practical demonstrations of pressure mapping systems used in a number of studies exploring the impact of different seating and bed surfaces on pressure ulcer development risk and comfort are available.

Equity, Health and Well-being: Putting communities in charge of alcohol: a health champion model (03/07/18, 14:00-15:00, Media City 2.03)

The session will start with a brief overview of the research of the Equity, Health and Wellbeing research group. An interactive discussion will follow, which will look at issues around developing community capacity to influence health behavioural change. It will outline how an asset based community development (ABCD) approach to improving health outcomes is being implemented across Greater Manchester and how it is being evaluated. It will explore the barriers and facilitators to implementing an ABCD approach to improving health outcomes. Experienced researchers will discuss current work underway. They will show some short films that have been made of the experience of professionals and volunteers developing knowledge and skills as alcohol health champions and the benefits experienced to date. The researchers will canvas the views and opinions of those attending the event, about the role of stakeholders, laypeople and community organisations in championing healthy lifestyle changes.

Clinical Rehabilitation: Development of an online self-management platform for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions (mskhub.com) (03/07/18, 15:00-16:00, Media City 2.03)

Patient information and education have been shown to improve pain and self-efficacy and increase overall quality of life in people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions (MSCs). Informed patients are better able to distinguish and manage symptoms, use treatments effectively, access services needed, manage work and cope better with the psychological impact of their conditions. However, there is a need to improve the access to high quality specialist health information for people with rheumatic and MSCs. This presentation by Dr Yeliz Prior will provide an insight into the development and testing of an online self-management platform, the MSKHUB.com for people with rheumatic and MSCs. This platform aims to facilitate access to (i) valid and reliable health information (ii) evidence-based Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) (iii) advice on self-help, assistive technologies and rehabilitation and (iv) peer support, and will be freely accessible for people with rheumatic and MSCs.

Wednesday 4th July

Knee Biomechanics: Using clinical biomechanics in knee injury and disease (04/07/18, 09:30-10:30, Media City 2.03)

Objective data collection is important in determining where an individual’s functional impairments lie in musculoskeletal research. This can be either in terms of the risk of injury, rehabilitation from injury or in the treatment of degenerative disease. The talk will give an overview of the knee biomechanics and injury research programme at the University where we are investigating risk factors for injury, risk mitigation programs and also rehabilitation approaches (therapeutic and also assistive devices) in the management of musculoskeletal and degenerative disorders. Utilising clinical biomechanics where we collect movement and loading data on individuals helps us to determine which tasks, strategies and treatments are best suited to the individual.

Virtual Reality: Virtual Reality and Mental Health (04/07/18, 10:30-11:30, Media City 2.03)

While offering great potential in mental health, Virtual Reality (VR) is a powerful tool that could be counterproductive if used bluntly. This talk looks at the incentives and hurdles to take up and use of VR with vulnerable populations. It is given by someone who has developed and studied the use of VR for over two decades. VR can provide tailored, controllable and repeatable stimuli to which people react as if it were real, even when knowing it’s not. This capability has application across understanding, diagnosing, treating and living with a range of mental and psychological problems. For example, within therapy it has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of both phobias and PTSD and is being used as an aid to reminisce in dementia. Yet using a technology that blurs boundary between what is real and what is not, should not be used carelessly with those whose condition also blurs this boundary. The talk describes our investigation of how VR exposure therapy works with the mind and fits within the way health professional work with the vulnerable. It concludes with a description of how this understanding has helped to develop a novel VR exposure therapy used within the NHS to treat some of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

PGR Director for Health Sciences: Director and student presentations (04/07/18, 11:30-12:30, Media City 2.03)

Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy at Salford – How we are contributing to the evidence base (04/07/18, 13:00-14:00, Media City 2.03)

Occupational therapy facilitates health and well-being through the therapeutic use of meaningful and purposeful activities. We believe that occupational balance and justice enables individuals of all ages to achieve their full potential in their everyday lives and communities. A high proportion of our research has an emphasis on improving health and well-being in later life, for example, managing widowhood and care-giving, safe moving, handling and positioning to increase independence and functional performance in activities of daily living. As an emerging group we are involved in a range of projects within the School of Health Sciences, across the University and with partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

This session will provide an overview of our research topics including innovations in moving and handling training (research informed teaching), development of the new Tissue Viability Seating Guidelines and the The Home Modification Process Protocol, Service user engagement in occupational therapy and exploring the roles of fathers who have an adult with a learning disability. Practical demonstrations of pressure mapping systems used in a number of studies exploring the impact of different seating and bed surfaces on pressure ulcer development risk and comfort are available.

ICZ Director Talks: Caitriona O’shea, ICZ Sport Director (04/07/18, 14:00-15:00, Media City 2.03)

Diagnostic Imaging: How can medical imaging research benefit patients? (04/07/18, 15:00-16:00, Media City 2.03)

Medical imaging examinations, X-rays and CT scans, involve the use of radiation.  The use of radiation carries with it well known risks but these are necessary in order to diagnose illness and disease.  The amount of radiation used during a medical imaging examination must be balanced against the need to produce images of sufficient diagnostic quality.  Balancing radiation dose and image quality can be a difficult task and is affected by the type of imaging technology, disease under investigation and the size or characteristics of the patient.  Within the Directorate of Radiography at the University of Salford, we have a well-established portfolio of research which seeks to improve the diagnosis of disease whilst minimising any associated risks.  Our research portfolio focuses specifically into the areas of conventional radiography, CT scanning and digital mammography.  Our research group has published in leading international journals and we have a number of Masters and Doctoral students undertaking projects within these areas.

Thursday 5th July

Psychology: Applications of psychology to real world, contemporary issues (05/07/18, 09:30-10:30, Media City 2.03)

The Psychology team at the University of Salford has a diverse range of interests and expertise. Our focus is applying psychology to real-world problems in order to maximise performance and wellbeing. The research we conduct is often multi-disciplinary and many members of the team have experience of working with non-academic partners. This session will provide an overview of our research topics and strengths within the areas of Applied Social Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Health. We will also provide a demonstration of how we are using research techniques such as eye tracking to explore issues within health, education, and the media.

Equity, Health and Well-being: Putting communities in charge of alcohol: a health champion model (05/07/18, 10:30-11:30, Media City 2.03)

The session will start with a brief overview of the research of the Equity, Health and Wellbeing research group. An interactive discussion will follow, which will look at issues around developing community capacity to influence health behavioural change. It will outline how an asset based community development (ABCD) approach to improving health outcomes is being implemented across Greater Manchester and how it is being evaluated. It will explore the barriers and facilitators to implementing an ABCD approach to improving health outcomes. Experienced researchers will discuss current work underway. They will show some short films that have been made of the experience of professionals and volunteers developing knowledge and skills as alcohol health champions and the benefits experienced to date. The researchers will canvas the views and opinions of those attending the event, about the role of stakeholders, laypeople and community organisations in championing healthy lifestyle changes.

Diagnostic Imaging: How can medical imaging research benefit patients? (05/07/18, 13:00-14:00, Media City 2.03)

Medical imaging examinations, X-rays and CT scans, involve the use of radiation.  The use of radiation carries with it well known risks but these are necessary in order to diagnose illness and disease.  The amount of radiation used during a medical imaging examination must be balanced against the need to produce images of sufficient diagnostic quality.  Balancing radiation dose and image quality can be a difficult task and is affected by the type of imaging technology, disease under investigation and the size or characteristics of the patient.  Within the Directorate of Radiography at the University of Salford, we have a well-established portfolio of research which seeks to improve the diagnosis of disease whilst minimising any associated risks.  Our research portfolio focuses specifically into the areas of conventional radiography, CT scanning and digital mammography.  Our research group has published in leading international journals and we have a number of Masters and Doctoral students undertaking projects within these areas.

ICZ Director Talks: Andrew Spencer, ICZ Health, Wellbeing & Society Director (05/07/18, 14:00-15:00, Media City 2.03)

SPARC Parallel Session Talks 3.4 (05/07/18, 14:30-15:30, Media City 2.03)

Psychology: Applications of psychology to real world, contemporary issues (05/07/18, 15:00-16:00, Media City 2.03)

The Psychology team at the University of Salford has a diverse range of interests and expertise. Our focus is applying psychology to real-world problems in order to maximise performance and wellbeing. The research we conduct is often multi-disciplinary and many members of the team have experience of working with non-academic partners. This session will provide an overview of our research topics and strengths within the areas of Applied Social Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Health. We will also provide a demonstration of how we are using research techniques such as eye tracking to explore issues within health, education, and the media.


Impact at the Festival of Research

Salford is holding its inaugural Festival of Research this year between 25th June and 20th July 2018 across the campus.

The aim of the Festival is to showcase and celebrate Salford’s diverse research and its impact to a wider audience and will encourage both researchers and the general public to become involved.

In the week of 2nd-6th July there will be a concentration of physical events and conferences taking place, including the Salford Postgraduate Annual Researcher Conference (SPARC), which is a two-day PGR-focused showcase event.

Running alongside the Festival will be ‘Storytelling at Salford’: this is a larger project which forms part of the research training strategy and which is also linked to the University’s new research strategy. It involves the Salford Research community (PGRs, Academics and Leaders) recording short videos about what they do at Salford. The first 20 videos will be showcased as part of the festival and during the festival we will encourage more to participate and create videos themselves.

 

 

Targeted Impact Events

As part of the Festival we will be running a number of specifically impact-related events to help inspire our researchers to think more closely about the impact of their research and how they can best improve its significance and reach in the future.

 

Highlights include:

Wednesday, 27 June 2018: Fast Track Impact case study writing workshop with Prof Mark Reed

Mark will focus specifically on the REF and what makes a good impact case study, how to improve your writing around impact, as well as evidence collection tips. This workshop will also include detailed external peer review of 4 draft impact case studies, with recommendations of how these can be enhanced and improved.

To book: https://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/597642/staff-development-fast-track-t

 

Thursday, 28 June 2018: Developing Your Narrative Sessions with Chris Simms, Royal Literary Fund

Chris is holding individual 40-minute mentoring sessions for researchers looking to develop their narrative and storywriting skills, whether it be for the purpose of formulating impact case studies, writing funding bids, making applications for research festivals or similar.

All enquiries: research-impact@salford.ac.uk

 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018: Impact Case Study Writing Retreat (MCUK)

Space will be made available to each School to spend dedicated time working on existing or potential impact case study drafts. Impact Coordinators will be on hand to provide advice and guidance and researchers will be able to access resources from the REF intranet site and use the Figshare data repository to gather impact evidence.

To book:

AM: https://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/604998/festival-of-research-impact-ca

PM: https://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/605001/festival-of-research-impact-ca

 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018: Developing Your Narrative Sessions with Chris Simms, Royal Literary Fund

Chris is holding individual 40-minute mentoring sessions for researchers looking to develop their narrative and storywriting skills, whether it be for the purpose of formulating impact case studies, writing funding bids, making applications for research festivals or similar.

All enquiries: research-impact@salford.ac.uk

 

Why not take this opportunity to check out the Festival of Research website to find events of interest to you: https://www.salford.ac.uk/researchfest

Join the conversation:

#salfordresearchfest         @Festivalofrese1

 


TWO SALFORD HISTORIANS SHORT-LISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS WHITFIELD PRIZE

Two members of staff from the Directorate of Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History, School of Arts and Media, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Whitfield Prize for 2018, awarded annually by the Royal Historical Society for the best first monograph on either British or Irish history. Dr Dan Lomas, Lecturer in International History, and Dr Brian Hall, Lecturer in Contemporary Military History, have both been selected by the jury for the shortlist. Dr Lomas’ book, entitled Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945–1951: An Uneasy Relationship? was published by Manchester University Press, while Dr Hall’s book, Communications and British Operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Alaric Searle, Professor of Modern European History, and Research Lead for Politics and Contemporary History, said, “I am delighted for both Brian and Dan, not just because they are excellent colleagues but also because they are developing into equally excellent historians in their own right. ”

 

        

 

To be eligible for the Whitfield Prize, a book must be the author’s first published work, on a subject of British or Irish history, and the author must have received his/her PhD from a British or Irish university. The other authors shortlisted received their doctorates from the universities of Oxford, Royal Holloway, King’s College London, Queen’s Belfast and Birmingham. As Alaric noted: “What makes this recognition all the more noteworthy is that both Dan and Brian received their PhDs from the University of Salford; and, Salford has never had either a member of staff, or a former Salford PhD student, shortlisted for this award. Thus, to have two nominations in the same year is a great achievement. It provides just one more indicator of the quality of research being conducted in Politics and Contemporary History at the moment.”

He added: “I am not that surprised about the nomination as I know the quality of work both Dan and Brian have been publishing. In fact, Brian’s book was shortlisted earlier this year for the Templar Medal for the Best First Book, awarded by the Society for Army Historical Research.”

The winner of the Whitfield Prize is to be announced next month by the Royal Historical Society, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.