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  • Jul 28 / 2020
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Current Affairs, Patrice Reid

BLM. By Patrice Reid

baby resting head on man's cheek. father and son.

The embrace – Two generations of black men
Photo by: Trudy Dawson, Edited by: Patrice Reid
Copyright © 2020 Trudy Dawson.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement evokes many feelings and thoughts. The fact that I have to write ‘black lives matter’ or the fact that this string of words has to be said is unreal. My mind is still coming to grips with the slogan. I am coming to grips with the fact that today the BLM chant echoes centuries-old outcries for equality against chattels and injustices. Chattels and injustices imposed by one set of humans onto another who are phenotypically different, and that remain due to notions of otherness.

It is unfair. It is wrong. It is heart-breaking. It hurts.

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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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Patrice Reid, PhD Experience

Covid series: Today’s Start. By Patrice Reid

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrice Reid is a Commonwealth Scholar pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychological Medicine. Her research is focused on the development and field testing of a culturally grounded digital intervention to address alcohol and marijuana abuse in young Jamaicans. The following is a reflective piece by Patrice on living in lock-down.  

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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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PhD Experience, Sam Brady

Covid series: Lockdown, self-reflection and privilege. By Sam Brady

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Sam Brady is an AHRC CDP PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching the socio-political and technical history of the sports wheelchair in collaboration with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. He also excels at eating, worrying and obsessively tweeting @SamB24. In the following post, Sam reflects on his situation in light of lock-down

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  • Jun 22 / 2020
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PhD Experience, Rachel Thomson

Covid series: Experience as PhD student and NHS public health professional. By Dr Rachel Thomson

This piece is part of a series collecting the experiences of researchers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Rachel Thomson is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow who started a PhD modelling the impacts of welfare policies on population mental health at the University of Glasgow in September 2019. Her clinical background is in public health medicine, and since March 2020 she has returned to clinical practice on a part-time basis to assist with the public health response to COVID-19 in NHS Ayrshire & Arran (A&A). In the following piece, Rachel reflects on her experience of this time as PhD student and public health professional.

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  • Mar 25 / 2019
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Alessio Albanese, Current Research

Researcher showcase: Alessio Albanese and the impact of post-migration life difficulties on mental health

I am in my first year of completing a PhD looking into the impact of post-migration life difficulties on mental health and somatic symptoms. I would like to take this opportunity to present my current work which focuses on the mental health and somatic symptoms of asylum seekers and refugees in the context of post-migration life difficulties. In addition to presenting my research work as it is developing, I would also like to briefly talk about my personal background and how this has influenced my personal and academic development.

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  • Mar 13 / 2019
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Current Research, Lauren Gatting

Promoting some of our ECR’s work

On Tuesday 26th February, Seven Early Career researchers working within UoG’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing presented their work, during the institute’s annual research away day. Following the format of the three minute thesis competitions held in universities worldwide, each presentation had to be under 3 minutes long and use only one power point slide (no animations allowed). During the away day, the presentations were judged by a panel for winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All the presentations were excellent.

I drew up a brief summary of each person’s work, while they were presenting, which I now present to you:

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  • Mar 11 / 2019
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Academia, Lauren Gatting

Demystifying research impact

During the IHW away-day ’19, Rose-Marie Barbeau presented on research impact, with the aim to clear up any enduring myths and misconceptions. Rose-Marie is the Research Impact Manager at the University of Glasgow. The following are key messages I took from Rose-Marie’s presentation:

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  • Feb 05 / 2018
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Current Affairs, David Blane

Adult weight management – Time for action not words

Photo by Hush Naidoo. © 2017 Unsplash. Used with permission under the license of Creative Commons. Via Unsplash Photos.

By David Blane


We hear repeatedly that obesity is one of the biggest public health problems in the UK today.  Yet there is a stark mis-match between the newspaper column inches devoted to the nation’s waistline and the resources spent on NHS adult weight management services.  

ON the 26th October 2017, the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, launched the Scottish Government’s Consultation on a Diet and Obesity Strategy for Scotland. There is much to commend in the Strategy – prevention is better than cure, and targeting resources on more ‘upstream’ determinants of obesity (changing the so-called obesogenic environment) is rightly the focus of the new Strategy (and of Obesity Action Scotland’s advocacy).

However, for a country with one of the highest obesity rates in the world (where 1 in every 4 adults lives with obesity), there is a need for action at multiple levels.  As a recent Lancet commentary argued, the distinction between population-level and individual-level approaches is a false dichotomy. Yes, we should be restricting advertising and price promotions of junk food, but we also need high quality, accessible, multi-disciplinary treatment services for those with severe and complex obesity – and not just people with type 2 diabetes (the target of the Strategy). Continue Reading