What: Trial Coordinator (Fixed Term, 2 Years)
An excellent opportunity for an experienced and proactive trial-coordinator to join the Department of Nutrition Studies and Surveys as Trial Coordinator of the WRAP trial. WRAP (Weight Loss Referrals for Adults in Primary Care) is a multi-centre randomised controlled trial funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative. The successful candidate will take a lead role in the day-to-day management of the trial in the host institution (MRC HNR) and co-ordination of the other research sites (the University of Liverpool, the University of Oxford and 10 GP practices). They will also liaise with affiliated research teams leading the qualitative and economic components of the trial.
Where: MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge University
Additional details: Detailed job description and details here. For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Amy Ahern on 01223 437527 or Amy.Ahern@mrc-hnr.cam.ac.uk
Deadline: 30 March 2014
What: UK Congress on Obesity
Where: University of Birmingham
When: 16-17 September 2014
Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Prof Julian Hamilton-Shield, University of Bristol ‘Winning hearts and minds: does the family view childhood obesity seriously enough?’
- Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge ‘Can we blame our genes when our jeans don’t fit?’
- Prof Ian Macdonald, University of Nottingham ‘Are all calories equal?’
- Prof John Blundell, University of Leeds ‘Exercise and Appetite: casualties of the energy balance wars’
See the advert ASO Congress 2014 v2 (pdf) or the website for more details
Deadlines: Submissions close 11 April 2014
What: Cancer Prevention Fellows, CRUK/Bupa Foundation Cancer Prevention Initiative
This fellowship supports outstanding and innovative researchers and health care professionals who are interested in research into behavioural and lifestyle changes that can prevent people getting cancer.
Applicants should be making the transition from junior postdoctoral researcher to research group leader. They will have demonstrated excellent ability in their initial postdoctoral positions but will not yet had sufficient experience to run a research group. This fellowship allows the opportunity for the holder to further develop their careers and explore new avenues in research into cancer prevention, whilst gaining some supervisory experience. The fellowship aims to enhance UK capacity in the translation of behavioural research into policy and practical interventions, and as such we expect Fellows to undertake appropriate training and development.
Applicants for this scheme should normally have between three and five years postdoctoral experience since the date of their PhD viva. We welcome applications from non-traditional research backgrounds, including those who work in health care delivery.
Additional Information: Additional information can be found here: Cancer Prevention Fellowship poster (pdf). For more information and how to apply please: visit the website
Deadline: 7 Nov 2014
What: Research Fellow in Health Psychology
Where: Health Psychology Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Additional Information: An ambitious, mid-career Research Fellow with expertise in the design and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions (e.g. using Intervention Mapping or other frameworks for planning complex interventions); affinity in working in both clinical and non-clinical settings; and the ambition to move results from basic psychology research to large (cluster) randomized controlled trials that aim for impact on health and well-being. Expertise in e-health and real-time measurement and interventions would be considered an asset.
For further details and to make an application please see here
Deadline: 13 March 2014
What: REPLACE 2 aims to implement and evaluate the REPLACE community-based behaviour change intervention framework to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) in the EU. This project marks a significant shift in the ‘approach’ to ending FGM in the EU. The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss ending the practice of FGM in the EU.
When: 11th April 2014 9am – 5pm
Where: Coventry University London Campus, East India House, Middlesex St, London E1 7JF
Abstracts are invited on the following topics
- Community based research in FGM
- Behaviour change and the role of community/medical/social care practitioners
- Anthropological perspectives and first person interviews and testimonies.
- How different sociological perspectives inform policy.
- National and international laws, regulations and the role of human rights
- Institutional support, enforcement and implementation of policy
- Medical perspectives.
For more information on the event, to register your attendance, or to submit an abstract please visit the events page here
Abstract submission 28 Feb 2014
Registration 8 April 2014
What: The applications for the 2014 Synergy Expert Meeting: “Implementation Intention and Action Planning Interventions in Health Psychology. Evaluating the state of the art and developing guidelines for best practice and future research”, facilitated by Martin Hagger and Aleksandra Luszczynska, are now open!
When/Where: The proposed expert meeting will be held between 25th-26th August 2014 in Innsbruck.
Additional information: The Synergy Expert Meeting (previously known as Synergy workshop) takes place directly before the EHPS annual conference. It aims to advance the standard of work within the field by pooling expertise, sharing critical evaluations, and stimulating networking and collaborative research between researchers from all over Europe in an informal and supportive atmosphere. Thus, the role of the facilitators is to lead and coordinate the discussions and sharing of expertise, not to teach delegates about the topic. For more information, please see http://www.ehps.net/synergy/expertmeeting
A small number of grants are available for attendants of the Synergy Expert Meeting, see http://www.ehps.net/grants/synergy for further details.
Deadlines: Deadline for the expert meeting applications: 25th April 2014. Deadline for grant applications: 19th May 2014.
What: Researchers at Durham University are collecting information on interventions, completed or on-going, which target out of home food outlets such as takeaways, restaurants, pubs, cafes etc. Examples of such interventions may include increasing the availability of healthier products (i.e. new products or the reformulation of existing recipes to provide healthier versions), nutrition/cooking skills training for staff, nutritional information provided to the consumer or educational posters. If you have any information that you think may be useful please contact Frances Hillier-Brown (email: email@example.com; telephone: 0191 3340456)
Additional information: The project description can be found here: http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Summary-SPHR-FUS-PH1-FSO.pdf#view=Fit
What: Part time 1.5 year Research Assistant post
Where: Behavioural Science Group, University of Cambridge
Further details: To work with Dr Felix Naughton on a smartphone app based smoking cessation intervention. The postholder will work closely with Dr Naughton on a Medical Research Council (MRC) funded project exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a novel type of smoking cessation smartphone app that uses location sensing to deliver real-time support to help smokers avoid or cope with environmental cues to smoke. One of the main objectives of this role will be to contribute to the design, implementation and analysis of qualitative studies within the project. The postholder will also assist with other aspects of the project, which may include helping to obtain ethical and research governance approval, recruiting NHS sites, quantitative data analysis, writing reports and disseminating findings, depending upon their particular skills and experience.
Please see the job advert for more information.
Deadline: 19 February 2014
What: The launch of the newly established UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
When: Monday 17th February 2014 (from 5pm)
Where: Christopher Ingold Building (XLG2 Auditorium), University College London, 20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ
Behaviour change is increasingly recognised as central to human wellbeing, social cohesion and sustainability. Changing behaviour is a challenging and complex process, requiring theories, methods and evidence from many academic disciplines. UCL has considerable expertise in behaviour change which will be harnessed by the newly established Centre for Behaviour Change. Funded by the Provost’s Strategic Development Fund together with support from UCL’s Grand Challenge for Health and Wellbeing and five Faculty Deans, the Centre aims to increase the quality and quantity of academic activity in behaviour change at UCL, increase its public profile and its engagement with policy-makers, industry and support UCL in becoming a leading and world renowned centre for expertise in behaviour change.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-centre-for-behaviour-change-launch-event-tickets-9765828857
Save the date
What: UKSBM ASM 2014
In association with the National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI)
“Patients, Populations and Policy-makers: behavioural medicine in practice”
When: 3-4 Dec 2014 (pre-conference workshop 2 December)
Further Information: coming soon. To find out more please contact Holly Blake, Chair of the Scientific Committee
We look forward to welcoming you.