Public Engagement Champions
Eight students from the Centre of Excellence (CoE) and the Centre for Public Health (CPH) have completed the first year of a pilot public engagement project delivered by CoE/CPH in partnership with QUB Research and Enterprise Directorate. The project aims to provide an introduction to public engagement and encourage researchers to involve members of the public at all stages of the research cycle from co-design through to dissemination. To date students have completed sessions on stakeholder mapping, public and personal involvement and participated in public engagement training. Recently the students presented their work and discussed with individuals with experience in the area of cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, community based physical activity and urban renewal.
Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Ageing Research for the Island of Ireland
Dr Claire McEvoy was recently awarded a Beeson sponsored Fellowship from the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI). As a Beeson-sponsored CARDI fellow, Claire will investigate the role of the Mediterranean diet in cognitive decline and dementia risk in both UK and USA cohorts and will test the effect of dietary change toward a Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Claire’s research will increase our knowledge on how diet may contribute to cognitive health and aims to inform future strategies to prevent and treat cognitive disorders in older adults.