Thursday, 16 October 2014

52 weeks in public health research, part 41

Posted by Amelia Lake and Mark Welford

From Amelia Lake: Is it really 19 years since I started my first degree in human nutrition & dietetics at Glasgow Caledonian University?? It is! Three years were spent living on Byres Road completely in the central hub of a vibrant neighbourhood. I was there last week reflecting on changes good and bad but mainly missing the buzz of the west end of Glasgow.

From Amelia Lake: New Fuse Director Prof Ashley Adamson presents about public health nutrition at the Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC) Newcastle University 20 year anniversary event.

From Mark Welford: I saw this illustration by Cartoonist AndrĂ© Carrilho on The Independent newspaper's website under the headline "What's wrong with how the West talks about Ebola in one illustration".  Coincidently a day earlier, Professor Eugene Milne had used the same image in his guest lecture "How Fit For Purpose Is The New English Public Health System?" at Durham University to illustrate his point about the response to Ebola.  

From Mark Welford: Martin White and Jean Adams use twitter to thank everyone in Fuse and the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University for a great send off (they're both heading to the University of Cambridge).  They were particularly impressed by the Fuse branded draft excluder/snake created by Avril Rhodes, our resident knitter extraordinaire!  But what's this got to do with public health?  Well this extract from the letter introducing Fuse snake to the pair might shed some light on the matter:

"We snakes have had a bad reputation since the Garden of Eden which I’m working to improve constantly. For example, I’m not without academic qualifications myself – I am a Graduate of the Royal Academy of Draught Excluders and have the letters GRADE after my name (at every opportunity). GRADE members have undertaken a number of prestigious and tough draught excluding assignments, including, the Castle of Mey, Wormwood Scrubs, the House of Lords, York Minster (brrgh – chilly one that!) and Parkside.

"GRADE members are at the cutting edge of public health. We know cold kills (statistics demonstrate this unequivocally) and that Winter warmth campaigns make a real difference – please, we don’t need a four year evaluation or a meta-analysis to tell us. Consequently, GRADE members are constantly rushing to new assignments.

"I am working tirelessly to get a minimum level of insulation in all British homes and compulsory inclusion of solar panels in all new builds, running a special competition to improve the aesthetics of these panels (don’t they look awful??) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects. I’m no stranger to slithering my way into the boardrooms of Wimpey, Persimmon, Councils up and down the land, and current party conferences to make my point, and present them with incontrovertible evidence without any reference to “p” values, and whilst speaking with forked tongue. I’ve worked personally with Everest (and all the rest) to improve window draught proofing – even though it could put me out of a job."

A reminder from the Fuse blog group:

Each Thursday of 2014 we’ll try and post around four pictures on the Fuse blog that capture our weeks in public health research, from the awe-inspiring to the everyday and mundane. Given that more of the latter than the former exists in most of our lives, we foresee problems compiling 208 images worth posting on our own. So this is going to have to be a group project. Send an image (or images) with a sentence or two describing what aspect of your week in public health research they sum up and we’ll post them as soon as we can. You don’t have to send four together – we can mix and match images from different people in the same week.

Normal rules apply: images you made yourself are best; if you use someone else’s image please check you’re allowed to first; if anyone’s identifiable in an image, make sure they’re happy for it to be posted; nothing rude; nothing that breaks research confidentiality etc.

Email your posts to or contact any member of the Fuse blog group.

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