Category Archive: Blog

  1. A Week at the DECIPHer Summer 2017 Short Courses

    By Dr Linda McConnon In June 2017 I attended two DECIPHer Short Courses: Developing Complex Public Health Interventions 12/07/2017-13/07/2017 Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions 14/07/2017-16/07/2017…

  2. Protecting babies in emergencies

    Guidance is needed on infant and young child feeding for families in the UK affected by disasters and emergencies. Heather Trickey and Helen Gray Disaster…

  3. DECIPHer New Starter – Dr Sara Long

      After two years of linking with DECIPHer through a previous role in Public Health Wales NHS Trust, I am particularly excited to have started…

  4. New DECIPHer PhD Student – Luke Midgley

    I have recently started as a PhD student at DECIPHer in Cardiff, completing an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)…

  5. Breakfast and Brains

    Schools are key settings for improving young people’s health and wellbeing. Most young people spend a large proportion of their waking hours in schools, and…

  6. My DECIPHer Internship

    Ailidh Durie, BSc Sociology and Social Policy I’ve worked with DECIPHer for just under four months now. I initially got in contact with Dr Adam…

  7. Bullying: a public health issue

    Talk to any individual who has experienced bullying, whether recently or many years ago, and they are able to vividly recount their experience. Whether you…

  8. Prioritising young people’s health

    Commissioners and health leaders need support in making the case for spending on young people’s health.  There are so many competing demands on health funding,…

  9. Fast food, slow progress?

    Once the party season is over, the beginning of a new year sees many of us determined to eat better and become more active. This…

  10. Health and education: what matters?

    ALPHA, our young people’s research advisory group, help ensure our research at DECIPHer is relevant, acceptable and understandable to young people. But we’re always looking…

  11. Catching up across cities

    DECIPHer is made up of three universities (Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea), and each of the three DECIPHer teams has its own particular strengths. The cross-university…

  12. E-cigarettes: what do(n’t) we know?

    E-cigarettes represent perhaps the most polarising issue in contemporary public health. Many have firmly backed them as a mechanism for reducing adult smoking rates. Others…

  13. Making theory more useful

    Is it possible to synthesise theory? Many of you will be familiar with the idea of synthesising evidence – finding out what research exists, assessing…

  14. Re-thinking ideas about breastfeeding peers

    Heather Trickey describes a Health Challenge Wales Seminar, jointly convened by DECIPHer, PHIRN and and Public Health Wales, which aimed to unpick evidence, theory, practice and…

  15. Why does cycling work?

    One of the things I enjoy about my job is the opportunity to make connections between the public health issues we research in DECIPHer, and…

  16. New starters for DECIPHer (part 4)

    The start of a new academic year often signals change and new beginnings, and this year is no exception for DECIPHer. A cohort of DECIPHer PhD students…

  17. Sexual health and social disadvantage

    Chlamydia is the most common treatable sexually transmitted infection in the UK, and is particularly common in sexually active men and women aged under 25….

  18. Getting a taste for research

    I have grown up in the Forest of Dean, which is beautiful but lacks opportunities for young people and is extremely rural and secluded. Starting…

  19. New staff for DECIPHer (part 3)

    In the last couple of months, we’ve welcomed three new members of staff to the Cardiff DECIPHer office, to work on a variety of new projects and…

  20. Good news for DECIPHer

      A cheerful blog post this week, to celebrate two pieces of excellent news for DECIPHer. First, we’re delighted to announce that the Centre has…

  21. Improving well-being for looked after children

    L-R: Dr. Paul Rees, Dr. Heather Payne, Alistair Davey, Dr. Liz Andrew, Dr. Sarah Morgan-Trimmer (seminar organiser), Dr. Sally Holland, Prof. Simon Murphy (DECIPHer Co-Director)….

  22. Smoking in cars with children

    By Nilufar Ahmed The debate on smoking in cars was reignited this week, with the House of Lords backing an amendment to the Children and…

  23. 2013 at DECIPHer

    The decorations have come down, Christmas books have been finished or abandoned, and the shops are full of Easter eggs – January is well and…

  24. Twitter: an evangelism-free introduction

    At a workshop at the 2013 DECIPHer symposium, something raised repeatedly was staff and students’ need for some introductory guidance on using Twitter. As someone who…

  25. Inequalities in uptake of the HPV vaccine

    By Harriet FisherHuman Papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly prevalent, sexually transmitted infection. Most people will be infected at least once in their lifetime, and the…

  26. Being Frank about DECIPHer

    Undergraduate student Zoe Phillips tells us about her first forays into the world of public health research. I joined DECIPHer at the start of August…

  27. ALPHA gets involved in the HBSC study

    Luke Brace, Shelby Jones, Oliver Sanders and Sophie Jones, members of DECIPHer’s advisory group, ALPHA, tell us about their recent trip to St. Andrews to…

  28. Thinking big

    Jonny Currie, having completed his medical training, is currently working as a research associate in DECIPHer’s Bristol office. He spoke to Catt Turney about health…

  29. The Science of Evaluation

    Dr. Adam Fletcher agrees with Ray Pawson that the principles of ‘realist’ social science should guide how we do evaluation but argues that we must…

  30. Why obesity policy needs to change

    By Dr. Tammy Boyce In England, more people are overweight than not, and around one in four adults are obese. The efforts of governments around…

  31. Good news for public health in Wales

    Professor Mark Drakeford, new Health Minister for Wales Following the appointment of Professor Mark Drakeford as Welsh Government Health Minister, Jonathan Scourfield reflects on the…

  32. Suits and panaceas

    Weary in brain and body? Let the dazzling presentations of cure-all solutions revive you. By Dr. Tammy BoyceI admit I may be prejudiced.  I don’t…

  33. LGBT health: A public health issue

    Too often, anything related to ‘LGBT issues’ is left to LGBT organisations By Catt TurneyFebruary is LGBT History Month in the UK, a time to…

  34. From Weston-super-Mare to the West Indies

    The balmy shores of Weston-super-Mare By Catt TurneyLast week, some Bristol-based DECIPHer staff, PhD students and I took a trip to Weston-super-Mare to attend the…

  35. Family matters

    By Dr. Jeremy SegrottThe concept of family is often taken for granted, perhaps because familial relationships are embedded in our everyday lives. Most of us belong…

  36. November: a month of new staff for DECIPHer

    DECIPHer’s newest additions: (L-R) Catherine Turney, Helen Hindley, Hannah Littlecott, Gillian Hewitt Things at DECIPHer have been very busy staff-wise in the last month. We…

  37. The highs and lows of starting a PhD

    By Heather Trickey “What? Are you totally nuts?!” – The encouragement from a friend when I told her I’d been fortunate enough to win a…

  38. Health and Housing

    Freiberg’s car-free city centre By Dr. Tammy BoyceLife as a civil servant can sometime be difficult – politicians constantly on the lookout for innovative ideas,…

  39. Ideas, possibilities and bridges

    Possibilities: The Millau Viaduct By Dr. Tammy Boyce An academic sits in their comfortable chair in an office with floor to ceiling windows, typing their…

  40. Can and should academics tweet?

    The shortest international bridge (10 metres long), linking Canada and the USA. By Dr. Tammy BoyceA blog on bridges and relationships between academia and policy…

  41. Why The Bridge at DECIPHer?

    By Dr. Tammy Boyce Despite the relevance of their findings to wider society, much academic research languishes in vast voids (otherwise known as journals) –…

  42. The Bridge

    By Dr. Tammy Boyce This is the first blog in the series ‘The Bridge’. The Bridge – not about the fantastic Swedish/Danish drama but a…