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 been awarded £4.3million funding from the UK Clinical Reseach Collaboration. This will allow DECIPHer to build on its pioneering research to improve the health of children and young people, continuing this work for another five years. Our fellow UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, CEDAR (Centre for Diet and Activity Research, Fuse (the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health), The Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, and UKCTAS (UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, have also been successful in securing funding to continue their work. We look forward to developing our links with these research centres, and with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy.
Additionally, DECIPHer has recently appointed a new Director, following the departure of founding Director Professor Laurence Moore to the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. Professor Rona Campbell of the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine, who has been Co-Director of DECIPHer since its inception in 2009, has taken over as Director. She is supported in this by Co-Directors Professor Ronan Lyons (Swansea University) and Professor Simon Murphy (Cardiff University).
ALPHA, our advisory group of young people, has also gone from strength to strength, working with researchers to ensure young people’s input is taken into account when designing and conducting research. For more on some of the highlights of DECIPHer’s work so far, have a look at the first issue of our newsletter, published last summer.
In terms of the future, keep an eye on the website, this blog, and our Twitter account for more on our latest projects and new developments for DECIPHer. In the meantime, thank you to all who have been involved in our work and supported us over the last five years, and here’s to making the next five even better!