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 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.

Picture of Congratulations cake

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).

Photo of banana with 'congratulations!' written on it.

A perhaps more appropriate variation on the celebration-by-food theme.

In the last five years, DECIPHer has carried out research on a range of key topics in public health, focusing on tobacco, alcohol and drugs; obesity, physical activity and diet; and mental health and wellbeing, whilst maintaining an emphasis on developing and evaluating complex interventions for improving the health of children and young people. The Centre has attracted over £28 million in additional grant funding, and twenty fellowships have been awarded to DECIPHer staff. Over 30 PhD students are undertaking or have completed DECIPHer-adopted or affiliated research projects, covering everything from substance misuse in young people, to sexual health promotion, to relationships between environment and physical activity.
DECIPHer staff and students, including new Director Professor Rona Campbell

Some Bristol-based DECIPHer staff and students, including new Director Professor Rona Campbell (centre), celebrating the good news.

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!

About the author: Catt Turney is Research and Knowledge Exchange Assistant at DECIPHer. She tweets at @CattTurney.

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