CEDAR Bulletin – 7 October 2013

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New and updated CEDAR information

CROPPED MP900438641Following a successful renewal process earlier this year, on 1 October 2013 CEDAR officially started its second five year period of funding.

Building on our research portfolio in our early years, we have established eight interconnected research programmes that look at behaviours in a number of different settings and across the life-course.

We have recently updated profiles of all our research programmes, which can be found at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/research/

Administratively, CEDAR is now hosted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. This means that our postal address has changed to:

UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ

Researchers continue to be based at a number of sites in Cambridge and Norwich.


New CEDAR people

People landscape Oct 2013 SMALLInternational Strategic Advisory Group
We are pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to CEDAR’s International Strategic Advisory Group (ISAG), which provides advice to the CEDAR Director and Centre Management Committee on our scientific and translational strategy.

Jennifer Bostock. ISAG Lay Member. Jennifer has extensive experience of Patient and Public Involvement in research.
Dr Tony Jewell. Formerly Chief Medical Officer for Wales (2006-2012).
Prof Mike Kelly. Director, Public Health Centre, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Jim McManus. Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council.

Full membership and further detail about the ISAG can be found at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/about/isag

CEDAR researchers and staff
In the last few months we have also welcomed a number of new researchers at post-doctoral and PhD level, all part of our goal of building public research capacity for the future. Details of all our researchers and staff, past and present, can be found at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/people 


Evidence Brief –  Multiple social ties and healthy eating in older people
Findings from the EPIC-Norfolk study

Photo: NHS photo librarySupporting an ageing population is a key health challenge for the twenty-first century. Around half of those over seventy-five now live alone, and social isolation can affect their health. New research from CEDAR is adding to understanding about the influence of multiple social relationships on healthy eating.

View the Evidence Brief as a web page
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This research has also been featured in the Huffington Post and the Cambridge University Research portal:


Research highlights

JournalsThe following are a selection of recent publications involving CEDAR researchers. All are Open Access.

You can search nearly 150 CEDAR scientific papers by author, journal, study, title and abstract keywords on our publications database at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications

All Open Access publications can be found at: www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications/tag/open-access 


CEDAR / MRC Epidemiology Seminars

A man drawing a flow-chartCEDAR jointly organises a seminar series with the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, a chance to hear from leading researchers in diet and physical activity, along with the occasional policymaker.

Details of current talks are available on our website and at talks.cam.ac.uk. To receive email notifications of the latest talks, complete the form at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/news/seminars/

Going beyond public health nutrition: healthy and environmentally sustainable food choices
Dr Jennie Macdiarmid, Senior Research Fellow,  Public Health Nutrition Research group, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen.
Wednesday 30 October 2013, 12.30 – 1.30pm.
MRL meeting rooms 1 & 2, Level 4 Institute of Metabolic Sciences

The trials and tribulations of school based cluster randomised controlled trials to improve dietary quality in children
Dr Charlotte Evans, Lecturer in Nutritional Epidemiology, University of Leeds
Friday 22 November 2013, 12:30-1:30pm
Large Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Cambridge Institute of Public Health

Tackling the epidemic of diabetes in South Asians: reflections on the results of the Prevention of Diabetes and Obesity in South Asians (PODOSA) trial
Professor Raj Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 12.00 – 1.00pm.
MRL meeting rooms 1 & 2, Level 4 Institute of Metabolic Sciences

A Better Start: ‘what works’ to improve nutrition in 0-3 year olds
Professor Carolyn Summerbell & Mrs Claire O’Malley, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University
Wednesday 18 December 2013, 12:30-1:30pm
MRL meeting rooms 1 & 2, Level 4 Institute of Metabolic Sciences


Epidemiology for Clinicians Course – Tools for getting started in research
8 – 10 January 2014, Jesus College Cambridge.  Closing date for applications: 31 October 2013

JesusCollegeOrganised by the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge and the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton, this course provides a broad overview of epidemiological principles and methods, and an insight into some of the practical issues involved in conducting research.

By the end of the course attendees should appreciate the concepts of bias and confounding, be aware of the strengths and limitations of different study designs, and be familiar with terms such as hazard and standardised mortality ratios.

Who Should Apply? The course is open to clinicians working in any discipline. It would also be appropriate for those working in a clinical/public health area without clinical qualifications but with an interest in research.

Cost: Residential: £350 Non-residential: £205

Further information and application at www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/epi-for-clinicians
Or contact Christina Geach, Christina.Geach@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk  

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2013 


Applications invited for CLAHRC Fellowships 2014
Closing date for applications: 31 October 2013

nihr_colourThe NIHR CLAHRC East of England (CLAHRC EoE) is now inviting applications for their CLAHRC fellowship programme commencing 1 January 2014.

The aim of the CLAHRC fellowship is to develop research capacity and leadership in order to optimise the use of research evidence in the NHS.

The CLAHRC fellowship will give clinicians and health managers the skills to use research in their work and improve evidence-based decision-making. The CLAHRC fellows will gain an in-depth understanding of research methods, and be equipped with the tools for service redesign and for the introduction of innovation into their service environment. It is intended for clinicians and health service professionals in senior management positions within the health economy of the East of England, and is designed to have benefits for the fellows, their organisations and the NHS.

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2013 


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Questions and comments to Oliver Francis: ocf26@medschl.cam.ac.uk