In this issue
- Website problems
- Improving our diets: more freedom or more control? Event recording available
- Obesity prevention – learning to do no harm
- PhD studentship opportunities for 2019
- Upcoming seminars and talks
- Our latest publications
- Your information and preferences
Updated January 2015
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Improving our diets: more freedom or more control?
Recording now available as part of the new MRC Epidemiology Unit podcast
The Confidence Interval is a new, occasional podcast from the MRC Epidemiology Unit – talking science, people and public health. You can listen on the University of Cambridge streaming service or via iTunes.
The latest episode features a recording of an event “Improving our Diets – More Freedom or More Control?” which was held on 23 October in Cambridge.
Policymakers try to improve our diets by labelling, taxes and influencing what shops are on the high street. The right approach is not just a matter of what works, but involves questions about governmental and personal rights and responsibilities. In this discussion, public health and policy experts explore the role of evidence and ethics in helping us decide how and when to intervene.
Listen to the recording:
Obesity prevention – Learning to do no harm
Essay by CEDAR PhD student shortlisted for 2018 Max Perutz Science Prize
An article by Sonja Klingberg, a PhD student in CEDAR’s Behavioural Epidemiology programme, was shortlisted for the 2018 Max Perutz Science Writing Award. You can read all the shortlisted and winning articles here.
“Our daughter doesn’t usually eat this for breakfast,” said the woman across the table from me. We were having breakfast together at a small lodge in South Africa, and I had just answered this fellow guest’s question about the topic of my PhD research. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have told her I study childhood obesity when we were having a nice conversation over a shared meal.
The woman’s 3-year-old daughter was eating sugary cereal, and I had not noticed this until I realised the mother’s embarrassment. If I had to guess, I would have assumed they were both a ‘healthy’ weight, and yet mentioning obesity had clearly alarmed the mother. Since then, I have been thinking a lot about how to promote health without promoting fears.
PhD Studentship opportunities for October 2019
Studentships available in epidemiology, diet and physical activity research, and school based health promotion.
A number of PhD studentships at the University of Cambridge are currently open for application. These all commence in October 2019, with a deadline for application of Thursday 3 January.
Full details at the links below:
- PhD Studentships in Public Health Research (Diet and Physical Activity)
- PhD Studentships in Genetic Epidemiology, Nutritional Epidemiology or Physical Activity Epidemiology
- PhD in School-based health promotion: an educational context.
If you have any difficulties accessing information about our research because of the current issues with the CEDAR website, please contact the relevant research leads via www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/people/director-programme-leaders
Upcoming seminars and talks
Bradford Hill Seminars
These are all held at 13.00 on Fridays in the Large Seminar Room, Institute of Public Health. More details at http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/14499
- 1 March 2019. Dr Kathryn Oliver, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Title TBC
- 15 March 2019. Professor Michael Kenny, Director of Bennett Institute of Public Policy. Title TBC
These will be held at various locations in Cambridge – details via the links:
- 8 January 2019, 12.00. Dr Enid Montague, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University.
Engineering the patient-provider experience.
- 21 January, 19.15. Sylvia Richardson. MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge. Mapping Health: Why, How, Considering what …
- 4 February, 19.15. Sian Evans, Public Health England. Title TBC
- 25 February, 19.15. Nicole Janz, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. Solving the Reproducibility Crisis
Our latest publications
The following papers have been published since the last CEDAR Bulletin. All are Open Access.
General public health
- Data visualisation to support obesity policy: case studies of data tools for planning and transport policy in the UK. Monsivais P, Francis O, Lovelace R, Chang M, Strachan E, Burgoine T. Int J Obes (Lond).
- Integrated knowledge translation in population health intervention research: a case study of implementation and outcomes from a school-based project. McIsaac JD, Penney TL, Storey KE, Sigfridson L, Cunningham J, Kuhle S, Kirk SFL. Health Res Policy Syst.
- Diet Quality through Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Cross-Sectional Associations of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet Index and Component Food Groups with Age. Winpenny EM, Greenslade S, Corder K, van Sluijs EMF. Nutrients.
- Eating at food outlets and leisure places and “on the go” is associated with less-healthy food choices than eating at home and in school in children: cross-sectional data from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Rolling Program (2008-2014). Ziauddeen N, Page P, Penney TL, Nicholson S, Kirk SF, Almiron-Roig E. Am J Clin Nutr.
- Socio-economic and age variations in response to supermarket-led checkout food policies: a repeated measures analysis. Ejlerskov K, Sharp SJ, Stead M, Adamson AJ, White M, Adams J. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act.
- Time trends in adherence to UK dietary recommendations and associated sociodemographic inequalities, 1986-2012: a repeated cross-sectional analysis. Yau A, Adams J, Monsivais P. Eur J Clin Nutr.
- Voluntary policies on checkout foods and healthfulness of foods displayed at, or near, supermarket checkout areas: a cross-sectional survey. Lam CCV, Ejlerskov KT, White M, Adams J. Public Health Nutr.
- Characteristics of the environment and physical activity in midlife: Findings from UK Biobank. Smith L, Panter J, Ogilvie D. Prev Med.
- Distance-decay functions of travel to work trips in India. Goel R. Data Brief.
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