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Public Health Research project 09/3001/09 report published:

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:01

"Reducing alcohol-related harm in disadvantaged men: development and feasibility assessment of a brief intervention delivered by mobile telephone, Public Health Research".

MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:57

The Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) is a new MRC funding scheme designed specifically to provide support for early phase development of public health interventions. This rapid response funding scheme is aimed at improving the initial evidence on which the development and evaluation of public health interventions are based. Studies should address an important UK or global public health issue and offer an innovative approach to intervention development or applying an existing intervention in a new setting.

The scheme's remit ranges from primary research developing and designing the intervention to feasibility studies, encompassing:

  • developing theory
  • modelling process and outcomes
  • assessing feasibility

Systematic reviews, meta analyses and pilot studies are outside the remit of the PHIND scheme. Applicants can apply for up to £150K for a maximum of 18 months and the scheme will operate three times a year. For further information, please see the MRC website.

BSG Response to Consultation on the Government's Alcohol Strategy

Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:52

Tom Smith, BSG Chief Executive

The British Society of Gastroenterology is continuing to lobby in the interests of our members, and patients, across gastroenterology and hepatology. As I am sure you are aware, the Government is currently consulting on their Alcohol Strategy which includes provision for a minimum unit price for alcohol of 45p. The BSG is working closely with partners in the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) to ensure that this minimum unit price is brought into action and that it is set at the more effective price of 50p. This is a significant moment in the push for measures to deal with the increasing problems that alcohol poses to the nation's health and we must seize on the opportunity to demonstrate the widespread support of health professionals for these measures. The BSG & AHA have submitted their responses. (The BSG response may be viewed via the link below).

NICE Alcohol Evidence Update 2013

Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:34

'Alcohol use disorders: harmful drinking and alcohol dependence Evidence Update January 2013'

NICE has released a summary of selected new evidence relevant to its clinical guideline 'Alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence' (2011)

Evidence Updates provide a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the accredited guidance they relate to. They reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence. Evidence Updates highlight key points from the new evidence and provide a commentary describing its strengths and weaknesses. They also indicate whether the new evidence may have a potential impact on current guidance. For contextual information, this Evidence Update should be read in conjunction with the relevant clinical guideline, available from the NHS Evidence topic page for alcohol.

New study to examine thre role of vitamin D in the progression of paediatric NAFLD

Monday, 26 November 2012 08:19

Children's Liver Disease FoundationChildren's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF), the UK’s leading charity fighting childhood liver disease, is to fund a PhD student fellowship at the University of Surrey which will look at the role of vitamin D in the progression of paediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), now recognised as the most common cause of childhood liver disease in the UK.

The £74,500 award will fund a three year study, to be led by Dr Bernadette Moore, a lecturer in molecular nutrition at the University, who will be working in collaboration with Kings College Hospital Paediatric Liver Clinic.

"We are thrilled that CLDF have agreed to fund this project which will enable us to find out more about a disease which is affecting increasing numbers of UK children," commented Dr Moore. "The incidence of paediatric NAFLD has risen sharply in past three decades, affecting an estimated 3–9% of all children and up to 70% of obese children."

"Whilst we know that people in the UK have low level vitamin D status during the winter due to the lack of sunlight, children with fatty liver disease have been shown to have particularly low levels and this deficiency is associated with more severe liver disease. This project will examine the diet and specific genes that can affect vitamin D levels in UK children with liver disease."

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