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July Bulletin

July Bulletin



Yvonne is on her way to Oz

We said goodbye to SCPHRP’s Yvonne Laird earlier on this month. Yvonne has accepted a new
position at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Prevention and Health Promotion and will
start her new role at the beginning of August. Yvonne will continue to work with SCPHRP in a
new capacity. Good luck ‘down under’ Yvonne!

Divya’s graduation

SCPHRP’s Divya Sivaramakrishnan attended her PhD graduation ceremony on 5th July. Divya
completed her PhD on developing a yoga programme for older adults in Scotland with the
Physical Activity for Health Research Centre. The ceremony was held at McEwan hall, with a
surprise party in the evening organised by SCPHRP. Congratulations Divya!

Jillian Manner finishes her Masters of Public Health

SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has finished her Master of Public Health specialising in Socio-
Behavioural Sciences through the University of Waterloo in her home country of Canada. She
completed the course at a distance whilst working as a full time Research Assistant at SCPHRP.
She had the opportunity to present about her experiences living working at SCPHRP. Jillian is
currently working on SCPHRP’s Stand Up for Health project. Well done Jillian!


New Research project: Supporting community recovery and reducing
readmission risk following critical illness

SCPHRP’s Larry Doi, Audrey Buelo and Jan Pringle are currently working on a project that
is using Six Steps in Quality Intervention Development (6SQuID) framework to develop an
intervention designed to support recovery and community living after life-threatening critical
illness. Hopefully, the intervention could help reduce the 45-50% chance of unplanned
rehospitalisation within 3 months for intensive care survivors with complex health and psychosocial
needs. The project is being funded by the Chief Scientist Office and is led by Professor
Timothy Walsh (Lead of Edinburgh Critical Care Research Group).
Contact Larry at if you would like further information about the project.

Stand Up For Health


SCPHRP’s Director Ruth Jepson along with Divya Sivaramakrishnan and Jillian Manner completed the first round of events in three contact centres for the Stand Up for Health project.Over the next year the project team will be travelling to an additional seven contact centres to host events, and collect baseline and follow-up data to evaluate the Stand Up for Health intervention. They had a blast during the first few events, and met lots of enthusiastic contact centre employees who wanted to take part. The picture on the left is the first employee to sign up!

For more information on the Stand Up for Health Project visit

20MPH Project

The University of East Anglia UEA have developed a short animation explaining the 20mph
project. Thanks to Dr Karen Milton for co-ordinating the animation, and to Dr Ruth Hunter for
providing the narration. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel


Jessica Hafetz Mirman has published a new paper, Characterizing the learning-to-drive period
for teens with attention deficits in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Tobacco Control Policy in Scotland: A Qualitative Study of Expert Views on Successes, Challenges and Future Actions
Yvonne Laird, Fiona Myers, Garth Reid and John McAteer

A theory based evaluation of an intervention to promote positive health behaviours and reduce social isolation in people experiencing homelessness
Stephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer

Daines, L., McLean, S., Buelo, A., Lewis, S., Sheikh, A. and Pinnock, H., 2019. Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 29(1), p.19.

Epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Explaining the phenomenon in South Asians
worldwide 9780198833246?cc=gb&lang=en&


‘SCPHRP Meets…’ Dr Elizabeth Ablah, University of Kansas – Wichita Associate Professor.

Dr Ablah met up with SCPHRP to discuss her WorkWell KS initiative.

Watch the video on our YouTube Channel here.

For more ‘SCPHRP Meets…’ videos and others, please check out and subscribe to our SCPHRP YouTube Channel



GCRF Online Community Platform

UKRI has launched a new online platform to facilitate researchers, technologists, practitioners
and professionals interested in the sustainable development goals to network around GCRF
themes and funding. Please consider registering and highlight this platform to your international
collaborators. University UK International (UUKi) seeking academics interested in Newton Fund

UUKi are supporting Newton Fund country researchers in finding UK partners. They are
compiling a database of UK researchers who would like to be contacted by UUKi, should a
relevant Newton partner/collaboration request be received.


GCRF-BBSRC-NERC: Sustainable Enhancement of Agriculture and Aquaculture Production Translation Call
Closing date: 18 Sep 2019 (£3.4m to support 12-16 projects)

Funding to accelerate the uptake and impact of BBSRC or NERC funded research into practical application, supporting interdisciplinary projects to address food security development and environmental challenges related to food production in LMICs.

GCRF-EPSRC-Innovate-DFID: Energy catalyst round 7
Closing date: 18 September 2019

Projects must encourage the development of products and services that support countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia (or both) to access secure, low cost and low carbon energy.

There are three strands of funding available:

Early stage (£50k – £300k)
Mid stage (£50k – £1.5m)
Late stage (£50k – £5m)

GCRF-AHRC: International Development Highlight Notice: Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement 2019
Closing date: 18 September 2019 (£100k for 12 month project)

Seeking proposals that enhance inclusive engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in DAC list countries and/or which will contribute more broadly to international development.

GCRF-AHRC: Research Networking Scheme
Closing date 24 September 2019 (up to £60k)
To develop research networks that will enhance the contribution that arts and humanities research makes to international development and the UN SDGs.

GCRF-Academy of Medical Sciences-Royal Academy of Engineering-Royal Society-British Academy Round 5: Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants
Opening mid-July (up to £25k)

Scheme for researchers across all disciplines from LMICs and the UK to hold networking events, to forge new links and generate innovative transdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges.

GCRF-Innovate UK: Demonstrate Impact Programme
Opening September 2019
This fund will particularly support later-stage or closer to market projects that show potential for transformative, positive change in the lives of people in (and on the economies of) LMICs


AHRC-DFID: Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme – Thematic Research Grants call

Closing date: 05 September 2019 (up to £580k for 18-24 month projects)

This initiative will support a portfolio of research projects to better understand the causes of
humanitarian protection risks/violations.
For links to additional information about GCRF, including resources and events please go to the
website or get in touch with Isobel Marr (



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