Prof Angela Harden

Angela Harden is a Professor of Community and Family Health. She is a social scientist with expertise in public health and evidence-informed policy and practice. She has conducted extensive research into the health of young people and the communities in which they live. Key themes in her research include sexual and reproductive health, mental health, health inequalities, the wider determinants of health and the evaluation of complex interventions. Angela has a keen interest in research synthesis, transfer and exchange. She is widely known for her methodological work integrating qualitative research into systematic reviews. Motivated by a desire to learn from the views and experiences of those targeted by public health interventions, this work has received international acclaim.
Before joining UEL Angela held research and teaching positions in a number of universities including the Institute of Education at the University of London, Kings College, and Middlesex University. In 2003 she was awarded a four year senior research fellowship by the Department of Health on the promotion of young people’s health. Her most recent post was as Associate Director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education. Here she ran a number of large research projects as well as contributing to the design and delivery of a new MSc in Evidence Informed Policy and Practice. Between 2005 and 2008 she co-directed the Methods for Research Synthesis Node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. Internationally, Angela is an active contributor to the Cochrane and Campbell collaborations. She is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative Methods Research Group and was a co-director of the Cochrane Health Promotion and Public Health Field until it became the Cochrane Public Health Review Group in 2008. She now serves on the methodological advisory board for this new research group.
As a newly appointed Professor of Community and Family Health, Angela’s remit is to develop a programme of research linked to improving the health of Newham. Working closely with colleagues in UEL, Newham University Hospital Trust and relevant external partners, she will focus on research with local relevance for improving health and reducing inequalities. Please click here for more details on this research programme.

Professor Jonathan Grigg on the dangers of air pollution underground

Professor Jonathan Grigg, a practicing pediatrician who leads our Child Health theme has outlined the dangers of air pollution underground.

Millions of the Capital’s tube users are unaware of the greatly increased density of air, and much higher levels of harmful pollutants on the subway system compared to what they breathe above ground.

See Professor Grigg interviewed by ITV London News this week.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched an air quality campaign this week which will see restrictions on the most polluting vehicles
https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-unveils-hard-hitting-air-quality-campaign 

Read a blog by Professor Grigg on London’s “toxic air emergency”
https://www.healthylondon.org/latest/blog/londons-toxic-air

Relationship between speaking English as a second language and agitation in people with dementia living in care homes: Results from the MARQUE (Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of life) English national care home survey

Learning exchange trip to PenCLAHRC a success

On Tuesday September 26th CLAHRC North Thames’ public and patient partners took part in a learning exchange visit to Peninsula CLAHRC (PenCLAHRC).

The trip to PenCLAHRC’s Exeter office was part of our wider efforts to make connections with other CLAHRCs, especially those serving different populations in settings different from ours.

A delegation of CLAHRC North Thames public partners, staff and students (below right) visited colleagues at PenCLAHRC to make connections, compare notes on involving people in research and discuss future working together. Eight members of our lay Research Advisory Panel joined our PPI/E officer Steven Towndrow and CLAHRC PhD Nehla Djelloui who is investigating involving people in large scale service change in the NHS.

We were hosted by

We were welcomed by PenCLAHRC Director Professor Stuart Logan who set out the aims and objectives of PenCLAHRC and their partnership working with patients and the public.

After some introductions and networking we then looked at a research study early in development. Both sets of patient and public contributors provided the benefit of their experience and expertise to help shape the research.

Our thanks to Kristin and the PenCLAHRC PPI team –  for making us so welcome and for all their work in making the day a success. We are planning a return visit which will see PenCLAHRC come to London in the new year.

Funding success to develop research on vitamin B12 trial for pregnant women in India

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Principal Investigator on our NEON study has successfully applied for funding to develop a major research programme addressing the needs of women and children in India.

Professor Lakhanpaul (pictured below) is leading an application in respond to a call supported by a number of organisations from the UK and India (see below) under the title Global Research Programme; addressing the health needs of women and children in disadvantaged populations globally

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India, in collaboration with Department of International Development(DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) joint call to fund global health research addressing the health needs of women and children

Successful applicants will build partnerships across the UK and India to execute research that will impact the ability to prevent, diagnose and manage prevalent chronic and infectious diseases facing women and their unborn children in low-and middle-income (LMIC).

By successfully navigating the initial round of the application process (“the concept proposal”) Professor Lakhanpaul has secured a £4000 travel grant to support the development of a partnership for the full proposal development process. Her initial concept proposal was for a vitamin on vitamin B12 trial in pregnant women and children in India.

A full proposal will be made in September for the larger pot of funding.

Monica’s work with the Bangladeshi community in East London is also referenced in a recent blog Can women talking save lives? Reducing inequalities in newborn mortality in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Malawi