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30 Jul 2021

News and opportunities – 30 July 2021

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Each week, we publish a round-up of the latest news, events and opportunities that we hope our members and partners will find useful and relevant.

The update includes opportunities from the ARC North East and North Cumbria as well as from our local and national partners and networks.

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Bulletin from Friday 30 July 2021

Funding opportunity: Launchpad Grants in Mental Health

The Medical Research Foundation has just announced new Launchpad Grants in Mental Health of up to £100,000.

The grants are aimed at early and mid-career researchers and clinical academics, whose research will increase understanding of mental health, and improve diagnosis, treatment and recovery. They particularly encourage applications from areas that have been identified as in need of funding, including ADHD, Tourette’s, suicide and self-harm, and trauma-related mental health.

You can find out more by following this link.

Involving children and young people in research – new resources available

A selection of useful resources around supporting the active involvement of children and young people in research, are now available on the ARC NENC website – including an involvement toolkit and advice on remuneration.

You can view the resources here

Research associate – The impacts on mental health of the implementation of Universal Credit

Newcastle University are seeking a Research Associate to undertake qualitative research as part of an NIHR-funded study that is evaluating the impacts on mental health of the implementation of Universal Credit. This is a multi-institute project and will involve working alongside researchers from other involved universities.

Find out more about the role

Find out more about the study – assessing the impact of Universal Credit on mental health and wellbeing

Research associate  – complex child trauma and mental health

Bath University are seeking a Research Associate for a two-year project funded by the national NIHR ARC network. The project will investigate the implementation of NICE-recommended mental health treatments for young people in care.

This is one of a number of projects being undertaken as part of joint work across the Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) in England around Health and Care Inequalities, and led by the ARC North East and North Cumbria.

Find out more about the position

Find out more about the cross-ARC Health and Care Inequalities research consortium

Reminder: Funded Masters’ Degree places available on courses at Newcastle and Northumbria University – apply by August 31st

To support the development of research skills in our region, the ARC North East and North Cumbria are funding a number of Masters’ degree courses at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities in a range of health, social care and other applied research topics. This is fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to start their journey in applied health or social care research.

Visit the website to find out more info and apply.

PhD opportunity – Facilitating improved health in type 2 diabetes patients from low socio-economic and minority groups in the North East.

This is a fully-funded PhD Studentship based at Newcastle University, starting September 2021 for three years. It will explore health behaviours and attitudes to physical activity and dietary changes in relation to type 2 diabetes and obesity in low socio-economic status minority groups in the North East of England.

The research will involve working in collaboration with the Newcastle United Foundation, particularly in participant recruitment but also in the development of new community-based health programmes in target groups. Closing date 16 August.

Find out more and apply

Book now: Fuse Research Meeting led by the Complex Systems Programme – Showcasing Regional Innovations in Preparation For Surgery: Improving Patient Experience, Health Outcomes and Efficiencies

Thursday 9 September 2021, 9 am – 12 pm

This meeting is for anyone interested in pre-habilitation and preparation for surgery from a clinical, academic, commissioning, providing and policy perspective.

Find out more and book

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