Research Councils Investing £2 Million Into Global Public Health Research

Date: 05/09/2017

AHRC and MRC are pleased to announce that they are investing over £2 million into 12 Partnership Awards that will bring together Arts and Humanities and Medical research to address issues of public health in developing countries,. The awards, listed below, address a variety of problems including: antimicrobial resistance, air pollution, reproductive health, palliative care, and mental health and resilience.  All 12 awards combine the strengths of the two research communities and will build a legacy of internationally networked and connected researchers who will be better able to understand and offer successful solutions to some of the major, modern, global public health challenges.

A second funding call for partnership awards has recently been announced and is now open to applications. The call remains open to applications that seek to address any global public health issue primarily affecting developing countries. A webinar is being held at 10:00am on Wednesday 6th September, after which the slides will be made available on the websites. Full details can be found on the AHRC and MRC websites. 

Both funding calls are being supported from the allocations for the AHRC and MRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Funded Partnership Awards:

  • Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds): Sourcing Community Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance in Nepal
  • Dr Rachel Harrison (School of Oriental & African Studies): The Cultural Contexts of Disease Prevention: The Case of Cholangiocarcinoma in Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Professor Carol Brayne (University of Cambridge): Pictures of ageing in Uganda; A partnership to explore demographics, phenotype and self perception in a community of older people
  • Dr Lisa Dikomitis (Keele University): Stories Of public health through Local Art-based Community Engagement (SOLACE)
  • Dr Patrick Bueker (University of York): The AIR Network - Action for Interdisciplinary air pollution Research
  • Professor Jane Plastow (University of Leeds): Promoting sexual and reproductive health education among adolescents through creative and youth-led practice in India, Malawi and Uganda
  • Professor Anthony Redmond (The University of Manchester): Mitigating the cultural, social and organisational barriers for meeting the needs of patients with major limb loss (MLL) in Northern Uganda
  • Dr Ciara Kierans (University of Liverpool): Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin: interdisciplinary approaches to understanding a complex medical phenomenon
  • Professor Andrew Irving               (The University of Manchester): Enhancing resilient deaf youth in South Africa
  • Dr Christopher Smith (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): Development of an intervention to support reproductive health of women after seeking medical abortion in Cambodia
  • Dr Shahaduz Zaman (University of Glasgow): Partnership to ensure the sustainability of a public health palliative care project in Bangladesh through community theatre
  • Professor Raghu Raghavan (De Montfort University): An exploration of mental health and resilience narratives of migrant workers in India using community theatre methodology

More details on all of these awards will appear on the Gateway to Research website (http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/) soon.

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