MRC Centre for Environment and Health

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: School of Public Health

Abstract

Environmental exposures are increasingly recognised as playing a fundamental role in the development and exacerbation of human diseases, against a background of genetic susceptibility. Estimates suggest that 70% to 90% of disease risks are due to differences in environments. Over half of the world's population now lives in urban environments (around 3.5 billion people worldwide and increasing). Therefore, the built environment plays a critical role in shaping population exposure to environmental hazards, both in the UK and other high-income countries and in Lower and Middle-Income Countries. Urban living is accompanied by a range of environmental challenges including air and noise pollution, especially related to transport networks, access to green space, housing quality and other exposures such as non-ionising radiation from the panoply of digital communications systems and devices. Many environmental exposures are ubiquitous and therefore we are all exposed to a greater or lesser extent (e.g. air pollution). Given the overwhelming importance of the environment in determining variation in disease rates both between and across populations, there is great potential to reduce morbidity and mortality from disease, and increase life expectancy, from appropriate interventions and controls on environmental exposures. By contrast, although genetic susceptibility is important, genes contribute overall to a relatively small component of disease variation in populations and are much less open to manipulation than the environment. Therefore, to have major impact on disease occurrence, we need to i) identify existing and emerging environmental hazards, ii) quantify the risk to human individuals and populations, iii) better understand the mode of action and toxic properties of such environmental contaminants, and iv) help identify populations and individuals at greatest risk so that interventions (including prevention policies and treatments) can be appropriately targeted.

In this second renewal period of the Centre, we propose to focus our research efforts on three ubiquitous environmental challenges, air pollution, noise pollution and non-ionising radiation. We propose to take a holistic ('whole systems') approach to understand the influence of the environment on disease development, progression and exacerbation. We will focus on the influence of urban environments on health, at population, individual and molecular levels. We will exploit developments in i) low-cost technologies that will help measure the extent that individuals are exposed to specific pollutants (e.g. from air); ii) comprehensive assessment of advanced analytical methods that provide information from biological samples (blood, urine) on exposure to environmental contaminants; iii) information on exposure to environmental hazards collected from wearable devices and from satellite images (e.g. air pollution), and other data sources that capture the complexity of human interactions with the city environment; iv) new methods that allow us to combine data from a variety of sources and analyse them together to better understand the relationships of environmental factors and health.

To address the issues related to the analysis of very large datasets, we will link to the investments that have been made in Health Data Research (HDR) UK (both Imperial and King's are part of the HDR UK London substantive site). We will utilise and further advance developments in computational techniques to gain new knowledge on the causal links between environment and health. In this way we aim to help identify individuals at greatest risk from their exposures to environmental hazards, and thus plan for appropriate messaging to the public, mitigation and prevention of the effects of the adverse environmental exposures on health.

Technical Summary

We propose to focus our research efforts on three ubiquitous environmental challenges: air pollution, noise pollution and non-ionising radiation. We will study these exposures at the population, individual and molecular levels, taking a systems approach to understand the influence of the environment on disease development, progression and exacerbation. We will focus on the influence of urban environments on health, exploiting developments in i) low-cost environmental sensor technologies that will improve individual exposure assessment at scale; ii) comprehensive assessment of biological signatures through omic technologies applied to our cohorts; iii) remote sensing (including satellites) and other data sources that capture the complexity of human interactions with the city environment; iv) multi-dimensional approaches to data integration and analysis. To further a causal understanding of the effects of environmental contaminants on health, we will investigate the pathophysiological pathways and accompanying mechanisms behind such effects using omic technologies, cell cultures and model organisms.

We will combine high-resolution locational data (space, time), experimental data, biomarker and mechanistic studies, and analyses of large cohorts, using advanced exposure modelling and hierarchical statistical techniques. To address the high computational and data analytic needs, we will link to Health Data Research (HDR) UK (both Imperial and King's are part of the HDR UK London substantive site), and utilise and further advance developments in computational biology and bioinformatics. Such advances are essential to better understand the mode of action and toxic properties of a range of environmental contaminants, and help identify individuals at greatest risk. The results of our research will inform the design and implementation of policies to control, as necessary, and reduce the population disease burden from environmental hazards.

Planned Impact

Ensuring the maximum impact of our research is one of the core aims of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health. Our strategies for realising these impacts are detailed further in our Pathways to Impact.

Public: The Centre undertakes research into major public health questions concerning the effects of environmental hazards, such as air pollution. The results of our research inform the design and implementation of policies to control, as necessary, environmental exposures to lower the risk to the population and hence reduce the disease burden and improve health. The knowledge gained from our research is disseminated through existing, well supported channels, and used to influence the policies and interventions that affect the lives of people across the world. Our input to policy includes on air quality exposure limits and improving the understanding of the causes of non-communicable disease. Through our media and other contacts, the Centre has had considerable impact in highlighting key environment and health issues to the general public, e.g. the risks to health from ambient levels of air pollution. In addition, the Centre will seek to engage further with the public, providing them with the information needed to understand the science behind the research outputs, and therefore empowering them to make better-informed decisions and choices.

Policymakers: In the areas of environment and public health, policymakers benefit from the Centre's research outputs in a number of ways. Our researchers will continue to work in collaboration with policy experts, providing the evidence necessary for effective science-based policy. Many of the Centre's senior researchers hold policy and advisory group positions. We intend to develop more proactive mechanisms for sharing up-to-date information and data developed within the Centre to benefit policymakers, providing them with the necessary information to make informed policy decisions. For example, Centre members are interacting directly with the government Chief Scientist on the appropriate response to the levels of air pollutants extant in our major cities. Finally, the training offered by the Centre to early career researchers, who may then go on to work in policy and public health, provides them with the knowledge and expertise for effective policy decision-making within environment and health.

Industry: We are already working with a range of industrial collaborators on new technologies for measurement and control of pollutants, and in health screening. More generally, industry will benefit from the development of new methodologies or resources of public health or clinical relevance, some of which will be of commercial value. We can also benefit industry through acting as an effective research partner, bringing together wide-ranging, and cross-cutting research resources and expertise. Workers within particular industries will benefit from research that is more focussed on occupation, e.g. taxi drivers, London Underground staff, police officers, and will lead to cleaner, less polluted and/or less stressful workplaces and better health for employees.

Early Career Researchers (ERCs): ERCs benefit from the wide range of training and opportunities provided by the Centre, including bespoke training workshops, seminars, and networking events. This will equip them with the skills to develop careers in environment and health, within academia, industry, government and national/international policymaking.

Publications

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Title Art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE" as part of MRC Festival of Medical Research - 17-27 June 2019 
Description The MRC Centre's activity for the MRC Festival of Medical research in 2019 was an art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE". The aim was to raise awareness and engage in discussion with the public on the protective health effects of urban greenspace, and the challenges of measuring human connection to natural environments. The art installation was created by one of our MRC early career researchers, Charlie Roscoe, and artists, Enya Lachman-Curl, Robbie Thompson, Rupert Cole and Robbie Parks. The GREENSPACE installation was located for a two weeks in a public space in London - Merchant Square in Paddington. This is a busy urban area frequented by many local office workers during their lunch break and a significant number engaged in discussion with the MRC Centre researchers present or obtained information on our work on Greenspaces through the leaflets provided. The event was widely advertised as part of the MRC Festival programme and in the websites and social media for the MRC Centre, Imperial College and the Medical Research Council both before and after the event. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Raising awareness amongst members of the public of the importance of greenspaces in urban settings for health and wellbeing. 
 
Description Appointment of MRC Centre member as UKRI and Met Office new Clean Air Champion for the Strategic Priorities Fund Clean Air Programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Health Data Strategy for London - national consultation on strategy development.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Joint DHSC-Academy of Medical Sciences Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research: Learning Applied from COVID
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Medical Research Council consultation on MRC Unit and Centre Portfolio Review of major research and health opportunities and challenges.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description NIHR & MRC hosted FORUM Multimorbidity Workshop - 2 days - co-chair - October 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NIHR/MRC Strategic Priority Fund Multimorbidity Wave 2 Launch - Multimorbidity At Scale Concept
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description National COVID Response Centre (NCRC) Variant Technical Group - presentation of REACT community surveillance study results
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Presentation to the UK Government COVID-19 Vaccine Benefit / Risk Expert Working Group - March 2021 - on the REACT study programme(REACT2)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Provision of advice to COMARE Committee - by UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description REACT study programme - referred to in UK Government SAGE COVID-19 committee meetings
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Reporting to UK Government Pillar 4 Immunity and Surveillance Data Debrief Group on REACT COVID-19 community surveillance programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact REACT study results have directly informed UK Government public health policy and influence decision-making on timing and extent of national restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic alongside other national studies including the ONS household survey. REACT data is reported nationally at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/monthly-results-for-react-1-studies/. A recent editorial in the Lancet Respir Med 2022 reports on the importance of REACT data for continued community surveillance Lancet Respir Med 2022 https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(22)00016-9.
 
Description UK Government Cabinet Office Covid-19 virtual roundtable (health and society) 2020 - by invitation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund - Multimorbidity Steering Group - role as joint chair (2019) & subsequently as SC member (2020-)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Vaccines Science Coordination Group, SAGE COVID - reporting on the REACT community surveillance programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description A statistical framework for the apportionment of particulate contaminants and their health effect determination
Amount £512,332 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/T044713/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2021 
End 08/2024
 
Description APEx: An Air Pollution Exposure model to integrate protection of vulnerable groups into the UK Clean Air Programme
Amount £1,024,736 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001887/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 02/2022
 
Description CO-CONNECT: COVID - Curated and Open aNalysis aNd rEsearCh plaTform
Amount £4,091,229 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/V03488X/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description Characterise and quantify the biological, social and environmental drivers of medium-term health outcomes following infection with SARS-CoV-2: national administrative data linkage to the REACT national community prevalence programme
Amount £19,944,305 (GBP)
Funding ID HDRUK2020.143 
Organisation Health Data Research UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 06/2021
 
Description Cognitive DeveLopment in the Urban Environment (The CLUE study)
Amount £128,349 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description Component-Specific Air pollutant Drivers of Disease Risk in Early to Midlife: a pathway approach. (DREaM)
Amount £1,177,667 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T001895/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 01/2022
 
Description Creating a national platform for molecular studies of multiple conditions: HDRUK multiomics consortium
Amount £1,088,606 (GBP)
Funding ID CFC0107 
Organisation Health Data Research UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2022
 
Description Developing a UK Community Emission Modelling System (DUKEMS)
Amount £74,336 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 06/2022
 
Description Developing and disseminating tools for population health improvement: an online interactive atlas for identifying environmental change
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID MC-PC_21024 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 12/2023
 
Description Discover-Now Digital Innovation Hub at Imperial College London
Amount £306,572 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Department Industrial Strategic Challenge Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description Exposure to particulate matter on the London Underground in healthy subjects and patients with chronic respiratory disease
Amount £867,270 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/S035613/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2022
 
Description Grant awarded to Dr Stephanie Wright starting April 2020 - "Understanding UK airborne microplastic pollution: sources, pathways and fate"
Amount £582,250 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2023
 
Description Health Protection Research Unit on Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards at Imperial College London
Amount £3,996,866 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR 200922 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2025
 
Description Integrated Observation System for Clean Air
Amount £491,256 (GBP)
Organisation United Kingdom Research and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2021 
End 03/2022
 
Description Integrated digital monitoring and management of air pollution in African cities
Amount £132,198 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T029145/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 10/2021
 
Description MRC World Class Laboratories Capital Award 2020/21
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Pathways and Levers for prevention of Multi-morbidity from Young and Middle Adulthood
Amount £100,738 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/V005057/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Public Health Impacts of UK's Clean Air Zones
Amount £2,274,895 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/T03226X/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2025
 
Description REACT Long COVID (REACT-LC)
Amount £5,436,399 (GBP)
Funding ID COV-LT-0040 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2023 
End 02/2024
 
Description REACT-GE: Multi-omics to identify biological pathways underlying severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection
Amount £2,125,587 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/V030841/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2020 
End 06/2021
 
Description Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission
Amount £4,407,886 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Department Department of Health and Social Care
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description SCAMP Wave 2
Amount £2,449,458 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/V004190/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 01/2026
 
Description The impact of the Environment and Pollution On Cognitive Health (EPOCH): Building the knowledge base through international collaboration
Amount £53,618 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Using metabolomics to investigate the metabolic signatures and associated pathways linked to short-term exposure to air pollutants
Amount £615,557 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/S020810/2 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2022
 
Description West London Healthy Home and Environment Study (WellHome)
Amount £2,900,363 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/W002116/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2021 
End 07/2025
 
Description Worldwide phenotypes of obesity-related morbidity and multi-morbidity
Amount £2,556,034 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 11/2026
 
Description Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) Cohort - collaboration 
Organisation Genomics plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of epidemiological advice on study design, biospecimen collection protocol and contribution of experience from UK Biobank.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in genomics, Biobanking, pharmacogenetics.
Impact ongoing collaboration - pilot planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) Cohort - collaboration 
Organisation GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Department Quantitative Sciences (GSK)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of epidemiological advice on study design, biospecimen collection protocol and contribution of experience from UK Biobank.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in genomics, Biobanking, pharmacogenetics.
Impact ongoing collaboration - pilot planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) Cohort - collaboration 
Organisation Queen Mary University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of epidemiological advice on study design, biospecimen collection protocol and contribution of experience from UK Biobank.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in genomics, Biobanking, pharmacogenetics.
Impact ongoing collaboration - pilot planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) Cohort - collaboration 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department MRC Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of epidemiological advice on study design, biospecimen collection protocol and contribution of experience from UK Biobank.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in genomics, Biobanking, pharmacogenetics.
Impact ongoing collaboration - pilot planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Accelerating Detection of Disease (ADD) Cohort - collaboration 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of epidemiological advice on study design, biospecimen collection protocol and contribution of experience from UK Biobank.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in genomics, Biobanking, pharmacogenetics.
Impact ongoing collaboration - pilot planned
Start Year 2019
 
Description Discover-NOW Health Data Research Hub 
Organisation Imperial College Health Partners
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Expertise in clinical epidemiology of common multifactorial diseases and assessment of environmental exposures and access to Small Area Health Statistics Unit health and environmental datasets.
Collaborator Contribution Project and data hub coordination and liaison with healthcare providers and services.
Impact ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2020
 
Description Discover-NOW Health Data Research Hub 
Organisation Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Expertise in clinical epidemiology of common multifactorial diseases and assessment of environmental exposures and access to Small Area Health Statistics Unit health and environmental datasets.
Collaborator Contribution Project and data hub coordination and liaison with healthcare providers and services.
Impact ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2020
 
Description Discover-NOW Health Data Research Hub 
Organisation North West London Commissioning Hub
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Expertise in clinical epidemiology of common multifactorial diseases and assessment of environmental exposures and access to Small Area Health Statistics Unit health and environmental datasets.
Collaborator Contribution Project and data hub coordination and liaison with healthcare providers and services.
Impact ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2020
 
Description MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences - collaboration 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Initiated a one-day "Innovation Mixer" jointly organised with the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences at Imperial College London to present and discuss research topics of potential common interest with the MRC Centre. A number of Imperial-funded SAMURAI PhD studentships (Strategic Alliance MRC University Investments At Imperial) were planned to support the development of collaborative projects, but this initiative was deferred due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Collaborator Contribution Positive response to Innovation Mixer event and interest in follow-up collaboration
Impact not yet
Start Year 2020
 
Description MRC Toxicology Unit collaboration 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Toxicology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborations with the MRC Toxicology Unit strengthened through invited partnership in the NIHR HPRUs in Environmental Exposures and Health and in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards and via the Joint International Scientific Advisory Board. We are exploring sharing access to training resources and opportunities for PhD candidates in our Centre PhD training programme to the MRC Integrated Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP), managed by the MRC Toxicology Unit.
Collaborator Contribution In discussion - plans for sharing access to training resources and opportunities for PhD candidates in the MRC Integrated Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP), managed by the MRC Toxicology Unit with those studying in our MRC Centre.
Impact continuing collaboration
Start Year 2019
 
Description Metabolomic and epigenetic ageing project 
Organisation University of Oulu
Department Biocenter Oulu
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Study concept and design, data curation and analysis, AIRWAVE data acquisition, drafted paper
Collaborator Contribution Data and metabolomic analysis of NFBC cohort
Impact Published paper Robinson O et al. Ageing Cell doi: 10.1111/acel.13149
Start Year 2020
 
Description REACT research programme- statistical analysis 
Organisation Lancaster University
Department Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Study concept and design, methodology and data collection. Data interpretation from epidemiological perspective.
Collaborator Contribution Statistical analysis, data mapping, data modelling and visualisation; advice on statistical interpretation of data and spatial/temporal trends
Impact https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/monthly-results-for-react-1-studies
Start Year 2020
 
Description UK DRI and CHARIOT patient register collaboration 
Organisation Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Expertise in epidemiology of patient cohorts and metabolomics and genome wide association studies
Collaborator Contribution Data collection in the CHARIOT patient register and expertise in elderly/geriatric clinical epidemiology and diseases of later life including dementias.
Impact new ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2020
 
Description Academic Health Sciences Centre Seminar Series 2020 on "Challenging the Myths and Misconceptions of Radiation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar as part of Imperial College AHSC lunchtime research seminar series with mixed audience of academics, clinicians, students and media correspondents. Seminar presented some results from the COSMOS mobile phone use and health project and the SCAMP study of adolescents and cognitive development project. There was a lot of questions during the networking session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DTI & British Consulate-General São Paulo Brazil webinar on The UK Testing Programme for Covid-19 - a Cross Sector Collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event focused on healthcare innovation and across-sector collaboration in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Presentations and debate on how the UK National Testing Programme was conceived and is being delivered, with a panel of expert speakers from Government and healthcare agencies, academics and industry. Question session followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Delivering Effective and Engaging Science Communication for School Children presentation - 6th October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The webinar was aimed at early career researchers who want to improve their ability to engage young children with their scientific research and develop confidence in their communication. This session explored the features of effective and engaging public engagement and educational outreach in the school environment and outline the challenges, needs and expectations of pupils and their teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description E-poll on VOICE Imperial Platform for public participants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Imperial VOICE Digital Platform was used to engage and involve members of the public in a priority-setting initiative. Participants were asked, "Which environmental hazard are you most interested in hearing about?". This activity was designed to inform the content of the research programme within the HPRU application. Responses tied between air pollution and climate change as the most important environmental concern, followed by chemical hazards. This platform allows researchers to access a large and diverse community quickly and easily, use flexible methods of involvement from polls and surveys to discussion forums and public panels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.voice-global.org/public/opportunities/archived/which-environmental-hazards-most-concern-...
 
Description Great Exhibition Road Festival 2021 public engagement activity at White City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over two days, engaged with the general public providing activities and information on the impact of air pollution and chemical exposures on health and the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Imperial College Academic Health Sciences Centre seminar series - Developing antibody tests for COVID-19 - July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lunchtime seminar designed to inform mixed audience of clinicians, academics and students about work to develop and assess various antibody tests for coronavirus followed by Q&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview with Dr Stephanie Wright, King's College London, about research into plastic fibres being found in the air featured on the BBC's 'War on Plastics with Hugh and Anita' June 17 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Stephanie Wright, King's College London, appeared on "War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita" on Mon, June 17, 2019 to discuss the potential for microscopic plastic particles (microplastics) to impact human health via inhalation and diet. Dr Wright is interested in whether microplastics are airborne; whether air quality measurement instruments can be applied to monitor microplastics; what the sources of airborne microplastics are; whether humans are bioaccumulating microplastics; and the potential human health impacts associated with microplastic exposure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.pressdata.co.uk/viewbroadcast.asp?a_id=18502399
 
Description Keynote presentation by Dr Stephanie Wright at the GESAMP International Workshop on assessing the risks associated with plastics and microplastics in the marine environment, 21st-23rd May 2019, Geneva, Switzerland on "Human health risks associated with nano- and microplastics" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote presentation by Dr Stephanie Wright at the GESAMP International Workshop on assessing the risks associated with plastics and microplastics in the marine environment, 21st-23rd May 2019, Geneva, Switzerland on "Human health risks associated with nano- and microplastics"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Landfill and Health: PPI Café 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SAHSU researchers hosted a table at a PPI Cafe in a Community Centre in Westminster. The aim of the event was to enhance members of the public in a discussion about their perceptions of the health impacts of landfill sites, whether this is an important concern (or area of study) for them and to discuss how SAHSU uses health data in research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of the "MRC Sustainability Working Group Report + Survey" 16th October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The MRC Centre Sustainability Working Group, a branch within the Researchers Society launched their report and survey. This survey and report are the fruit of months of hard work and received the approval and full support of Prof. Paul Elliot and Prof. Frank Kelly, who hosted the launch event.
The report the report provides a thorough analysis of current barriers and opportunities for sustainable changes within the MRC Centre (and more broadly the college), and makes informative and specific recommendations to make our centre a more sustainable place. You can download it here. In addition, they are also launching a survey to help us understand what are the current challenges faced by students and staff in the MRC Centre. Be part of the change and fill in the survey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3A37d63090efbd4908883480b795a48c23%40thread.tacv2/tab%3A%3A...
 
Description MRC Centre Sustainability Working Group - Sustainability Week Event, 15-19 February 2021 (series of virtual interactive events) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Series of virtual interactive events including Plastic Free Challenge; Sustainable Transport- London By Cycle tips; cooking with low environmental impact Recipe Club, etc.
Events promoted across the Centre's network to encourage ideas to promote sustainable living.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC Centre and the London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) researcher "mixer" networking event 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Informal networking event for members of the MRC Centre and the London Institute of Medical Sciences including short presentations with aim of learning about each others' activities and exploring potential opportunities for collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description MRC Centre news feed on topical health issues of the day including COVID-19 pandemic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Regular news feed via MRC Centre website picking up on topical news stories in environment and health e.g. reports from the REACT COID-19 study which made national news and wide media coverage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://environment-health.ac.uk/3-weeks-into-lockdown-latest-REACT-study-findings-show-coronavirus-...
 
Description Online activities hosted during Wellbeing Week hosted by Researchers' Society - 21st-23rd July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact For wellbeing week, the MRC CEH Researchers' Society organised two activities, namely 'Post graduate dance fitness' and 'Art therapy for self-care'. These two activities aimed to encourage PhD students and Early-Career Researchers to take time out to boost mood through exercise, focus on self-care, to learn how to recognise and guard against symptoms of anxiety, depression and burn out.
- Art therapy with 'Social Art and Therapy'
- Dance fitness with Vincent Merouze
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online interactive talks by air quality researchers as part of Saturday STEM sessions with the White City community - November 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A two-way conversation between the host and the scientist to engage children by communicating the dangers of air quality and what can be done to reduce this. The children participated in the discussion through posting questions, polls and a fun quiz at the end.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online screening of "The Story of Plastic" and panel discussion - hosted by the Researchers' Society 28th July 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact To mark Plastic Free July, the MRC CEH Researchers' Society is participating in the grassroots screening tour of The Story of Plastic, a documentary by The Story of Stuff Project. The Researchers' Society hosted an online event, including a screening of the documentary and a panel discussion and Q&A session with invited speakers.
Panellist members included:
- Delphine Lévi Alvarés- Rethink Plastic Alliance
- Prof. Paul Lickiss - Academic Leader in Sustainability ICL
- Dr Stephanie Wright - Lecturer in Toxicology ICL
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online training presentation for University of Warwick medical students on the REACT 2 COVID-19 study of keyworkers in Airwave cohort 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Online training session to introduce the REACT study and the health screening process to medical students at one of the selected field centres for the REACT 2 study in key workers prior to clinic go live date.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Online workshop "Food for Thought" hosted by the Researchers' Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Webinar open to HPRU students and early career researchers entitled "Food for thought" with guest speaker "Dr Saray Stancic" followed by a panel discussion on lifestyle medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Participated in "Share your passion and your knowledge with young people" online workshop 26th May 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Created a compilation of short videoclips aimed at secondary school students, sharing information about our work on air pollution, health effects etc. The aim is to support online/home learning in secondary schools, while also sharing our passion for the work we do and inspiring young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. This activity was part of a larger project on the E3G/London Climate Action Week (November 2020), aimed particularly at secondary schools with high percentage BAME pupil populations in socio-economically deprived areas of London with poor air quality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Participation in the "Ask an Air Quality Scientist" initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Also in support of the 2020 Clean Air day campaign, and in collaboration with the Indoor Air Quality Working Party (IAQWP) we took part in the "Ask an Air Quality Scientist" initiative, matching primary schools with scientists for an online classroom session of 30-45 minutes in October or November. The children were then asked to design a poster on the topic of air quality and what the ideal home should look like. The winner will have their work displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Clean Air Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation - NOVA Meet A Scientist online event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact NOVA organises an after school Meet A Scientist and invited me. Brendan Bos used slides and a quiz to inform and engage the audience and had an open question session afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation by Dr Areti Boulieri on "Detecting life expectancy anomalies in England using a Bayesian hierarchical model" at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 in Malaysia from 18th to 23rd August 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr Areti Boulieri on "Detecting life expectancy anomalies in England using a Bayesian hierarchical model" at the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress 2019 in Malaysia from 18th to 23rd August
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.isi2019.org/
 
Description Presentation by Dr Jessica Laine on "Cross-omics mediation in epidemiology: moving beyond biomarkers and into molecular mechanisms" - 2019 Annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiological Research (SER) in Minneapolis, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr Jessica Laine on "Cross-omics mediation in epidemiology: moving beyond biomarkers and into molecular mechanisms" - 2019 Annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiological Research (SER) in Minneapolis, USA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://epiresearch.org/annual-meeting/2019-meeting/
 
Description Presentation by Dr Stephanie Wright at the Society for Free Radical Research Europe (SFRRE) Annual Meeting 19-21 June, Ferrara, Italy on "Redox Homeostasis: From Signalling to Damage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr Stephanie Wright at the Society for Free Radical Research Europe (SFRRE) Annual Meeting 19-21 June, Ferrara, Italy on "Redox Homeostasis: From Signalling to Damage"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to 15th Annual Conference of The Metabolomics Society, June 23-27 2019, The Hague, NL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented methods and results of work on a new cross-cohort matching in untargeted metabolomics to generate accurate within-dataset feature matching across multiple cohorts. The new approach addresses a key problem in metabolomics studies and promises to make analysis of large untargeted multi-cohort data sets a viable option.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://metabolomics2019.org/images/2019-Metabolomics_Abstract_9.pdf
 
Description Press release re: JAMA publication on analysis to combine genetic results with patients' QRISK score to enhance knowledge of genetic variants linked to heart health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Press release related to publication of JAMA paper on predictive accuracy of a Polygenic Risk Score for coronary artery disease resulted in a lot of interest within the research community and contacts to do comparative and further analyses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/195398/gene-tests-heart-disease-risk-have/
 
Description Public Engagement - Art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE" as part of MRC Festival of Medical Research - 17-27 June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The MRC Centre's activity for the MRC Festival of Medical research in 2019 was an art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE". The aim was to raise awareness and engage in discussion with the public on the protective health effects of urban greenspace, and the challenges of measuring human connection to natural environments.
The art installation was created by one of our MRC early career researchers, Charlie Roscoe, and artists, Enya Lachman-Curl, Robbie Thompson, Rupert Cole and Robbie Parks.
The GREENSPACE installation was located for a two weeks in a public space in London - Merchant Square in Paddington. This is a busy urban area frequented by many local office workers during their lunch break and a significant number engaged in discussion with the MRC Centre researchers present or obtained information on our work on Greenspaces through the leaflets provided.
The event was widely advertised as part of the MRC Festival programme and in the websites and social media for the MRC Centre, Imperial College and the Medical Research Council both before and after the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Engagement - Art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE" as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival - 29-30 June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The MRC Centre's activity for the Great Exhibition Road Festival in 2019 (previously Imperial Festival) was an art installation on the theme of "GREENSPACE". The aim was to raise awareness and engage in discussion with the public on the protective health effects of urban greenspace, and the challenges of measuring human connection to natural environments. The art installation was created by one of our MRC early career researchers, Charlie Roscoe, and artists, Enya Lachman-Curl, Robbie Thompson, Rupert Cole and Robbie Parks. The GREENSPACE installation was extremely popular over the whole weekend with the visitors to the Imperial Festival which engaged in discussion with the MRC Centre researchers present or obtained information on our work on Greenspaces through the leaflets provided. The event was widely advertised as part of the Festival programme and in the websites and social media for the MRC Centre and Imperial College and was featured in several news items on the Great Exhibition Road Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Engagement - Schools' information and engagement day during National Clean Air Day at Manchester Clean Air Week- 20 June 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A team of air quality scientists from the MRC Centre (King's College) organised an information and awareness day on National Clean Air Day (20 June) aimed at children from schools in and around Manchester during the Manchester Clean Air Week (Monday 17 until Sunday 23 June). The event was attended by several hundred pupils who attended the interactive demonstrations and participated in active discussion with the Centre researchers on the health effects of air pollution and what they can do to reduce the risks. The event was run in parallel with an internationally acclaimed art installation - Pollution Pods - which attracted large numbers of visitors and was widely reported on local and national news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Engagement - stand at the New Scientist Live event on the research at the MRC Centre and the HPRU on the Health Impact of Environmental Exposures - 10-13 October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers from the MRC Centre together with colleagues from Public Health England hosted a stand at the New Scientist Live festival to showcase collaborative work on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Impact of Environmental Hazards Health Protection Research Unit. There were a range of displays and interactive activities aimed at children and adults, including on air pollution, chemicals in the environment, e-cigarettes, particles and studies with schools. A survey of attendees indicated their current top environmental concerns were climate change and air pollution, and there was a lot of interest in e-cigarettes and the translation of the science into policy. The stand was extremely well attended and the festival presented a great opportunity to interact with members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description REACT programme working in collaboration with Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre Public Advisory Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We worked via the Imperial BRC PERC to set up a Public Advisory Group for the REACT programme to engage with interested members of the public who voiced opinions and provided feedback on study materials and testing kits, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description REal Time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT 1) research programme launch April 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Government announced launch of the national REACT research programme to monitor the incidence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in England in a randomly selected population samples in England using a community-based antigen testing approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Research by Dr Stephanie Wright featured in ITV's Tonight 'Plastic: The unhidden truth' on 24/10/2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Research from our lab showed that the average person swallows at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar amount, according to the first study to estimate human ingestion of plastic pollution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Researchers' Society - Online workshop on Health Statistics (1 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact "Health Statistics in the age of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence" was a series of three workshops arranged by the Researchers Society and open to all, including HPRU students and early career researchers. These workshops were held in a hybrid manner (both online and in-person) and the first featured Dr Jorge Cardoso, a Senior Lecturer in Articficial Medical Intelligence at King's College London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Researchers' Society - Online workshop on Health Statistics (2 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This hybrid workshop was the second in this series and featured guest Lecturer Dr Heather Mattie from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr Mattie discussed the intersection between biostatisics, data science and network science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Researchers' Society - Online workshop on Health Statistics (3 of 3) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This third workshop in the Health Statistics series featured Dr Evgeniy Gabrilovic, a Research Director who leads the Public and Environmental Health team at Google Health based in California who provided further information and discussion in his area of expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Researchers' Society Christmas Gala 2020: Getting the science right to improve health inequalities for women and girls globally- Speaker Prof Robyn Norton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Open seminar event with Q&A with speaker who is co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health. Informal virtual event promoting women in science in line with Athena Swan initiative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Researchers' Society online seminar on Picture a Scientist: Movie Screening and Panel Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Virtual discussion event exploring how experiences in the film relate to current experiences of research scientists in the field of environment and health research. Panel of young early career researchers led the discussion from their own differing perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Science Media Centre-hosted national media briefings & press releases on REACT programme results to accompany publication (multiple occasions) Aug 2020 to March 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Regular SMC-hosted briefings for national media outlets on latest results from the REACT programme. Well-attended sessions to inform publication of scientific reports and papers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Shaping research on how social, environmental and genetic factors impact health - online session 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Patient Experience Research Centre hosted an online interactive discussion with members of the public about their planned research into how social, environmental and genetic factors impact health. Invitation was extended to study participants who are signed up as part of one of the following existing research registries: CHARIOT, SCAMP, Lolipop, Airwaves, Imperial Health Knowledge Bank, Cosmos, GenoMICC and REACT. We had a participant from the COSMOS study who joined this online discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Stefanie Posavec's Visualisation of the Airwave Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 'People Like You' presented an online conversation about Stefanie Posavec's visualisation of the Airwave study and how work like hers can be useful for cohorts and biobanks. As part of our Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Collaborative award, "People Like You: contemporary figures of personalisation," Stefanie Posavec worked as an artist-in-residence exploring data science and personalisation through visualisation of the Airwave Health Monitoring Study. As a part of this project, the People Like You team invited people who work with research cohorts and biobanks, people who participate in them, and people whose work focuses on these topics to hear a brief presentation of Stefanie's method, reactions from some of those who participated in her practice, and a Q&A discussion about how her work might be useful in other contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description SynbiTECH 2020 virtual conference - COVID and Beyond - testing, monitoring and vaccines- hosted by Imperial College UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Virtual event focused on healthcare innovation in science and biotechnology. Presented on the REACT programme and importance of community surveillance. Took questions following presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk: HDRUK Public Health theme meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to HDRUK PH Theme on 1st February 2021. Presentation of "Davies, B., Parkes, B.L., Bennett, J. et al. Community factors and excess mortality in first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in England. Nat Commun 12, 3755 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23935-x".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk: UKRI Clean Air Fund: Bringing together data to improve air quality for the health of the nation Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk given at workshop on air quality and health data. Title: illustrations of successful collaborations between data and health communities. 16th September 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Time Series Analysis workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two workshops on this theme took place in January 2022 open to students and early career researchers, incuding a workshop with presentations on case studies in this area from Dr Dimitris Evangelopolous, Prof Klea Katsouyanni and Dr Monica Pirani, Prof Antonio Gasparrini of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Prof Ioar Rivas of IS Global.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description UK DRI 'Big Data & Dementia Research' Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brainstorming and networking event with participants from many fields with aim of fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description UK Government Cabinet Office Future Industry Engagement Online Webinar on Innovation in Health - REACT 1 COVID-19 presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Webinar to provide insights for industry representatives into what health related research the DHSC is doing. Presentation designed to inform non-academic audience. Generated a lot of questions and interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Using routinely collected data to investigate the impact of the environment on health; PPI Cafe event at NIHR Imperial BRC Research Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SAHSU researchers ran a PPI café event to discuss the Unit's use of health data under Section 251 at the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre Open Day (2019). The event, "Using routinely collected data to investigate the impact of the environment on health" aimed to involve the public in SAHSU's remit and to obtain new input from the public perspectives into our work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Video participation in "Air pollution and health" video for Clean Air Day 2020 - 8th October 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Frank Kelly and Dr Ian Mudway contributed to a short video on "Air pollution and health", in collaboration with the Indoor Air Quality Network and Dyson, which led to discussion both between professionals, students and industry members, among other audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2-fukVo0Ug
 
Description Webinar on Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 in Turkmenistan July 2020 - the REACT programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online event organised by The British Embassy Ashbagat on topics related to Community surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 infection as part of the UK Government's broader COVID-19 global response to help the authorities respond effectively to the pandemic and its negative impacts on health and economy. Presentation designed to inform a foreign clinical audience from a different cultural background.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020