Sunday, 31 March 2019

Synthesis of super bright indium phosphide colloidal quantum dots through thermal diffusion

Graeme J Stasiuk anJustin Sturge have co-authored a paper on the development of super bright nanomaterials called quantum dots, which have the potential for clinical translation, this work has been funded by Prostate Cancer UK and the Royal society:

Mitchell T. Clarke, Francesco Narda Viscomi, Thomas W. Chamberlain, Nicole Hondow, Ali M. Adawi, Justin Sturge, Steven C. Erwin, Jean-Sebastien G. Bouillard, Sudarsan Tamang & Graeme J. Stasiuk 
Synthesis of super bright indium phosphide colloidal quantum dots through thermal diffusion Nature Communications Chemistry 2:36
Listen to the Hull authors discuss their work on BBC Humberside

Hull PET Research Centre team at the European Molecular Imaging meeting in Glasgow

There were 750 participants (scientists and clinicians), 292 talks and 290 poster presentations at the annual European Molecular Imaging Meeting in Glasgow on 19 -22 March. Our researchers (three from Steve Archibald’s team and one from Graeme Stasiuk’s team) won poster presentation prizes after a rigorous judging process. Hull researchers won 4 of the 30 posters awards available- more than any other university, with Cambridge winning the second most with 3 awards. See website.

Also- Steve Archibald was a member of the local organising committee, Dr Ben Burke gave an oral presentation and it was an excellent opportunity for us to raise profile for the Hull PETRC and our research work in molecular imaging.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Friday, 22 March 2019

World Down Syndrome Day

A few learning disabilities student nurses: Gemma Bellerby; Rosie Garbutt; Zoe Graham; and Gemma Oliver celebrated World Down Syndrome Day.

The day is celebrated on 21st day of the 3rd month, this represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome. 

The idea is to wear odd socks and share the photo on social media to raise awareness of the syndrome. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Personal is political and Where is the S in HE?

On 20 March 2018 Roselyn Masamha was invited as a panelist to be in conversation with Sara de Jong (University of York)as part of the xCHANGE festival of 40 events in March to mark International Women’s Day at Birmingham City University. Roselyn and Sara's invitations were in recognition of their research work and publications on decolonisation and feminisms in teaching and learning. The festival engages Women in HE research and the panel was under the themes: The Personal is political  and Where is the S in HE?

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Sigma award for Mark Hayter and Roger Watson

Professors Mark Hayter and Roger Watson were inducted as Honorary Fellows of the Genoa University Nursing Honor Society at their inaugural award ceremony in Genoa Italy on 12 March 2019.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Third ODP student showcase conference

On 15 March 2019 we hosted our third Student ODP Showcase Conference which was opened by Deborah Robinson who gave a very inspiring speech to our soon-to-be qualified students.  Our third year students made us incredibly proud as they spoke about their service improvement projects.  As usual we had a diverse mix of projects - everything from using digital technologies such as VR and apps, simulation training, enhancing patient experience, hospital design and even maggot therapy and music therapy.  Overall, a wonderful day was had by all and it was fantastic to see a number of external clinical partners at the event supporting our students.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Three PhD Scholarships: Reducing Alcohol-related Harms through Physical Activity

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time/part-time UK/EU/International PhD Scholarship for candidates applying for each of the following projects.
Scholarships will start on 16th September 2019
Interested applicants should contact Professor Thomas Phillips (PhD Cluster Lead) for additional details.
Summary of Cluster
The aim of this interdisciplinary PhD cluster is to develop an understanding of the relationship between excessive alcohol consumption and physical activity in reducing harms.
In England, 10 million people drink at levels that increase their risk of harms, with 600,000 in need of treatment for alcohol use disorders. Although overall alcohol consumption has declined in recent years, many indicators of alcohol-related harms have increased. With excessive alcohol consumption causally linked to over 200 health conditions there are now over 1 million alcohol-related hospital admissions and an increasing trend in alcohol-specific deaths. The harms and consequences of excessive drinking disproportionately affect socio-economically deprived communities, which suffer greater alcohol-related mortality and morbidity. Communities in the local area specifically face greater prevalence of alcohol disorders, and increasing alcohol-related admissions, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-related cardiovascular disease and related mortality. Interventions designed to reduce alcohol-related harm have largely focussed on brief interventions and psychosocial treatments; however, the impact of brief interventions is limited, and four out of five people in need fail to access treatment. There is, therefore, a need to develop interventions with greater efficacy, uptake and long-term benefits. Empirically, physical activity has significant health benefits and has been shown to improve health outcomes in numerous conditions. However, there is limited understanding of the impact of physical activity on individuals who drink alcohol excessively who are already at risk of harms to their health.
These scholarships provide an opportunity to consider the epidemiological, public health and clinical impact of physical activity on alcohol-related harms. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary research team based in Faculty of Health Sciences ( we have a vibrant postgraduate community supported by Methods Hub and Trials Unit within the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research.
PhD Project 1: Development of a lifestyle physical activity intervention for women who misuse alcohol
Project Team: Professor Lesley Smith, Dr Maureen Twiddy, Dr Grant Abt
There is empirical and theoretical support for a role for physical activity in recovery and remission from alcohol misuse through enhancing self-efficacy; facilitation of development of non-drinking social support networks; and decreasing stress reactivity and improving coping skills. Existing trials of physical activity interventions in this group have serious methodological limitations due to selection and measurement bias, and small sample sizes and have not been developed using health behaviour theories. This project will identify the barriers and facilitators of physical activity in women who misuse alcohol and then co-develop a community-based intervention using COM-B and the behaviour change wheel. An innovative aspect of this project involves the use of wearable devices and apps to both measure physical activity and other physiological parameters, and provide intervention effects through feedback. The student will gain experience of mixed methods research involving quantitative and qualitative approaches drawing on psychology, epidemiology, biostatistics, sport, and exercise science disciplines.
PhD Project 2: Elucidating the relationships between physical activity, physical and psychological health status (including mood, stress) and alcohol misuse in women
Project Team: Professor Lesley Smith, Professor Thomas Phillips, Professor Colin Martin
Design: Potential datasets to explore this in include, BIOBANK, Southampton Women’s Study, Million Women Study, Health Survey for England, Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. See Damian and Mendelson 2017 who report on this association in Black Americans. This would provide useful background data on the extent of the problem and also providing a rationale to support developing a lifestyle/physical activity intervention as an approach, and identify the sub-group of women that such an intervention may be the best to target i.e. women who are harmful but not dependent drinkers or women in recovery from treatment for dependence; co-morbid conditions such as obesity or depression and/or anxiety.
PhD Project 3: Exploring the role of physical activity in the treatment of alcohol disorders
Project Team: Professor Thomas Phillips, Dr Judith Cohen, Professor Colin Martin, Dr Grant Abt
Alcohol disorders (e.g. alcohol liver disease, alcohol dependence) are commonly related to sedentary behaviours and comorbid conditions. However, treatment services in England do not routinely advise or direct service users about physical activity or monitor this as part of their treatment. National guidance (NICE, 2011) identifies the positive impact of pharmacological and psychological interventions yet there is limited evidence available on the role of physical activity in supporting treatment and recovery. Service users undergoing treatment for alcohol dependence commonly report a protracted abstinence syndrome characterised by poor sleep, diet, depression and anxiety symptoms; factors that have positively responded to physical activity. Similarly, the benefits of participation in physical activity extend to facets related to improved recovery, such as; enhanced self-efficacy, the development of positive routines, social networks and overall greater recovery capital. Previous studies possess significant limitations due to small sample sizes, non-generalisable populations and lack of objective measurement of physical activity. This programme of research will investigate the feasibility of undertaking a fully powered, multi-centre RCT on the impact of physical activity as an adjunctive intervention to treatment for alcohol disorders.
Specifically, the study will examine the following: Exploration of the patient groups amenable to physical activity; the types of physical activity interventions that could be suitable; the acceptability, feasibility and measurement of physical activity within the alcohol recovery treatment setting, including the use of technical devices (i.e. accelerometers). The student will gain experience of mixed methods research involving quantitative and qualitative approaches, including the design and conduct of pilot/feasibility trials.
Applicants for all projects should have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification in health, social science or a related discipline, together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience. 
To apply for these Scholarships please click on the Apply button above.
Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£15,009 in 2019/20) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.
Part-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£9,005 in 2019/20) for five years, depending on satisfactory progress
PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview the week commencing 20th May 2019.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Friday, 1 March 2019

Implementation and validation of time-of-flight PET image reconstruction module for listmode and sinogram projection data in the STIR library

Nikos Efthimiou & Christopher Cawthorne have co-authored:

Efthimiou N, Emond E, Wadhwa P, Cawthorne C, Tsoumpas C, Thielemans K (2019) Implementation and validation of time-of-flight PET image reconstruction module for listmode and sinogram projection data in the STIR library Physics in Medicine & Biology 64, 035004 (13pp)

Interactive event for people who are ‘differently abled’, friends, family, carers

Third year learning disability student Zoe Graham writes:

On Thursday the 14 February at Bonus Arena, Hull, City Health Care Partnership CIC in partnership with other local health organisations hosted the second interactive event open to everyone, including people who are ‘differently abled’, friends, family, carers to find out more about what services can do for them. There were approximately 2,500 attendees which is a huge increase from the previous year !

There were over 200 stalls held by a range of services, who were there to help and advise those who attended. This was also with the aim to spread awareness of other services to a range of professions. There were several different areas that services were providing aid to the public, this included; Children Zone, Adult Zone, Day and Night Zone, Carers Zone and Communication Zone. The various areas were providing support around aspects such as transition, communication and health advice and information.

At the event there was also the opportunity for everyone involved to gain an insight in to the life of someone with Autism or Dementia with the inclusion of the fantastic Autism and Dementia experience buses. These gave anyone who used them the opportunity to understand their family member, friend or patient in greater depth.

At the entrance to Bonus Arena there was an 80ft inflatable bowel and in the main market area there were 15ft inflatable lungs. These resources gave people the opportunity to see anatomy in a more interactive and fun perspective.

One of the most memorable aspects to the event was the 2,500-person strong flash mob of Makaton. The song that was chosen to be signed was ‘This is me’ from the Greatest Showman. The flash mob would not have had the success without Megan Foot, who organised and taught many the signs to the song; this included the YouTube video created by Megan which received over 3,000 views. BBC Radio Humberside attended on the day and their coverage of the flash mob received a massive 136,000 views! The flash mob was an emotional moment and something that many will remember for time to come.

As a progression from last year, there was the inclusion of a conference. The conference was created with the aim to spread awareness, to over 500 GP’s and other professions, the importance of learning disability awareness and the use of Annual Health Checks.

Students from the University of Hull were actively involved leading up to and on the day of the event. All students who attended assisted services and members of the public, ensuring they had a positive and memorable experience.

Overall the day was a monumental and influential success which will hopefully change health and social care services for the better!

A special thank you should be made to Suzanne Nicholls, Sam Benstead, Michaela Marr, Megan Foot and all of the amazing volunteers and conference speakers for making the day such a success.

Mealtime difficulty in older people with dementia

Salma Rehman, Gloria Likupe and Roger Watson have published:

Rehman S, Likupe G, Watson R (2019) WikiJournal Preprints/Mealtime difficulty in older people with dementia WikiJournal of Medicine