CaHRU receives university team award for achievement in research 2014

CaHRUaward2014750The Community and Health Research Unit received the team award for achievement research at the University of Lincoln awards on 19 November 2014, where Despina Laparidou, Jolien Vos, Dr Jo Middlemass, Ana Godoy Caballero and Viet-Hai Phung (pictured left to right) accepted the award on behalf of CaHRU. Since the submission to the Research Excellence Framework a year ago the unit has particularly focused on developing early career researchers (ECRs), junior researchers and doctoral students, aiming to develop their research expertise, skills and outputs as future researchers and research leaders, and to increase capacity for international and world class research.

CaHRU_logotypeThis is being done through: mentorship and support for junior staff; a monthly research writing group at which all members of the team, NHS colleagues, visiting professors and East Midlands NIHR Research Design Service staff meet to review research bids and journal papers prior to submission, and where colleagues also have an opportunity to review feedback from reviewers prior to revising bids and journal papers; a six weekly implementation science and research methods seminar at which members of the CaHRU team and external academic experts present the latest ideas on methodology.

The unit also provides opportunities for junior staff to develop their skills and expertise by working with more senior members of the team and external academic experts from the rest of the EU and internationally on projects. Our efforts have led to successful grant funding for the team and increased our outputs in high quality peer reviewed journals involving ECRs and junior researchers as lead authors and co-authors.

Public presentation of research findings to get blood pumping

Scientists will stage a public presentation where they will reveal exciting research findings which could potentially help prevent people from developing diseases of the blood vessels in later life.

A team of academics from the Community and Health Research Group at the University of Lincoln have just completed a pilot study into the effects of exercise and nutrition on the efficient working of small blood vessels in people aged 50 and over.

The researchers are holding a free public lecture where they will present their key findings and discuss the potential significance. There will also be opportunities for audience members to pose questions.

The event takes place on Friday 25th May 2012 in the EMMTEC building on the University’s main Brayford Pool Campus. It runs from 12pm-2pm. Admission is free and members of the public are welcome to attend.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Markos Klonizakis, a Research Fellow in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln who specialises in the study of the small veins of the human body, and his co-researchers Geoff Middleton, Dr. Ahmad Alkhatib and Dr. Mark Smith.

The team spent eight weeks working with volunteers to assess the effect of changes to exercise and diet on the efficiency of blood flow in the small blood vessels – known as the microvascular system. Internal damage to these vessels is thought to be responsible for some common circulatory diseases, particularly varicose veins and leg ulceration.

Results from their pilot study were very positive, suggesting potential health benefits for all, but especially for older people, who due to the effects of ageing are more at risk of developing circulatory problems.

Dr. Klonizakis said: “This was a pilot study, but the results are exciting and point the way for further research. We felt it was important to share these early findings not just with the academic community, but also anyone with an interest in health. This presentation will be a chance for members of the public to hear more about our experiment and ask questions about what the results might mean.”

Admission to the presentation is free to attend but places are limited. To confirm a place, email Dr. Klonizakis at: