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When, what and how to engage and disseminate research evidence during a pandemic

In this blog, we share lessons from working with local authorities on the development of action learning sets (bringing people together to reflect on research evidence) when they are faced with the many challenges of COVID-19.

Last modified: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:20:03 BST

Knowledge hub capturing the consequences of COVID-19 marks first anniversary

One year on, C-WorKS remains an established and constant source of information to find answers and support.

Last modified: Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:45:40 BST

North East campaigners call for minimum unit price for alcohol in England

Following a record year in 2020 for alcohol deaths, campaigners are calling on the Government to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England, as a new study shows that the policy is having a lasting impact.

Last modified: Tue, 08 Jun 2021 10:31:41 BST

Minimum Unit Price of 50p on alcohol has positive lasting impact

A new study has shown that a ‘50p per unit’ policy on alcohol prices in Scotland is having a lasting impact on reducing consumption in some of the heaviest-drinking households.

Last modified: Fri, 04 Jun 2021 16:50:14 BST

Virtual symposium on planning and obesity

Fuse researchers joined Public Health England (PHE) in an event to support efforts to tackle obesity through the planning system.

Last modified: Thu, 20 May 2021 17:16:26 BST

Public Health Intelligence Analyst (Apprentice): North East and Yorkshire

As a Public Health Analyst, you will be part of a dynamic team responsible for delivering an effective Health Intelligence service supporting public health delivery in a specific area of England.

Last modified: Wed, 12 May 2021 14:15:07 BST

Research Assistant at Durham University

Durham University is seeking a fixed-term Research Assistant to join an established team of researchers across Durham, Sheffield and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Last modified: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:46:45 BST

Public Involvement and Engagement Manager

Join Fuse to help to deliver our public involvement and engagement strategy and activity.

Last modified: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:44:31 BST

UK Public Health Science conference 2021: Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health, to be held as a virtual conference on November 26, 2021.

Last modified: Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:54:15 BST

Assessing the impact of Universal Credit on mental health and wellbeing

Academics from Fuse are part of UK-wide team that will be the first to comprehensively evaluate the impacts and costs of Universal Credit on mental health and health inequalities.

Last modified: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:48:13 BST

Do you have a local government initiative in need of research and evaluation?

The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting expressions of interest from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation.

Last modified: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:58:38 BST

Teenagers’ diaries describe how they are dealing with COVID-19

Young people have shared personal diaries of their experiences around COVID-19, as part of an in-depth study to assess the wider social impacts of the virus on children and young people from North East England.

Last modified: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:56:22 BST

NIHR SPHR Summer Internships in Public Health Research 2021

Fuse is offering six exciting opportunities through this year's NIHR School for Public health Research (SPHR) summer internship scheme.

Last modified: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:48:42 GMT

PhD Opportunity: Newcastle University

Exploring opportunities to improve the food and drink environment in UK secondary schools.

Last modified: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:18:46 GMT

How Universal Credit research inspired theatre production 'Credit'

New film looks behind the scenes of 'Credit', a play based on stories and experiences of people living on Universal Credit which builds on research commissioned by Gateshead Council in partnership with Fuse.

Last modified: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:47:37 GMT

NIHR School for Public Health Research - Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

Registration now open for the NIHR SPHR seventh Annual Scientific Meeting

Last modified: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:52:32 GMT

NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria - Open Funding Competition 2021

NIHR NENC ARC announce the launch of their Open Funding Competition for 2021.

Last modified: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 13:24:40 GMT

Placement, parcels and a pandemic: five weeks embedded in a public health team

In today's Fuse blog Maisie Rowland, Research Assistant from Newcastle University, shares her experience as an embedded researcher at Newcastle City Council, working with food banks and the impact of Covid-19.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:19:30 GMT

Is targeting lifestyle behaviour the right approach to preventing child obesity?

An analysis of interventions for preventing obesity in children has revealed a strong bias towards interventions that aim to change individual "lifestyle" behaviours.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:14:23 GMT

Bringing the voice of lived experience & community learning into research

In today's Fuse blog Angela Broadbridge shares the learning from her time at Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead building collaborative relationships with Fuse to bring the voice of lived experience and community learning into research.

Last modified: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 17:01:23 GMT

Expanding welfare benefits improves mental health

Austerity-style reductions to welfare benefits have detrimental effects on mental health, particularly for more vulnerable groups in society who are also most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last modified: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:58:23 GMT

NIHR NENC CRN Strategic Funding Call to meet local priority health needs

NENC CRN has now launched its 'targeting health needs' bidding process

Last modified: Tue, 09 Feb 2021 09:41:58 GMT

New fellowship opportunities for individuals working in local authorities

The NIHR Academy has launched a pilot pre-doctoral fellowship scheme for those working in local authorities and local authority supporting services.

Last modified: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 13:03:33 GMT

Understanding high death rates of people with multiple and complex needs

Many people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, mental ill health, and repeat offending die early because they become desensitised to death through suffering vast loss and lack of hope, new research has revealed.

Last modified: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:29:35 GMT

Now that's what I call blogging 2020: the Covid edition

It will come as no surprise that our chart of the five most-read posts on the Fuse Open Science Blog is dominated by one topic: COVID-19. But who took the Number 1 spot?

Last modified: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 21:25:17 GMT

Watch competition winner Fuse PhD student share her research in 3 minutes

Congratulations to PhD researcher Cassey Muir, who won the School for Public Health Research (SPHR) 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

Last modified: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 10:31:25 GMT

NIHR Pre-doctoral and Doctoral fellowships in 2021

Notifications are now on the NIHR website of their intention to offer pre-doctoral and doctoral fellowships in 2021 to individuals based within local authorities and LA commissioned services.

Last modified: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:41:47 GMT

North's health and economy hit hardest by COVID-19

The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country during COVID-19 and this has increased inequality in England, a new report co-authored by a Fuse academic has revealed.

Last modified: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:50:36 GMT

Funding boost to tackle England’s North-South health divide

Fuse Senior Investigator Professor Clare Bambra has been awarded just over £900,000 to investigate regional health inequalities in North and South England.

Last modified: Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:44:55 GMT

Call for financial support during wait for first Universal Credit payment

Evidence given by a Fuse academic has been cited in a report calling on the Government to provide financial support to people waiting for their first Universal Credit payment.

Last modified: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:51:50 GMT

Green Infrastructure for Community Wellbeing

Are you interested in the development and maintenance of natural environments and their contribution to urban health, focussed on Newcastle and Gateshead?

Last modified: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:23:52 BST

New national scheme to provide rapid research evidence to Local Authorities

A UK wide collaboration, led by Fuse, has been awarded prestigious funding to pilot a new national scheme that will enable Local Authorities to rapidly evaluate work aiming to improve health and tackle inequalities in their areas.

Last modified: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:13:39 BST

Play based on research into the impact of the benefits system

A new play based on ground-breaking research into Universal Credit aims to help people understand the impact of the latest and biggest change to the benefits system.

Last modified: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:02:35 BST

Frustration at lack of action on energy drink sales to children

Following the launch of the Government’s strategy for obesity today, Fuse and the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have expressed frustration at the lack of action on energy drink sales to children.

Last modified: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:49:33 GMT

Green and inclusive growth strategies can support our recovery from Covid-19

Fuse senior investigator Professor Clare Bambra has emphasised the importance of pursuing green, inclusive growth strategies and avoiding austerity measures, to stop deepening the country’s already significant health inequalities.

Last modified: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:29:18 BST

Academic gives evidence about Universal Credit before Commons Select Committee

A Fuse academic has addressed a House of Commons Select Committee on the impact of Universal Credit and the problems that claimants experience during the wait for a first payment.

Last modified: Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:07:10 BST

New knowledge hub launched to capture the consequences of COVID-19

C-WorKS is an exciting new hub to support the collation and sharing of knowledge and intelligence across the North East and Yorkshire about the impacts of COVID-19, and the response to this, on non-COVID related disease and death.

Last modified: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:14:25 BST

Improving the health and wellbeing of disabled people in times of crisis

Members of the Fuse Health Inequalities research programme from Durham University are working with two disability charities to create physical activity resources to improve disabled people’s health and wellbeing.

Last modified: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:34:30 BST

Wellbeing of Healthcare and Hospital Workers During and After the CV-19 Pandemic

Study recruitment call for all staff working in a UK hospital

Last modified: Fri, 22 May 2020 11:38:07 BST

Loss of smell and taste added to COVID-19 symptoms

Loss of smell and taste has officially been recognised in the UK as a symptom of COVID-19, putting us in line with Europe, America and the World Health Organisation.

Last modified: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:34:21 BST

Fuse International Conference postponed to 2021

It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce the postponement of the 5th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Last modified: Thu, 14 May 2020 12:05:07 BST

Food insecurity in your area during the COVID-19 crisis - questionnaire

The Food Foundation is working at national level to help ensure that food insecurity is tackled during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last modified: Fri, 15 May 2020 11:35:14 BST

ENUF conference - late call for abstracts

Late breaking call for abstracts: Food insecurity since the COVID-19 crisis in the UK

Last modified: Thu, 14 May 2020 14:18:27 BST

Fuse experts join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

People who have recently experienced loss of smell are being urged to participate in a survey as a new global research group investigates the symptom as a marker of COVID-19.

Last modified: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:00:26 BST

Invitation to tender for Evidence Review into homelessness in Newcastle

To conduct elements of an Evidence Review into homelessness in Newcastle

Last modified: Tue, 05 May 2020 16:41:49 BST

SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and alcohol consumption

The aim of this pan-European survey is to link alcohol intake to experiences regarding the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Last modified: Tue, 05 May 2020 16:47:06 BST

Physical Activity Behaviour during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on physical activity behaviour of people in the North East England.

Last modified: Fri, 15 May 2020 10:12:42 BST

Tackling alcohol misuse leads to President’s prize

Fuse Associate John Mooney has been awarded a prestigious President’s Medal by The Faculty of Public Health (FPH), an organisation of up to 4,000 public health professionals across the UK and around the world.

Last modified: Mon, 04 May 2020 14:03:30 BST

Registration open for the Fuse International Conference 2020

Fourth keynote speaker confirmed and programme announced for the 5th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Last modified: Mon, 04 May 2020 14:46:51 BST

New NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Director appointed

Professor Brian Ferguson has been appointed as the new NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Director.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:22:55 BST

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:35:19 BST

COVID-19 Outbreak Parliamentary Expert Database

We are encouraging academics with relevant research expertise to sign up to a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

Last modified: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:26:21 BST

Former health adviser to the London Mayor confirmed to speak at Fuse conference

National consultant Helen Walters will share her experience, insights and work to bring together public health practice and research in a keynote for the Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Last modified: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:18:39 GMT

Fuse professor highlighted in national power list

A Fuse academic whose research and campaigns are driven by a desire to improve the health of the public has been included in a prestigious national power list.

Last modified: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:52:31 GMT

New guidance on using planning powers to promote healthy active environments

Fuse research has been used to inform new national guidance supporting local authorities to use planning powers to improve health and reduce inequalities in their communities.

Last modified: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:29:37 GMT

NIHR ARC NENC Open Funding Competition 2020

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East & North Cumbria is pleased to invite original and high quality research proposals focused upon regional health and care priorities.

Last modified: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:15:50 GMT

Submit your abstracts for the Fuse Knowledge Exchange conference 2020

Fuse is delighted to announce that the call for abstracts is now open for the International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Last modified: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:11:27 GMT

The Big Issue names Fuse Associate as one of the UK's Top 100 Changemakers

Professor Greta Defeyter from Northumbria University has been listed as one of The Big Issue's Top 100 Changemakers for 2020 for her research work making a positive impact on society.

Last modified: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:36:00 GMT

Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice

Research by baby sleep experts at Durham University has led to new international guidance on bedsharing.

Last modified: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:23:04 GMT

International research trip leads to further collaboration

Fuse welcomed an internationally-renowned professor to look at ways in which science and policy can come together to affect change.

Last modified: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:00:37 GMT

Now that's what I call blogging 2019

In what was another great year for the Fuse blog you may not have had the opportunity to read all 40 posts, so we've picked out the Top 5 ‘bestsellers’.

Last modified: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:28:03 GMT

Keynote speakers confirmed for Fuse Knowledge Exchange conference in 2020

Fuse is delighted to announce two keynote speakers for next year’s International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health, with more exciting names to follow in the New Year.

Last modified: Thu, 19 Dec 2019 22:12:48 GMT

Fuse well represented at prestigious Lancet conference

Fuse researchers were among a select few chosen to present at an international conference showcasing “exceptional talent and creativity in the UK Public Health research community”.

Last modified: Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:05:19 GMT

Fuse to host international Knowledge Exchange conference in 2020

Fuse is delighted to announce that the Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health will make a welcome return to North East England next year.

Last modified: Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:00:58 GMT

‘Unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty

A new study, involving Fuse experts and published in BMJ Open, links a rise in infant mortality in England to poverty.

Last modified: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 12:10:24 GMT

Minimum pricing policy appears to have cut spending on alcohol in Scotland

The introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland appears to have been successful in reducing the amount of alcohol purchased and, by inference, consumption by households.

Last modified: Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:23:39 BST

Energy drinks ban to under 16s welcomed but more must be done

Leading experts say a Government crackdown on energy drinks does not go far enough, following the publication of a highly anticipated report.

Last modified: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:19:28 BST

Combining diet with physical activity interventions can reduce child obesity

Strategies that include diet combined with physical activity interventions can reduce the risk of obesity in young children but there is less evidence for this in teenagers.

Last modified: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:15:47 BST

#beagamechanger toolkit - engage male employees with mental health campaigns

Let’s get talking about mental health

Last modified: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:53:36 BST

Experts announce alliance to tackle worsening North-South health divide

Researchers from Fuse have joined forces with other leading experts in response to worsening health inequalities between the North and the rest of England.

Last modified: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:53:40 BST

Multi-million pound investment to improve region’s health

Experts from Fuse are leading a national project to address health inequalities in the country and focus on the prevention of poor health.

Last modified: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:55:22 BST

Energy drinks research takes Fuse academic to California

A Fuse academic will speak about her research into energy drinks, nutrition and public health at an invitation-only science conference in the United States.

Last modified: Thu, 04 Jul 2019 15:45:05 BST

Health in hard times: austerity and health inequalities

A new book by Fuse Professor Clare Bambra shows how austerity has impacted on health and wellbeing in the UK and explores its repercussions for social inequalities in health.

Last modified: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:07:37 BST

Chief Scientific Advisor praises Fuse research responding to local needs

One of the government's top scientific advisors visited representatives from Fuse and Public Health South Tees, to understand how research can help address the public health challenges in Teesside, including promoting healthier diets.

Last modified: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:19:44 BST

Support to help stub out smoking during pregnancy

Researchers from Fuse continue to work with NHS Trusts to promote new methods of encouraging pregnant women not to smoke.

Last modified: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 12:27:49 BST

UK Public Health Science 2019 - call for abstracts

A call for abstracts has been announced for The Lancet Public Health Science 2019: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health, to be held in London, UK on November 29, 2019.

Last modified: Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:34:55 BST

Report reveals legacy of Fuse and the other public health research centres

By building capacity and capability in public health research, a report shows how the legacy of a UK-wide network of centres of excellence has helped fuel future public health and prevention research.

Last modified: Tue, 02 Apr 2019 11:51:39 BST

Tackling the obesity crisis by shrinking fish and chips

A smaller portion of fish and chips has been embraced by takeaway owners and customers, research has found and may well be healthier for us.

Last modified: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:07:02 GMT