Congratulations to our Fuse Award winners 2023

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the first ever Fuse Awards at Durham University and a huge congratulations to our winners and those shortlisted.

This is our annual celebration of the outstanding contribution Fuse members make to the continued success of the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

The awards aim to encourage, celebrate and showcase high quality public health research with a strong focus on CommunicationsPublic Involvement and Engagement and Translational Research

All nominations were reviewed by a judging panel of Fuse public partners, staff members and colleagues from practice and policy. Shortlisted nominees were invited to take part in a celebration event on Monday 30 January 2023.

The standard of entries was exceptional and our panel of judges had tough decisions to make in all categories.

Catch up with all the action on Twitter using #FuseAwards23

Our Fuse Award winners are:

Excellence in public involvement and engagement

Winner: Cassey Muir, Newcastle University - Setting up a national Lived Experience Young Person Advisory Group 


  • The Alcohol and Public Health Team (TeamAlpha) – Dorothy Newbury-Birch & Andrew Divers, Teesside University
  • Victoria McGowan, Newcastle University

Outstanding translational research initiative

Winner: Sebastian Potthoff, Northumbria University - Creating theories & tools for collaborative translation


  • Michael Chang, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health & Social Care
  • Scott Lloyd, Middlesbrough Local Authority & Newcastle University

Innovative and creative communications

Winner: Balbir Singh Dance Group, Paul Chazot, Durham University and partners - 'Unmasking Pain'


  • Lockdown Life North East – Steph Scott, Newcastle University
  • How co-locating services in community spaces improves public mental health – Emily Oliver, Fiona Duncan, Emma Adams (Newcastle University), Gillian Samuel (McPin Foundation), Shamnin Gnani and Cleo Baskin (Imperial College London)

Fuse Open Science Best Blog award 

Awarded to the blog post which received the most views in 2022. Read a countdown of last year's top five most viewed blog posts here.

Winner: David Black, Fuse Public Partner, and Mandy Cheetham, Northumbria University - ‘Universal Credit experiences and research co-production’


  • ‘Is a picture truly worth a thousand words?’ – Emma Adams, Newcastle University, and the Experts by Experience from Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead & #HealthNow Newcastle
  • ‘What support do children and young people actually want when their parents use drugs and alcohol?’ – Cassey Muir, Newcastle University and Kira Terry, Lived Experience Research Advisor

Awards chosen solely by Fuse Director Professor Ashley Adamson

Rising star award

Winner: Emma Adams, Newcastle University


  • Sophie Phillips, Durham University
  • Steph Scott, Newcastle University

Director’s award

Winner: Laura Ritson, Fuse Manager, Newcastle University

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