WHRI ACADEMY fellowship programme: THIRD CALL FOR PROPOSALS at WHRI QMUL
DEADLINE for submission of proposals: 24 April 2015, 17h00 UK time
The Third Call for Proposals of the William Harvey International Translational Research Academy programme (WHRI-ACADEMY) was launched in January 2015.
All the documentation related to the Third Call for Proposals is available in the “Application pack” section of the project’s website: www.whri-academy.eu
To be eligible, the candidates:
1) Must be in possession of a PhD degree or have at least 4 years of full-time research experience
2) Must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the chosen host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior of the deadline for submission of applications
3) Must choose a host lab among the institutions already enrolled in our programme – http://www.whri-academy.eu/host-organisations
4) The chosen Supervisor must match the COFUND contribution. Please note that the COFUND contribution is a flat-rate, fixed amount per fellow-year (€29,800.00 multiplied by the Marie Curie country corrector coefficient)
For further details and or clarifications:
BU’s Dr. Jenny Hall and her New Zealand colleague Susan Crowther published an interesting discussion paper on ‘Spirituality and spiritual care in and around childbirth’ in the journal Women and Birth. This discussion paper brings to the surface what is meant by spiritual care and spiritual experiences, to increase awareness about spirituality in childbirth and midwifery and move beyond the constraints of structured defined protocols.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
Yawning is something we all find ourselves doing at different times of the day and on different occasions. For some of us, it becomes a big problem especially when we need keep awake and alert so that we can accomplish important tasks.
Even parachutists are encouraged to yawn before dropping out of a plane in order to stimulate the arousal system to maintain vigilance. Cortisol (Fig 1), the naturally produced stress hormone, is now established as co-existent with the yawning reflex and with new research showing that those who yawn have higher levels of salivary cortisol than those who do not yawn (1).
Fig 1. Cortisol molecule
A curious problem is the temperature fluctuation and fatigue levels of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who excessively yawn. With a view to establishing cortisol patterns within the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, our natural stress feedback loop, centrally controlled deep within our brains, I am exploring how yawning might provide an important clue to diagnosis. Developing cortisol as a biomarker for early detection of neurological symptoms is the intended goal for research I am undertaking at Bournemouth University in collaboration with Université Paris X Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Hôpital Universitaire Amiens, Jules Verne Université de Picardie, Université Paris 8 St Denis, Université Paris 5 René Descartes, and the Clinical Research & Imaging Centre, University of Bristol.
It is hoped that people with MS may benefit with early treatment intervention that will be supported with professional care from the French and British MS Societies, Ligue Française contre la Sclérose en Plaques and the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society.
I was invited to discuss my research recently with Newstalk Irish National Radio broadcaster, Seán Moncrieff on the Moncrieff Show, 07 January 2015 (2). We feared that some listeners may in fact uncontrollably yawn but hopefully as a positive reaction to this intriguing subject!
Thompson, S.B.N., Rose, K., Richer, S., 2014. Yawning with cortisol: examining the neuroscience behind the Thompson Cortisol Hypothesis for supporting rehabilitation of neurologically impaired individuals. Journal of Neuroscience & Rehabilitation, 1(1), 1-11, doi: 2014.01.01/2374-9091: SS0003
Moncrieff Show, 07 Jan 2015:
BU Professor Edwin van Teijlingen was honoured by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey yesterday in Kathmandu. Prof. van Teijlingen was honoured for “his contributions to capacity building and health research in Nepal.” In the presentation listing his achievements of over ten-years of research in Nepal it was highlighted that he has supervised eight Nepalese PhD students to completion in the UK as well as numerous MSc students from Nepal. Several of his former student attended the ceremony. Furthermore, Prof. van Teijlingen’s work include over 75 academic publications on Nepal and/or papers published in English-language journals in Nepal.
Prof. van Teijlingen is currently Visiting Professor at two higher education institutions in Nepal. He has been Visiting Professor since 2009 at Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, affiliated with Tribhuvan University, and Visiting Professor since 2012 at Nobel College, affiliated with Pokhara University. He is also on the editorial board of several health journals in Nepal, including the Nepal Journal of Epidemiology and Health Prospect.
Most recently he was co-editor of an edited volume under the title The Dynamics of Health in Nepal published for Social Science Baha by Himal Books in Kathmandu. His fellow editors Prof. Padam Simkhada (Liverpool John Moores University) and Dr. Sharada Prasad Wasti were also present in the audience.
Edwin van Teijlingen is Professor of Reproductive Health Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health.
Today I attended an interesting Health Link event in Kathmandu with Dr. Poonam Thapa speaking on ‘Subjects to Citizens: From Safe Motherhood to Safe Womanhood’ and Prof. Kiran Bajracharya presenting on ‘Midwife related skills, SMP actions, Current initiatives and challenges’.
Prof. Bajracharya put forward a strong case in favour of a midwifery profession in Nepal based on the three ICM pillars. Prof. Bajracharya is chair of MIDSON, the Midwifery Organisation of Nepal and co-author of our paper ‘Nepal needs midwifery’.(1)
The Health Link initiative has been launched to mark the close links between the United Kingdom and Nepal in the development of Nepal’s health sector and the forthcoming 200 years of UK-Nepal diplomatic relations. Health Link has a website with information on UK-Nepal health sector coordination and cooperation. It gives information on UK organisations working on health in Nepal and publications on health in Nepal that have a UK connection. Several of Bournemouth University contributions are highlighted on the Health Link website. The initiative is also hosting a series of discussion programmes and seminars on current health topics and research carried out by British and Nepalese health workers and researchers.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
CMMPH, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
- Bogren, M.U., Bajracharya, K., Berg, M., Erlandsson, K., Ireland, J., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2013) Nepal needs midwifery, Journal of Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences (JMMIHS) 1(2): 41-44. www.nepjol.info/index.php/JMMIHS/article/view/9907/8082
SOCIAL SCIENCE BAHA
invites you to its
Lecture Series LXXXIII
Edwin van Teijlingen
PARI: Strengthening Health Research in Nepal
5:30 pm • 6 April, 2015 (Thursday) • Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka
Nepal has limited capacity in health research. As a result, it leads to a restriction in the ability to implement evidence-based health care. PARI (Partnership on Improving Access to Research Literature for Higher Education Institutions in Nepal), a partnership between Tribhuvan University, three UK universities (Bournemouth, Sheffield and Aberdeen), and the Development Resource Centre, Kathmandu, is a project aimed at supporting and enhancing health research in Nepal. The main objective of PARI is to move university lecturers away from textbook teaching and make them more critical of the academic literature available on the Internet. This lecture will dwell on the experience of PARI so far as it conducts workshops in Nepalis universities introducing the foundations of evidence-based practice and outline key electronic databases of health care and health service literature available to Nepali academics. These workshops were informed by: i) a curriculum review of all health-related courses at the major universities in Nepal; and ii) a needs assessment with lecturers, librarians and students of the major universities. Learning from this experience, the lecture will suggest how best we can move away from textbook teaching in health care and teach health-care discipline students how to find the most appropriate evidence-based treatment for each patient.
Edwin van Teijlingen is Professor of Reproductive Health Research at Bournemouth University, UK. He is trained as a sociologist and his interests lie in mixed methods research, qualitative and evaluation research. A large share of his academic work has been in the field of public health and the organisation of maternity care with publications of more than 200 papers, book chapters and books. He is Visiting Professor at two universities in Nepal: Nobel College affiliated with Pokhara University and Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences affiliated with Tribhuvan University. He is book review editor of Sociological Research Online.
Professor van Teijlingen has co-edited several books, including Midwifery and Medicalization of Childbirth: Comparative Perspectives (2004); Birth by Design: Pregnancy, Midwifery Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe (2001), which was short-listed for the 2004 BSA Medical Sociology Book Prize. Most recently he is co-editor of The Dynamics of Health in Nepal, published recently by Social Science Baha.
This is a public lecture and admission is free and open to all. Seating is first-come-first-served.
Please direct queries to Kathmandu: 4472807.
Why do we yawn? Dogs and cats make us yawn. We even yawn in the womb.
The first yawn of the day is usually when we awake to stretch our intercostal muscles surrounding our lungs to bring in more oxygen. Many of us recognise yawning as a sign of tiredness or boredom yet we also yawn before that important job interview. We contagiously yawn when our pets yawn and because we are empathetic towards another yawning human being. We even yawn in the womb.
As a member of the International Association for Research on Yawning, I have presented at the first international conference of neuroscientists and neurologists on yawning in Paris in 2010. Since then, I have been conducting research into this intriguing area and proposed the Thompson Cortisol Hypothesis (1;2) to explain why the naturally produced stress hormone cortisol is released during yawning – a phenomenon never reported before.
Recently, I was delighted to be invited by the prestigious New Scientist to write a piece about this curiosity that affects all of us (3) and have received so much international interest that it has encouraged me to continue this pursuit with a view to its medical application.
I am also a member of the International Scientific Committee on Research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is particularly relevant to yawning as people with MS often include fatigue and excessive yawning in their reported symptoms. Meeting in Paris recently with international collaborators from Paris X Ouest University and the French Multiple Sclerosis Society, I am conducting research into induced fatigue and MS and how these variables affect cortisol levels.
It is hoped this may point towards the development of a new diagnostic tool for the early diagnosis of MS using cortisol as a biomarker.
- Thompson SBN. The dawn of the yawn: is yawning a warning? Linking neurological disorders. Medical Hypotheses 2010;75:630-633;doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2010.08.002.
- Thompson SBN. 2011. Born to yawn? Cortisol linked to yawning: a new hypothesis. Medical Hypotheses 2011;77:861-862;doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.07.056.
- Thompson SBN. This will make you yawn. New Scientist 2014;224(3000/3001):38-39.
- Inset photo: Pynq Thompson, aged 28 days old.
Since 2010, Professor Tom Watson of the Faculty of Media & Communication has been developing a productive teaching and research association with Leipzig University in Germany. Following a successful application to the FIF Erasmus fund, he will be making his fourth visit in June 2015.
As Leipzig’s research on communication management is Europe-leading, headed by Professor Dr Ansgar Zerfass, research-based material for teaching to BA (Hons) Public Relations and MA Corporate Communication students will result from the visit. Professor Watson will also gain insights on the teaching of communication management for BU’s new MA Corporate Communication.
Working with Emeritus Professor Dr Günter Bentele on the history of PR in Western Europe will lead to publications and conference papers, and development of new archival resources. The visit will also aid the objectives of the European Public Relations History Network (EPRHN), which was formed by Professor Watson and Professor Dr Bentele and others, through investigation of archives at Leipzig. New research publications which will result from the two researchers’ joint work on the history of European public relations in the three decades after World War II.
This research will also assist preparation of material and lectures for the forthcoming BA (Hons) History. During the visit, Professor Watson’s teaching commitments will include:
- Lectures on the history of public relations to BA students
- Lectures and seminars on corporate social responsibility, management of communication performance, and quantitative research methods for MA and PhD students.
- A seminar for MA students regarding the history of PR is western Europe since WW2
NERC is inviting applications from UK scientists and industry representatives to attend a jointly organised workshop with FAPESP Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil on 25 – 27 February 2015 to scope the science themes for the this new Newton Fund programme.
The Announcement of Opportunity for participants to attend the scoping workshop, is available on the NERC website. Applicants will need to submit the Expression of Interest form by 12:00 (UK time) on 13 January 2015 to email@example.com so that decisions can be made and outcomes known by the 16 January 2015.
For further information contact Michelle Truman (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: + 44 (0)1793 411700)
This international symposium introduces researchers and academics in Nepal to the basics of mixed-methods research. The symposium will be held on 3rd January 2015 at Manipal Medical College in Pokhara, Nepal.
The symposium is jointly organised by Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, Bournemouth University, UK & CEA (Confederation of Epidemiological Associations). Bournemouth University will be represented in Nepal by Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. Prof. van Teijlingen is a medical sociologist in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health. He has conducted mixed-methods research for over two decades and he has published more than 200 papers and book chapters. Many of his publications are based on research that uses mixed-methods. Two of the other four symposium presenters at the symposium are Visiting Faculty at Bournemouth University (Prof. Padam Simkhada based at Liverpool John Moores University and Dr. Bibha Simkhada).
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal & Perinatal Health
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
The Cluster Conflict, Rule of Law and Society of Bournemouth University (https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/conflict-rule-of-law-and-society/) would like to invite you to an international one- day symposium in February which will discuss the events in the Ukraine.
This symposium discusses a new form of war, ‘Hybrid War’, under inclusion of aspects of ‘cyber-terrorism’ and ‘cyber – war’ before the backdrop of Russia’s ‘Ukrainian Spring’ and the continuing threat posed by radical Islamist groups in Africa and the Middle East.
It discusses the findings of an on-going Hybrid Threat project by the Swedish National Defence College. This interdisciplinary conference predicts that military doctrines, traditional approaches to war and peace and its perceptions will have to change in the future.
Four panels will discuss the following issues (preliminary schedule):
Panel 1: History of the Russian Ukrainian Conflict
Panel 2: Operational Aspects
Panel 3: Legal Aspects
Panel 4: Transitional Justice
Panel 5: Media in Conflict
Date of the conference:
February 25th 2015
Executive Business Centre
We invite you to submit proposals (200 word abstract) to the organising board if you wish to present at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to indicate if you are willing to chair a panel. Deadline: 18 December 2014 for proposals
Dr Sonal Minocha, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, is hosting a Global BUzz Workshop on Monday 15 December and invites all staff to go along and discuss how BU can take ‘fusion’ – its academic vision – global, and become a fully globalised university.
The workshop will run from 2pm to 5pm and will be opened by Professor John Vinney. Dr Minocha will then set out BU’s current global engagement position and where we want to be by 2018.
You will then be invited to join breakout sessions where you’ll have the opportunity to explore, debate and help shape the global engagement proposition at BU. The workshop will close at 5pm and will be followed by networking over a few seasonal drinks and nibbles.
If you would like to attend, please register for a place.