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Health Protection Research Matters: Keeping patients and the public safer
Overview

This is an opportunity to give feedback to researchers and to find out more about the latest HPRU research.

  • Tuesday 27th February 2018 10:30 (4 hours)
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The Health Protection Unit (HPRU) at Newcastle is one of 13 centres funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Public Health England (PHE).  Its role is to investigate the effects of exposure to chemicals or radiation on peoples’ health and then to devise responses to keep us all safer. The research has been ongoing for a few years and the team would like to invite you to attend an event where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the latest research
  • Meet the scientists
  • Advise the team on how to present and share their results with the public

The topics include:

  • Radiation Theme: Effects of exposure to medical radiation on health
  • Dermal Theme: The effect of sunlight on the health and behaviour of skin
  • Liver Theme: Investigating possible causes of the liver disease Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Neurotoxicology Theme: the effects of drugs and chemicals on the human brain

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Due to limited places registration is required but this event is free to attend.

10:30-11:00 - Registration

Read more about the project on the Health Protection Research Unit website.

Programme

10:30-11:00 - Arrival and Registration

11:00-11:10 - Welcome
                       Pamela Denham, Chair of the Patient & Public Involvement Steering Committee

11:10-11:30 - Brief Overview of the 4 areas of this research project                          

Effects of exposure to medical radiation on health
Dr Liz Ainsbury, Public Health England, Didcot, Oxford

The effect of sunlight on the health and behaviour of skin
Dr Simon Wilkinson, Staff Scientist, Newcastle University

Investigating possible causes of the liver disease Primary Biliary Cholangitis
Professor Matthew Wright, Professor of Toxicology, Newcastle University

The effects of drugs and chemicals on the human brain
Professor Simon Thomas, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Newcastle University
Dr Peter Hanson, Research Associate, Newcastle University 

11:30-14:15 - Interactive round table discussions with the scientists with a break for lunch 12.45- 13.15

4 half hour sessions with the scientists - choose from the following 6 options. As well as telling you about the research, we are interested in hearing your views and your advice on areas for future research.

Table 1 - Commissioning a creative way to help the public understand the Science behind the Health Effects of Medical Radiation Exposures
Look at and evaluate examples of visual works such as outdoor installations, graphic art, film and photography and your opinion about which could best convey ideas about the benefits and risks of radiation exposure to the widest audience.  Further information about this discussion can be found here on the Voice North website.

Table 2 - Estimating Radiation Doses
How we measure and analyse doses of medical radiation.

Table 3 - New approaches to skin decontamination
Discussion of alternative ways of decontaminating skin after exposure to chemicals.
- Wash or wipe?

Table 4 - Chemicals in the Environment
Investigating possible causes of the liver disease primary biliary cholangitis. Presentation  and discussion on chemicals in the environment.

Table 5 - Legal and illegal highs – health risks from use of new psychoactive substances
Learn out about Novel Psychoactive Active Substances ('legal highs'), how they relate to traditional drugs of misuse, their legal status and who uses them and why? Discover what we are finding out about their adverse effects on health. Help us by advising on our current and future research plans.

Table 6 - Surgical Waste to Stem cells to Toxicology Research   
How we take human skin which is discarded during certain hospital procedures and produce stem cells from it. How we can use these stem cells in our research.

What do you think of our approach?

14:15-14:30 - Close
                       Pamela Denham, Chair of the Patient & Public Involvement Steering Committee

Location

  • The Boiler House
  • King's Road, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 7RU

Health Protection Research Matters: Keeping patients and the public safer Discussion

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  • Christine Sinnett
    26th January 2018

    There is a time for this event and a venue but no date (please see above)?

    Pamela Denham
    8th February 2018

    The date etc 27 Feb is in the overview section at the very top

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