Strengthening the resilience of adolescents is central to promoting long-term mental health outcomes, but resilience is a widely used term, often applied in different ways. In this Q&A, Professor Stefan Priebe and Dr Kimberley Anderson discuss how they conducted a systematic review to understand how the term “resilience” is understood in the adolescent mental health literature, and how they developed a framework that synthesises the core characteristics of different resilience concepts.
Primary fieldwork poses many stumbling blocks, from transport and weather conditions, to political landscape and cultural differences, and it wouldn’t be wrong to presume that language barriers, in an increasingly globalised world, are less of a problem. However even when overseas research is carried out by a bilingual team, not everything translates easily.
Research Q&A: Dietary vitamin A and lung function
7 April 2021
In this Q&A, Professor Seif Shaheen and Dr Mohammad Talaei from the Institute of Population Health Sciences discuss their new research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, which finds that optimising intake of preformed vitamin A as late as mid-childhood may have a beneficial impact on subsequent lung function in adolescence.
Pregnant women remain at increased risk of severe COVID-19, and their risk of being admitted to intensive care or needing invasive ventilation is higher than non-pregnant reproductive aged women with the virus, an ongoing global study has found.
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids could prevent asthma
25 February 2021
New research suggests that a higher dietary intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in childhood may reduce the risk of developing subsequent asthma, but only in children carrying a common gene variant. The study, led by Queen Mary University of London, is in collaboration with the University of Bristol and University of Southampton, UK, and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Research Q&A: The effect of recessions on health workers
8 January 2021
A new study by Institute of Population Health Sciences researchers, published in the journal Health Policy and Planning, has looked at the impact of economic crises on health workers. In this Q&A with the lead author of the study, Giuliano Russo suggests that austerity measures need to be avoided at all costs to prevent harm to health workers.
A model that can calculate a person’s risk of becoming infected and then seriously ill due to COVID-19 has been shown to accurately estimate risk during the first wave of the pandemic in England, in new research involving Queen Mary University of London.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London, funded by Barts Charity, have launched a new clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D could protect people from COVID-19.
Pregnant women seen in hospital with COVID-19 are less likely to show symptoms, and seem to be at increased risk of needing admission to an intensive care unit than non-pregnant women of similar age, according to a study involving researchers from the Blizard Institute and Institute of Population Health Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.
Matina has been awarded a prestigious THIS Institute Fellowship for two years proposing work on creating learning maternity systems from the lessons learnt from COVID-19
Kevin Deane (Centre for Global Health) has co-edited a new textbook on the History of Economic Thought with Elisa Van Waeyneberge (SOAS).
Dr Sara Caldéron Awarded Bursary
24 June 2020
IPHS PhD student and Tower Hamlets GP, Dr Sara Caldéron, has been awarded the Curriers’ Company Millennium Healthcare Bursary
New research by a multidisciplinary collaboration between Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR): Queen Mary and Edinburgh, eHealth Interdisciplinary Group: Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge and charity Asthma UK, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, looks at the characteristics of superusers who are actively engaged in the Asthma UK online community and Facebook group to help healthcare professionals better understand the role they play in supporting the management of long-term conditions.
In the largest study of its kind (~35,000), South Asians in hospital with COVID-19 were 19% more likely to die. Higher rates of diabetes may explain part of this. All Ethnic Minority groups more likely to need intensive care and ventilation.
Sally A Hull, Crystal Williams, Mark Ashworth, Chris Carvalho, Kambiz Boomla
Professor Adrian Martineau was featured in Queen Mary People for his research, COVIDENCE UK, a national study collecting data from volunteers around the UK to answer scientific questions surrounding Covid-19.
COVIDENCE UK study launches
1 May 2020
The study, lead by Professor Adrian Martineau, will use data from volunteers around the UK to answer scientific questions surrounding Covid-19.
'Faith in coronavirus modelling is no substitute for sound political judgment': Professor Dave McCoy has published an article in The Guardian oultining the importance of political judgement and warning of over reliance on modelling.
Dr Jess Potter appeared on BBC Radio 4's, The Future of Health, in which she and a panel of other experts discussed the long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global health and healthcare.
Corona Virus Advice and Updates
13 March 2020
Information and guidance for Queen Mary University of London staff, students and visitors regarding Coronavirus.
Queen Mary academics receive honours from the Queen
28 December 2019
Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2020.
Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa, a Queen Mary University of London Doctoral Research Fellow, has received a Fellowship from the World Association of Social Psychiatry.
Academics from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded £5.5 million to deliver an innovative ‘Health Data in Practice' PhD Programme, with the first intake of students planned for October 2020.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) launched new guidelines for the management of dyslipidaemias at the ESC meeting 1–4 September 2019 with the guidelines concurrently published in the European Heart Journal. Professor Borislava Mihaylova, Chair in Health Economics at the Institute for Population Health Sciences, is a member of the guidelines Taskforce.
A simple Mediterranean-style diet in pregnancy does not reduce the overall risk of adverse maternal and offspring complications, but has the potential to reduce weight gain in pregnancy and the risk of gestational diabetes, according to a clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick.
With every week that a pregnancy continues past term (37 weeks), the risk of stillbirth increases, according to an analysis of more than 15 million pregnancies led by Queen Mary University of London.