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News In Brief June 2018


All the latest news from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences.

Student and Alumni Achievements

Lisa Roberts, former MSc Occupational Therapy student and current NIHR Intern, presented at the International Mountain Biking Association Summit in Slovenia. Lisa presented findings from her study of mountain biking and mental health, which she has been working on with Rob Brooks and Gareth Jones. More details of the summit can be found here. Lisa, Gareth and Rob have also submitted a paper on the same subject to the journal Frontiers in Psychology, and are awaiting peer-review feedback.

After recently completing his MSc Nutrition in Practice, Nick Greig successfully gained a conference abstract and poster acceptance. He presented the results of his dissertation on longitudinal changes in cardiovascular risk in a population with cystic fibrosis at the European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Belgrade, travelling with a team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals. The abstract is also due to be published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.

Course Achievements

The Royal Society of Biology has accredited our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree and associated pathways:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Medical Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Molecular Biotechnology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences & Medical Microbiology

The RSB say that through accreditation they support and recognise excellence in biology teaching and champion a biology curriculum that challenges students and encourages their passion for biology.

Staff Achievements

In April, Rob Brooks delivered workshops to occupational therapists at Leeds City Council on providing effective supervision.

Tim Briggs and Duncan Webb led a session at Leeds City College with a group of FE College Tutors from across Europe, who were visiting as part of an Erasmus Partnership. The talk on safety, health and wellbeing in the hair and beauty industry was extremely well received.

Tim Briggs was also recently presented “The Award for Services to the Institute” by the Institute of Acoustics in recognition of his long standing service to the Education Committee.

Pinki Sahota, Professor of Nutrition and Childhood Obesity, was invited to join a panel to present evidence at the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group’s report on obesity services on May 15th at Portcullis House, Westminster.

A number of colleagues and teams in the School were nominated in this year’s Golden Robes Awards.

We are delighted to report that Vincent Postis won Researcher of the Year. Many congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.

Earlier in the year, Vincent was also successful in securing a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council grant awarded over 3 years in ‘The role of closely-associated lipids in membrane protein structure and function’.

A collaborative research paper between Leeds Teaching Hospitals, University Paris and Leeds Beckett has recently been published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. The paper establishes the cost-savings/cost retrievals associated with accurate clinical coding procedures in the NHS setting.

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