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Internal News - 11 October 2007

School for Health grows and sets future challenges

The School for Health has made a number of appointments during the summer. Dr Anna Gilmore, public health expert formerly of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Dr Millicent Stone, consultant rheumatologist at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, both bring a wealth of research experience to the school.

Dr Afroditi Stathi and Dr Fiona Gillison joined as lecturers in Sport & Exercise Science and Theresa Burgess became a lecturer in sports physiotherapy, in a joint appointment with the Department of Sports Development & Recreation, where she will be working as a physiotherapist.

The school also welcomes members of the Pain Management Unit and the Mental Health Research & Development Unit, which have now been incorporated into the school.

All staff members will become part of the school’s new organisational structure which has two research ‘pillars’ – Population health improvement (e.g. Physical activity & sport ) and Healthcare research.

This focus will enable the school to connect all its activities to the principal goal of developing high-quality research, and to link the professional postgraduate programmes to such research activity.

A central organisational ‘spine’ will incorporate the cross school teaching in the Professional Doctorate in Health as well as the administrative and support activities of the school.

At a staff meeting last month, Professor Ken Judge, head of the school, recognised the strong foundations built since its conception in 2003, which he believes will assist the school in its aims for the next five years.

He said: “Greater collaboration, both internally and externally, will enable the school to build important research clusters utilising the significant expertise available.

“Growth in the programme portfolio, for example with the integration of clinical psychology in 2008, will further strengthen our position.”

Professor Chris Eccleston, Deputy Head of the School and Director of the Pain Management Unit is delighted to lead the healthcare research pillar.

“As a relatively small group our strength lies in specific areas of focus and expertise, with internationally renowned research activity taking place in the areas of assistive technology, pain, stroke, mental health, and rheumatology,” he said.

“Many members of the school hold important posts in the healthcare community, which provide essential communication channels and opportunities for additional funding and clinical expertise.

“In turn, we can offer research-active health professionals with the organisational capacity to manage research governance and to explore research and teaching opportunities within a supportive environment.”

The first of the school’s 2007/8 Research Seminar Series takes place on Wednesday 17 October ( 8 West 2.4, 12.15pm) One of the school’s senior lecturers, Dr David Wainwright, will talk about enhancing resilience in elite athletes.