Vicky Carlisle’s Academic Journey and Research on Opioid Substitution Treatment Spotlighted in University of Bristol Podcast
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by pr16096
7M ago
Vicky Carlisle, who completed her PhD in TARG in 2021 has recently been interviewed about her research for the University of Bristol podcast. In the podcast, Vicky discusses her non-traditional route into academia as well as her research on the multi-level influences on recovery within opioid substitution treatment (OST). Vicky discusses the role of stigma and trauma ..read more
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Involving the Public in Research: Taking the Mobile Lab on the Road
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by pr16096
1y ago
Amy Campbell, Hannah Sallis & Robyn Wootton How do you feel about researchers tracking your mood using technology? How about tracking your physical activity or your sleep? How much technology will we let into our lives in the name of research? These were the questions being asked this summer, when a team of researchers (from ..read more
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Erasing the stain: Challenging the stigma of opioid substitution treatment. Findings from a stakeholder workshop
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by TARG Admin
2y ago
Author: Vicky Carlisle. Twitter: @Vic_Carlisle, Email: vicky.carlisle@bristol.ac.uk On Wednesday 7th July 2021, I brought together key stakeholders with an interest in improving opioid substitution treatment (OST) from across the UK. This included people with lived experience, Public Health England staff, local authority public health practitioners, treatment service leads, pharmacists and academics. We discussed the findings ..read more
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Underestimation of Drug Use: A Perennial Problem with Implications for Policy
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by Stephanie Bates
3y ago
by Olivia Maynard In a paper recently published in the journal Addiction, Hannah Charles and colleagues suggest that the prevalence of illicit drug use among 23-25 year olds in a Bristol-based birth cohort (ALSPAC) is over twice that reported in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). The team propose that these figures reflect under-reporting in the CSEW, although they note that they may reflect higher levels of illicit drug use in Bristol. Here I present some preliminary data supporting their view that the CSEW underestimates illicit drug use. In March 2020, I recruited 683 UK univer ..read more
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TARG’s top tips for wellbeing and productivity
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by Stephanie Bates
3y ago
Working from home can present huge challenges both to our work productivity and overall wellbeing. These challenges will vary in type and intensity from one person to another, and may also wax and wane at different times of the year. Things we in TARG have been struggling with include: No separate workspace versus home space; blurring of boundaries between home and work Lack of motivation due to general stress or anxiety about the state of the world Material problems e.g. caring responsibilities, things in life disrupted by the pandemic The social aspect of not seeing people Difficulties in ..read more
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Reflections on a crisis – opportunities for a teaching overhaul
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by Stephanie Bates
3y ago
Written by Angela Attwood and Olivia Maynard, with reflections from Marcus Munafò Beyond the immediate impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused a great deal of disruption in how we work. The burden on academics, particularly with respect to teaching, has been considerable. But are there positives that we can take from this situation? Academia can be surprisingly conservative – we have ways of working that we are reluctant to change. While undergraduate courses may have been tweaked in response to student feedback, they remain largely unchanged from the ..read more
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Maximum cigarette pack size: a neglected aspect of tobacco control
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by annablackwell
3y ago
Written by Anna Blackwell, Senior Research Associate The manufacturing or importing of packs of cigarettes with fewer than 20 cigarettes per pack was prohibited in the UK when the EU Tobacco Products Directive and standardised packaging legislation were fully implemented in May 2017. This change was aimed at reducing the affordability of cigarettes and thereby discouraging young people from smoking. This directive also required the removal of branding and established a standard shape and dark green colour for packaging, including pictorial health warnings, which prevented the use of packaging ..read more
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Leaving the Lab: Rising to the Challenge of Remote Research
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by maddy.dyer
3y ago
Written by Angela Attwood and Maddy Dyer COVID-19 impact on research The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced millions of us to embrace remote working, and researchers are no exception. Universities are closed and face-to-face research with human participants has been temporarily halted. This has created challenges for our research, and laboratory and field studies are particularly affected. As part of a large research group at the University of Bristol, we had to respond to this new situation and develop contingency plans for our research. Our first step was to review ongoing research a ..read more
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Improving the way research is done: the UK Reproducibility Network
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by Sarah Burrows-Weeks
3y ago
Written by Natalie Hunter, Graduate Trainee – Research Landscape at Wellcome Trust   As a graduate at Wellcome, I get the opportunity to be involved in so many exciting initiatives, including working with the people aiming to tackle some of the biggest challenges in science and research.   Attending the first annual meeting of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) last Friday is a great example of this. UKRN is a grassroots, researcher-led organisation with the aim of improving scientific integrity, with a particular focus on the reproducibility of research. There’s been a  ..read more
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Understanding Anorexia – Promoting Life through Prevention
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by Will Gawned
3y ago
An essay by Caitlin Lloyd. Emma was an anxious child, always worrying. At thirteen, her anxiety became centered on interactions at school – she was terrified of being judged negatively by classmates. Around this time Emma began dieting, intending to lose just a small amount of weight. It turned out she could do so relatively easily, and enjoyed the sense of achievement resulting from the numbers on the scale going down. Her diet continued, becoming more and more extreme. Emma’s weight plummeted. Eight years later, having had two inpatient hospital admissions, Emma maintains a dangerously low b ..read more
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