Notable works from ScHARR

The work of ScHARR has continued apace during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some examples of ScHARR’s ongoing impact are highlighted below: 

• The CONSORT Adaptive Designs extension has just been published for the reporting of clinical trials which have adaptive designs. The group was led by Munya Dimairo. The work is already having an impact by setting the standard for the reporting of the COVID-19 trials – the study designs of which are in the main adaptive: 

https://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/the-adaptive-designs- consort-extension-ace-statement/ 

Steven Julious recently gave a talk to the Royal Statistical Society in Sheffield to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. The talk, entitled The Passionate Statistician, spoke of her statistical legacy and her connections to Sheffield and can be viewed below: 

https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/Florence+NightingaleA+The+Passionate+ Statistician/1_bejuidrx 

Luc de Witte, Sarah Abdi and Mark Hawley worked with colleagues at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India to create a diagnostic toolkit for use in the slums and villages of Bangalore, India. The Baptist Hospital recently put out a YouTube video titled ‘Stepping Out to Save Lives’ describing how they have taken this work forward to benefit people during the COVID pandemic. You can see the video below: 

Janet Harris co-authored a new Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology report on Evaluating the Integration of Health and Social Care. You can access the report below: 

Evaluating the integration of health and social care

• With support from Luc de Witte, Muhammad Saddiq, Robert Akparibo and Dan Smith, Julie Balen hosted the first of a series of ScHARR Alumni Covid-19 Global Online Meetups in March 2020. This was attended by former students working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic across Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Israel, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, UK, and Zimbabwe. 

Julie Balen and colleagues from the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Diseases co-hosted the inaugural Sheffield Interdisciplinary 

Global Health Symposium on 23 January 2020. This was a major success, bringing together over 100 attendees from 10 Departments across all five Faculties at the University. 

• The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG) held the inaugural ECARS symposium online on 7th and 8th July which was so well received that the organisers are now planning to make it an annual event (hopefully face-to-face in future!):  https://ecars2020.org/

Selected Grant Awards

• Robert Akparibo – the University of Sheffield Global Engagement Team, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical Sciences, in collaboration with the University of Ghana, has received a grant totalling 236, 612 Euros to implement a Staff- PGR students mobility programme (ERASMUS+ International Credit Mobility programme, funded by the European Commission) between the two institutions from 2021-2023. The funding will support a total of 73 student and staff mobilities between the University of Sheffield and the University of Ghana (including: 19 PhD student mobilities; 25 teaching mobilities; 29 staff training mobilities). 

• Balen, J. (PI), Rushton, S. (PI), Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E., Panday, S., Karki, J et al The impact of federalisation on Nepal’s health system: a longitudinal analysis, Joint MRC/ESRC/DFID/Wellcome Health Systems Research Initiative (£984,000) 

• John Holmes and Petra Meier received £30,000 in QR funding to support dissemination of their work to policy-makers and other public health stakeholders. The funding will also support publication of new findings on drinking guidelines, alcohol and tobacco pricing, and brief interventions in primary care that will inform policy debate in the UK and internationally. 

• Cunnington A. (PI), d’Alessandro, U., Yeung, SM., Ghani A., Balen, J., Pantelis, G., et al Digital diagnostics for Africa network, GCRF Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA) (£150,000)