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13 January    Building a career in applied health research (and having a life): a personal perspective

Professor Eileen Kaner 

Eileen Kaner is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an NIHR Senior Investigator.

Eileen is an applied behavioural scientist who uses a wide range of research methodologies to focus on illness prevention in high-risk, vulnerable groups. Her interdisciplinary work crosses health, mental health, social care, educational and forensic settings and involves participants at all stages of life. Her work is policy-focused and it addresses contemporary Public Health and social challenges for those most in need in society.

Addressing inequalities and supporting people with complex health needs is at the heart of Eileen's work. Her vision is to achieve evidence-based prevention and care to transform individual lives, enhance population health and achieve financial sustainability in health systems.

To date, Eileen has produced 320 publications and won £73 million in grants. Her H-index is 51 (i10 index 146) with 14,312 citations. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health. Eileen has played leadership roles in two NIHR Schools (Public Health Research and Primary Care Research), the NIHR Innovation Observatory, the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Sciences and she is the Director of an Applied Research Collaboration.


21 & 22 January    Implementation and Impact Training [limited capacity]

Delivered by: Keele Impact Accelerator Unit (IAU) 

This interactive training will be run over two consecutive half days and will give attendees the opportunity to consider and apply key principles of implementation and impact to their area of research. The sessions will be led by an inter-disciplinary team, including public contributors, with implementation expertise in clinical practice, project management, research, and policy.  

By the end of this training, attendees will: 

  • Understand what Knowledge Mobilisation is, be familiar with its concepts and be able to choose an approach to accelerate the impact of their research 
  • Understand and have experience of co-production and how this could be used in their own research 
  • Understand the impact that can be generated from research and be able to consider steps to increase the impact of your research in the future 


 February    Diversity in research participation

Delivered by: Tanvi Rai, Victoria McGowan, Paula Wray

Further description tbc

 22 March    Co-production in Action: Improving Access to Trauma-Informed Primary Care [limited capacity]

Delivered by: Michelle Farr

Further description tbc

Past  events

14 September   Funding Strategies, Grant Writing Skills & RDS support  [Christie Cabral]

Recording available

23 October   How to implement a virtual programme for Patient and Public Involvement [NIHR Academy and Esther van Vliet]

Recording available

6 November     Introduction to qualitative research [Charlotte Albury & Catherine Pope]

12 November     Adapting Research to the reality of Covid-19 [Richard McManus]

24 November     Introduction to prognosis research [Danielle van der Windt]

1 December      A practical introduction to mindfulness
 [Kelly Birtwell]

Supporting mindfulness resources