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The annual South West Public Health Scientific Conference highlighted both service and university based public health research and evaluation from across the South West and drew from a large pool of public health academic and service professionals throughout the region.

SPCR post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Bristol, Dr Alison Gregory, attended the event at the Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare on 3 February where she presented a poster on her PhD work (also funded by the SPCR) entitled: “It really was a roller-coaster”:  the impact of domestic violence on the adult friends and relatives of survivors.

"The subjects presented were wide-ranging and included: drug-use, obesity, poverty, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, mental health, HBV infection, suicide, sex education, physical activity, smoking cessation and Ebola treatments. The audience was more varied than is usual at academic conferences with a large number from councils across the region and from Public Health England. I presented a poster of my PhD research, which was funded by the NIHR SPCR, and had some really interesting conversations with attendees about my work. In particular, it was a really useful opportunity to engage with those who commission domestic violence services locally." said Alison. 

The two plenary speakers were Professor John Fran  from the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, and Professor Peter Horby from the Centre for Tropical Medicine, University of Oxford.

More information about the event.

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