Conference programme 2017

We are delighted to announce the programme for Public Health Science 2017. The conference will be held in London at Mary Ward House, UK, on Nov 24, 2017. You can also book your place at the conference at the HG3 booking website here –


09.00 Welcome and introduction to the day

Richard Horton, The Lancet

Rob Aldridge, UCL

09.15 Creativity and innovation in public health science
1.     Adaption of the ASSIST model of informal peer-led intervention delivery to the Talk to FRANK drug prevention programme in UK secondary schools (ASSIST+FRANK): a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. James White.

2.     The health impacts of UK Lone Parent Obligations: a natural experiment study using Understanding Society panel data. Ruth Dundas.

3.     Exposing ‘complexity’ as a smokescreen: a qualitative analysis. Natalie Savona.

4.     Economic and ethical implications of improving access to health care for older people with intellectual disabilities in England: A cost-effectiveness modeling study of health checks. Annette Bauer.

5.     Why was a judicial review required to allow the English NHS to fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV? Tehseen Khan.

10.30 Tea and coffee
11.00 New methodological approaches to public health science
1.    Changing environments to change behaviour: Typology of Interventions in Proximal Physical Micro-Environments (TIPPME). Gareth Hollands.

2.     Modelling the cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce traffic related air-pollution. Ann Ballinger.

3.     A discourse network analysis of minimum unit pricing for alcohol: mapping the “discursive communities” in UK newspaper coverage of the debate. Gillian Fergie. 

4.     Implications of Brexit on the effectiveness of the UK soft drinks industry levy upon coronary heart disease in England: a modelling study. Paraskevi Seferidi.

5.     Reassessing patterns of childhood body mass index, overweight and obesity in South Asian and Black participants in the English National Child Measurement Programme: use of ethnicity-specific BMI adjustments. Mohammed Hudda.

12.30 Lunch and chaired poster viewing
14.00 Keynote Speech:

How do we do the research that the public actually need? Helen Walters, National Institute for Health Research. 

14.40 FPH membership for academics working in Public Health: a new Associate Membership?
15.00 Tea, coffee and poster viewing
15.30 Implementing public health science in policy and practice

1.     PACE-UP primary care pedometer-based walking randomised controlled trial: mixed-methods results from 3-year follow-up. Charlotte Wahlich.

2.    Distributive equity in the real world: would targeting the National Health Service Health Check programme to deprived groups be more cost effective? Brendan Collins.

3.     A systematic, meta-analytic review of prospective risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among women. Alexa Rachel Yakubovich.

4.     E-cohort study of the relationship between alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related mortality in Wales. Andrea Gartner.

5.   The effects of public health policies on health inequalities: a review of reviews. Frances Hillier-Brown.

17.00 Closing remarks and prize announcements

 Richard Horton, The Lancet  



Poster presentations 2017

Accessibility and uptake of health services

  1. Taylor: Education, Health Literacy and Inequity in Access to Transplantation: Results from the ATTOM cohort study
  2. Kerrison: Use of two annual self-referral reminders and a theory-based leaflet to increase the uptake of bowel scope screening among former non-participants: results from a randomised controlled trial in London
  3. Vrinten: Cancer worries and uptake of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening: a population-based survey in England
  4. Chrysou: Co-creation of local smoking cessation services: an innovative public health intervention in times of austerity

Development and evaluations of interventions

  1. Alexander: An integrated learning scheme for community practitioners involved in the care of children and young people
  2. Smith: Participatory Budgeting and health and wellbeing: a systematic scoping review of evaluations and outcomes
  3. Fildes: Developing a communication toolbox for primary care practitioners to raise the issue of weight with parents of preschool children: A qualitative study
  4. Martin: Exploring previous adaptations to the women’s group Participatory Learning & Action Cycle in resource-limited settings: an observational study.
  5. Osborne: Evaluating the impact of cancer awareness training for community-based health workers: a cross-sectional repeated measures survey

Diet, diabetes and obesity

  1. Captieux: Supported self-management for people with type 2 diabetes: A meta-review of quantitative systematic reviews
  2. Jones: What are the views of overweight and obese adolescents (12-17yrs) attending lifestyle treatment interventions: a qualitative systematic review
  3. Sarkar: Residential density and adiposity: findings from the UK Biobank
  4. Alwan: Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes following Gestational Diabetes in a Population-based Cohort
  5. Little: An ecological cross-sectional study investigating if domains of deprivation from the Index of Multiple Deprivation predict overweight and obesity amongst primary school children in England

Health and education

  1. Busse: Developing a typology of mentoring programmes for young people in secondary schools in the United Kingdom: a qualitative study
  2. Long: Testing the ‘zero-sum game’ hypothesis: An examination of school health policy and practice and inequalities in educational outcomes
  3. Pandey: Systematic review of effectiveness of universal self-regulation based interventions to improve self-regulation, and effects on distal health and social outcomes in children and adolescents
  4. Phillips: Who’s got a defibrillator? A national survey of AED provision and training at secondary schools in Wales
  5. Pringle: The impact of early learning and childcare on the parents of pre-school children: results of a rapid systematic review
  6. Smith: How easy is it for a lay audience to read medical journals? A survey of the readability scores of a sample of diabetes research papers

Health equity

  1. Al Sallakh: Socioeconomic deprivation and inequalities in asthma care in Wales
  2. Parkinson: Investigating age-period-cohort effects using Lexis diagrams and intrinsic estimator regression modelling to understanding Scotland’s ‘excess mortality’
  3. Remes: Sense of coherence as a coping mechanism for women with anxiety living in deprivation: British population, cohort study
  4. Tseliou: Differential effect of caregiving across age-groups: a census-based record linkage study.
  5. Twaits: The association between area-based deprivation and change in body mass index over time in primary school children: a population-based cohort study.
  6. O’Donnell: A systematic review of qualitative research on the factors shaping amphetamine type stimulant use over the life course

Health of older people

  1. Beynon: Dementia Health Needs Assessment (HNA): A Review of Epidemiology, Services, Health Needs and Models of Good Practice
  2. Blodgett: Neurodevelopmental contributors to standing balance in mid to later life: findings from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development
  3. Harkness: Mastery and fear of falling in a UK sample of older people
  4. Herrod: Non-pharmacological strategies of reducing blood pressure in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  5. Koopmans: Risks of skin cancer in older adults: analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  6. Oliver: Cohort study suggests a possible aetiological role of low oxygen tolerating bacteria in prostate cancer development and offers a potential new approach to prostate cancer prevention

Health services for marginalised populations

  1. Aisyah: Hepatitis C among Vulnerable Populations: A Seroprevalence Study of Homeless, PWID and Prisoners in London
  2. Collins: Distributive equity in the real world: would targeting NHS Healthchecks to deprived groups be more cost effective? A modelling study using real world data from a deprived northern city
  3. Dawes: ‘A Mile in Her Shoes’: The impact of volunteer-led running groups for women affected by homelessness, a qualitative study
  4. Kaddour: Initial phase exploring barriers to oral health among young carers in Surrey, England.
  5. Liljas: Engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups in health promotion: the views of older people and professionals from a qualitative study in England
  6. Jackson: Triangulation of two mixed methods studies to understand Gypsy, Traveller and Roma use of health services in the UK

Maternal and child health

  1. Ahrendt Bjerregaard: Association between maternal diet quality and offspring diet quality assessed at age 14 years – longitudinal study in a large contemporary cohort
  2. Lakshman: A theory-based behavioural intervention to reduce formula-milk intake and prevent excessive weight gain during infancy (The Baby Milk Trial): an explanatory randomised controlled trial
  3. Umney: Societal behavioural norms and the media: discourse analysis of a research project aiming to change breastfeeding behaviours using financial incentives
  4. Straatmann: How well can poor child health and development be predicted using data collected in early childhood in the UK? Findings from the Millennium Cohort Study
  5. Wood: Trends in surgery for developmental dysplasia of the hip before and after introduction of improved DDH detection pathways: a population based cohort study, Scotland 1997-2014
  6. Ziauddeen: Predicting childhood overweight and obesity using maternal and early life risk factors: a systematic review

mHealth and eHealth

  1. Judah: Behavioural text message reminders to improve participation in breast screening: A randomised controlled trial
  2. Judah: Behavioural text message reminders to improve participation in cervical screening: A randomised controlled trial
  3. Johns: A systematic review of the use of social media for the delivery of health promotion on smoking, nutrition and physical activity
  4. Alwan: Development of an interactive dietary assessment tools website (Nutritools) for use in health research
  5. Wu: SemEHR: Surfacing Semantic Data from Clinical Notes in Electronic Health Records for Tailored Care, Trial Recruitment and Clinical Research

Modelling and simulation

  1. De Poli: The impact of interventions to prevent diabetes in England – a simulation model
  2. Ahmadi-Abhari: Impact of tobacco smoking prevalence on cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular deaths in England and Wales 2017-2040: a modelling study
  3. Gray: Cardiorespiratory fitness; a missing component in UK lifetime cardiovascular risk prediction models? A cross-sectional analysis.
  4. Savona: Proportional responsibility vs individual responsibility for healthy eating: a complex systems analysis
  5. Owen: Modelling the cost effectiveness of environmental interventions to encourage and support physical activity

Physical activity

  1. Collins: Engaging with the science of physical activity: the experience of female international students at a London University.
  2. Pereira: Stability and change in leisure time physical inactivity and its predictors in mid-adulthood: findings from a prospective British birth cohort study
  3. Raza: Identification of Predictors of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in 12-Month-Old British Infants: A Machine Learning Driven Study
  4. Smith: Prevalence of travel and dietary behaviours with health and environmental co-benefits: A cross-sectional analysis of UK Biobank
  5. Warr: Discovery of 7 novel policy-modifiable characteristics associated with future objectively measured physical activity status (PA) in using the UK Biobank data.
  6. Cadar: Physical activity as a distinctive feature of lifestyle behaviour clustering: Associations with dementia risk in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Primary care

  1. Beynon: Screening for Undiagnosed Diabetes in the First Trimester of Pregnancy: A Summary of the Evidence.
  2. Blomquist: Improving public health intelligence to inform sexual health policy and practice: The acceptability and feasibility of implementing an enhanced bio-behavioural surveillance tool in sexual health clinics
  3. Dezateux: General practice consultations with obese children – a missed opportunity? Cross-sectional study using linked national child measurement and primary care data
  4. Lovell: A realist review and collaborative development of ‘what works’ in the social prescribing process
  5. Palladino: Evaluating the impact of a national diabetes risk assessment and screening programme in England: a quasi-experimental study
  6. Kim: Patterns in chlamydia detection rate in young adults, 15-24 years in England, 2012-2015: longitudinal analysis of routine data

Public health and the policy process

  1. Buckton: Opening the policy window for “sugar tax”? Media representations of sugar and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in UK newspapers: implications for public health policy
  2. Gentry: How can researchers generate meaningful public health policy impact? A meta-ethnography of case studies
  3. Hilton: Who says what about sugar-sweetened beverage tax? Stakeholders’ framing of evidence: a newspaper analysis.
  4. McGrath: Exploring influences on public health contributions to alcohol licensing processes in local government in England: a mixed methods study
  5. Pineo: Census, characteristics and taxonomy of urban health indicator tools: a systematic review
  6. Spence: Local resident’s opposition to a multinational fast food company in England: a qualitative analysis

Communicable disease

  1. Zhou: Mining Electronic Health Records for Identification of Predictive Factors Associated with Hospitalisation of Campylobacter Infections
  2. Smith: Development of a novel application for visualising infectious disease data in hospital settings
  3. Trayner: Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine uptake, and barriers and motivations towards vaccination in undergraduate students: a mixed-methods study.
  4. Wilson: Effect of an e-STI testing and results service on STI diagnoses and STI testing uptake: a single-blind randomised controlled trial

Secondary and tertiary care

  1. Haroon: Information standards for recording alcohol use in electronic health records: Findings from a national consultation
  2. Kwong: Can Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) be used in emergency admissions? A cohort study exploring agreement of retrospective and contemporaneous PROMs with from hip and knee replacement patients in NHS hospitals
  3. Walsh: Approaches to alcohol screening in secondary care: a review and meta-analysis
  4. Song: A systematic root cause analysis into the increase in Escherichia coli bacteraemia in Wales over the last 10 years

Structural and population interventions

  1. Bouttell: Synthetic Control Methodology as a tool for evaluating public health interventions – a guide to the method and case study
  2. Hunter: Social network interventions for health behaviour change: A systematic review
  3. Levin: Cost-benefit analysis of a Power of Attorney media campaign in Scotland
  4. Ireland: Exploring the relationship between Big Food corporations and professional sports clubs: a scoping review
  5. Young: Effectiveness of mass media campaigns to reduce alcohol consumption and harm: A systematic review

Public Health Science: Call for abstracts 2017

The Lancet invite abstract submissions for Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health to be held in London at Mary Ward House, UK, on Nov 24, 2017.

This year we will again be awarding both oral and poster presentation prizes. To be entered, tell us if you are a pre-PhD researcher (eg, MSc student, foundation year trainee, research assistant, public health trainee, or academic clinical fellow), PhD student, or postdoctoral trainee (clinical lecturers, clinician scientist fellows, or equivalent posts) when you submit your abstract. Public Health England is also sponsoring a prize for the best piece of implementation research that will be selected from all submissions.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, be written in English, and contain no references, tables, or figures. Submissions should include the following sections: background (including context and aim), methods, findings, and interpretation. Please also include a non-declamatory title (including a study descriptor—eg, randomised); names, titles, highest degrees, and affiliations of authors; postal and email addresses for the corresponding author; any funding received (if none, please state this); and a brief summary of the contributions of each author and any competing interests. Abstract guidelines are available on The Lancet‘s website. Reports of randomised trials should follow the CONSORT extension for abstracts.

Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document through The Lancet’s online submission system and state in your covering letter that the submission is for the Public Health Science conference. The abstract submission deadline is June 19, 2017. After The Lancet‘s peer-review process, participants will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for oral or poster presentation by Aug 25, 2017.

You can now book your place at the conference at the HG3 booking website here –

2016 conference programme

We are delighted to announce the programme for Public Health Science 2016. This year the conference is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff, UK on Nov 25, 2016.


09.00 Welcome and introduction to the day

Richard Horton, The Lancet
Rob Aldridge, University College London

09.15 Creativity and innovation in public health science

Chairs: Richard Horton and Emily Tweed

1.     Trajectory of achievement in primary school and development of mental health conditions in adolescence. Sinead Brophy.

2.     Suicide and self-harm related Internet use: a cross-sectional study investigating the prevalence and characteristics of hospital presenting self-harm patients. Prianka Padmanathan.

3.     Effects of national housing quality standards on hospital emergency admissions: a quasi-experiment using data linkage. Sarah Rodgers.

4.     What is the maternal and child mental health impact of moving into poverty and child and maternal mental health? Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Sophie Wickham.

5.     Health impacts of the M74 urban motorway extension: a natural experimental study. David Ogilvie

10.30 Tea and coffee
11.00 New methodological approaches to public health science

Chairs: Martin McKee and Louise Hurst

1.     Content analysis of tobacco industry data on the illicit tobacco trade in UK newspapers during the standardised packaging debate. Karen Evans-Reeves.

2.     Towards a new model of evidence for public health. Harry Rutter

3.     Negotiating multisectoral evidence: a qualitative study of knowledge exchange in transport and public health. Cornelia Guell.

4.     Body mass index and cardiometabolic disease in UK Biobank: a Mendelian randomization study of 119,859 UK Biobank participants. Donald Lyall.

5.     Econometric and comparative risk assessment scenario modelling of the proposed UK sugary drink tax on health. Adam Briggs.

12.30 Lunch and chaired poster viewing
14.00 Keynote Speeches:

Chair: Anne Johnson

1.     Public Health research in Wales. Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer, Wales.

2.     Data Linkage: an essential tool for efficient observational and interventional research and service delivery. Ronan Lyons, Clinical Professor of Public Health, Swansea University Medical School

15.00 Tea, coffee and poster viewing
15.30 Implementing public health science in policy and practice

Chairs: Klim McPherson and Serena Luchenski

1.     Does exposure to opioid substitution treatment at prison release reduce the risk of death? A national prospective cohort study in England. Matthew Hickman.

2.     Evaluation of the Healthy Start Voucher Scheme: a Qualitative Study of Low Income Mothers’ Perspectives. Susan Browne.

3.     Can continuity of primary care decrease emergency care use? A nested case-control study. Peter Tammes.

4.     Low alcohol consumption and pregnancy and childhood outcomes: time to change guidelines indicating apparently ‘safe’ levels of alcohol during pregnancy? A systematic review and meta-analyses. Loubaba Mamluk.

5.     Impact of a levy on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages within Jamie’s Italian restaurants: interrupted time-series analysis. Steven Cummins.

17.00 Closing remarks

 Richard Horton, The Lancet  



Poster presentations 2016


  1. Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 and hearing impairment in older adults: results from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Camille Lassale
  2. Vision impairment doubles the risk of frailty over 4 years: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Ann Elizabeth Margaretha Liljas
  3. Physical activity in older people: A review of systematic reviews of interventions and context, Olawale Olanrewaju
  4. Lifestyle factors, cognitive reserve and cognitive function: results from a population-based cohort, the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study Wales (CFAS Wales), Yu-Tzu Wu
  5. Life course adiposity and biological ageing: A cross-sectional study, Wahyu Wulaningsih
  6. Dementia case-finding in acute hospitals: qualitative study of hospital clinicians’ and GPs’ perspectives, Anne-Marie Burn


  1. Factors associated with public support for alcohol policy in England: a population-based survey, Penny Buykx
  2. Alcohol in older people: systematic reviews of interventions and context, Sarah Kelly
  3. Alcohol misuse and injury outcomes in young people aged 10-24: A cohort analysis using linked primary and secondary data in England, Louise Lester
  4. Assessing the feasibility of using health information in alcohol licensing decisions: A case study of seven English local authorities, John Daniel Mooney
  5. Do cumulative impact zones reduce alcohol availability in UK high streets? Evaluating a natural experiment introducing a new licencing policy, Triantafyllos Pliakas 


  1. Evaluating the Number of Offspring and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease among Men and Women to Distinguish the Role of Shared Lifestyle Characteristics, Maria Christine Magnus
  2. Explaining differences in cardiovascular disease mortality between local authorities in England: an ecological analysis, Prachi Bhatnagar
  3. Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Psoriasis, Psoriatic and Rheumatoid Arthritis: A prospective study using routinely collected health data held in the SAIL Databank, Roxanne Cooksey
  4. Childhood maltreatment and biomarkers for cardiometabolic disease in mid-adulthood: associations and potential explanations, Snehal Pinto Pereira
  5. Is post-stent clopidogrel stopped on time? A prescribing audit in primary care, Katherine Maskell
  6. Reducing US cardiovascular disease inequalities through dietary policy, Piotr Bandosz 

Child and Adolescent Health

  1. Body-mass index and incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in UK children and young adults, Ali Abbasi
  2. NAP SACC UK: a feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial to adapt a US environmental intervention in UK nurseries to increase physical activity and healthy eating in 2-4 year olds, Rowan Brockman
  3. Parental influences on children’s physical self-perceptions, body composition and physical activity levels, William Thompson Bezant Eddolls
  4. Exploring the case for investing in Early Years in Wales: A health economics perspective, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards
  5. Methods of ascertainment of children and young people living with diabetes mellitus: a mapping exercise of the NHS diabetic eye screening programmes, Maria Ibanez Bruron 

Ethnicity and Migration

  1. Migration and Health: A Policy Review to Support Inter-Sectoral Actions and Joint-Policy Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries Across Regions, Anjali Bhaskar Borhade
  2. Health needs of unaccompanied children seeking asylum – a descriptive analysis of the physical and mental health needs of unaccompanied children, Rachel Margaret Coyle
  3. Body mass index adjustments to increase the validity of body fatness assessment in UK black African and South Asian children, Mohammed T Hudda
  4. Exploring determinants of overweight and obesity in South Asian Adolescents in England, Gurnam Singh Johal
  5. Perceived barriers to accessing mental health services amongst the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities: A qualitative study in southeast England, Anjum Memon 

Health Protection

  1. Seasonal influenza vaccination in healthcare workers: exploring the influence of consultants on the uptake of vaccination by medical students and early career doctors, Rhiannon Louise Edge
  2. Public attitudes toward research participation during an infectious disease pandemic: a qualitative study across four European countries, Nina Gobat
  3. Estimating the burden of admissions due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in children <5 years of age in England using linked laboratory surveillance and hospital data, Rachel Melanie Reeves
  4. Winter burden of hospital bed closures due to acute gastroenteritis in England, 2010/11-2015/16: a population-based observational study using routinely collected data, Frank G Sandmann
  5. Barriers and facilitators to HIV testing in people age 50 and above: a systematic review, Elaney Youssef

Implementation research

  1. Systematic review of public-targeted communication interventions to improve antibiotic use, Robert Tolfree
  2. Inferring the intervention effect of local alcohol licensing polices on hospital admission and violent crime: a natural experiment using a novel Bayesian synthetic control method, Frank de Vocht
  3. Modelling the long-term epidemiological and cost impact of a multi-component lifestyle intervention and a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in the EU: results from the EConDA project, Laura Pimpin
  4. Achieving the 2025 WHO Global Health BMI Targets: Progress of 53 WHO-Europe region countries, a modelling study, Elisa Pineda
  5. Improving population levels of physical activity through integration into everyday life: a pre-post analysis of the Cycling Cities and Towns (CCTs) programme, Glenn Stewart

Maternal and Child Health

  1. Mam-Kind Study: A Novel Peer Support Intervention Using Motivational Interviewing for Breastfeeding Maintenance: a UK Feasibility Study, Lauren Copeland
  2. Adversity and risk of poor birth and infant outcomes for young mothers: a population-based data linkage cohort study, Katie Harron
  3. A systematic review of interventions that enhance health professional contact with parents and infants to improve child development and social-emotional wellbeing in the early years in high-income countries, Lisa Hurt
  4. Prenatal alcohol exposure and pregnancy and childhood outcomes: a systematic review of alternative analytical approaches, Loubaba Mamluk
  5. Systematic review of infant and young children complementary feeding practices in South Asian families, Logan Manikam
  6. Providing the Best Medicine: The Use of Evidence to Support Breastfeeding/breast milk feeding in Neonatal Units (NNUs) in Scotland, Kate Woodman 

Mental Health (1)

  1. A national cross-sectional survey of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their association with health-harming behaviours and mental well-being in the Welsh adult population, Kathryn Ashton
  2. Barriers and facilitators for lowering cardiovascular disease risk in people with severe mental illnesses: Evidence from a systematic review and focus group study, Alexandra Burton
  3. Meditation in Humanitarian Aid – an action research, Jivana Hunt
  4. Recent trends in diagnosis and psychotropic prescribing for children and young people- a series of e-cohort studies, Ann John

Mental Health (2)

  1. Cost effectiveness of a befriending intervention to improve the wellbeing and reduce loneliness of older women, Lesley Owen
  2. Mental health and wellbeing trends among children and young people in the UK 2000-2014: repeated cross-sectional study. Jackie Pitchforth
  3. Generalized anxiety disorder and excess cancer deaths: findings from a large, longitudinal population study, Sarah Kelly and Olawale Olanrewaju
  4. Evaluation of an Asset-based Community Development project: Does it promote health and well-being?, Emily van de Venter
  5. Improving mental health through the regeneration of deprived neighborhoods: A prospective controlled quasi-experimental study, James White

New Methods and Tools 

  1. Reporting of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews of public health interventions: a methodological assessment, Mhairi Campbell
  2. Using a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) approach to elicit patients’ preferences for hip fracture rehabilitation services as part of a feasibility study, Joanna Mary Charles
  3. The UK Secure eResearch Platform for public health research: a case study, Kerina Helen Jones
  4. Cost Analysis of Standard Sanger Sequencing (SSS) versus Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in ICONIC: Infection Response through Virus Genomics, Nishma Patel
  5. Vitamin D levels in relation to gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia: a Mendelian Randomization Analysis, Maria Christine Magnus 

Obesity, Diet, Physical activity and other Behavioural Interventions (1)

  1. Poverty and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low- and lower-middle income countries: A systematic review, Luke Allen
  2. How much do people spend on physical activity in England: the first nationwide cross- sectional survey of expenditure in England, Nana Kwame Anokye
  3. A Secondary Analysis of Data in the ‘Welsh Health Survey for Children’ to Identify Risk Factors Associated with Childhood Obesity in Wales, Claire Beynon
  4. Examining the interplay of fast food exposure and income on diet and obesity: A cross-sectional study in UK Biobank, Thomas Burgoin
  5. Sugar Sweetened Beverages Coverage in the British Media – An Analysis of Public Health Advocacy versus Pro-Industry Messaging, Simon Capewell

Obesity, Diet, Physical activity and other Behavioural Interventions (2)

  1. Home cooking experiences, perceptions and practices: a qualitative study using interviews with photo-elicitation, Susanna Mills
  2. A systematic review of concepts and mechanisms linking environmental change and changes in physical activity, Jenna Panter
  3. Association of the Food Environment and Obesity: A Systematic Review of Geographic and Statistical Methods, Elisa Pineda
  4. Determinants in early adulthood of leisure-time physical inactivity stability and change in mid-life: findings from a prospective cohort, Snehal M Pinto Pereira
  5. Associations between energy drink consumption and school attendance, academic attainment, and problem behaviour: A cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, Gareth Richards

Population Healthcare and Screening

  1. Is the timing of the first antenatal visit associated with adverse birth outcomes? Analysis from a population-based birth cohort, Nisreen A Alwan
  2. The relationship between GP Practice funding and practice achievement: a cross-sectional study, Veline L’Esperance
  3. A grounded theory study of participation in cervical screening for young women: Sexual association the hidden issue, Mabel Okoeki
  4. Understanding barriers to cervical screening uptake in transmen: an exploratory qualitative analysis, Joanna Semlyen
  5. Cancer stigma and cancer screening attendance: a population-based survey in England, Charlotte Vrinten
  6. Understanding factors influencing vaccination acceptance during pregnancy in Hackney, London, Rose Wilson

Sexual and Reproductive Health

  1. Finding Sexual partners online: prevalence and associations with sexual behaviour and sexual health outcomes using a British national probability survey, Melissa Cabecinha
  2. A discrete choice experiment involving 1,230 young people across England to identify attributes which might influence young people’s preferences for emerging technologies for Chlamydia testing and treatment, Sue Eaton
  3. Perceptions of HPV and attitudes towards HPV vaccination amongst men who have sex with men: a qualitative analysis, Tom Nadarzynski
  4. A realist evaluation of the provision of positive sexual health services for young people, Katie Shearn


  1. Models for Access to Maternal Smoking cessation Support MAMSS): results from a quasi-experiment to increase the engagement of pregnant women who smoke in NHS Stop Smoking Services, Lorna Bennett
  2. The Causal Effects of Varenicline on Adverse Outcomes: an Observational Cohort Study Using Electronic Medical Records, Neil Martin Davies
  3. The Costs of Disinvesting from Stop Smoking Services: an economic evaluation based on the NICE Tobacco Return on Investment model, Lesley Owen
  4. The effectiveness of varenicline versus nicotine replacement therapy on long-term smoking cessation in primary care, Neil Martin Davies
  5. Smoke responsibly: A qualitative study of student and staff beliefs about smoking in further education institutions, Micky Willmott

 Social Determinants of Health (1)

  1. Understanding social inequalities in childhood hospital admissions: findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, Melisa Campbell
  2. Socioeconomic indicators and sociobehavioural mediators of high mental wellbeing despite low physical capability: Findings from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, Theodore David Cosco
  3. Associations between different measures of child poverty, healthcare utilisation and health outcomes: observational study of nationally representative English data, Dougal S Hargreaves
  4. Does intergenerational social mobility affect general health, oral health and physical function among older adults in England?, Alejandra Letelier
  5. A Small Area Estimation Model of Comorbidity for England, Karyn Morrissey

Social Determinants of Health (2)

  1. Child maltreatment and living standards in adulthood: findings from a prospective birth cohort, Snehal M Pinto Pereira
  2. The short-term health and social impacts of energy-efficiency investments in low-income communities: A controlled field study, Wouter Poortinga
  3. Poverty and development interventions which address behavioural risk factors of non-communicable diseases in low- and lower-middle income countries: a systematic review, Jessica Pullar
  4. A natural experiment evaluating the impact of the built environment on self-rated health and well-being, and other health behaviours: baseline characteristics of participants from social, affordable and market-rent accommodation, Bina Ram
  5. Public Health Data Science: using the Global Burden of Disease methodology to estimate disease burden due to air pollution in England, Jurgen Carlo Schmidt
  6. Effect of internal migration on inequalities in mortality in Wales: an e-cohort study, Andrea Gartner


  1. The short and long-term cost-effectiveness of a pedometer based intervention in primary care: results of a within trial analysis and beyond trial modelling, Nana Kwame Anokye
  2. Evaluating youth mentoring for young people at risk of exclusion from secondary school: results from a feasibility randomised control trial study, Heide Busse
  3. Text-message Reminders in Colorectal Cancer Screening (TRICCS): a non-clinical randomised controlled trial, Yasemin Hirst
  4. Message framing in cervical screening invitation letters: A randomised controlled trial, Sarah Huf
  5. National Cancer Registration Service prostate cancer registry validation utilising data from the Cluster randomised triAl of PSA testing for Prostate cancer (CAP) study, Sam Merriel


Public Health Science: Call for abstracts 2016

The Lancet invite abstract submissions for Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health to be held on Nov 25, 2016. This year the conference will be held in Cardiff.

This year we hope to build on our support for early career researchers by introducing oral and poster presentation prizes. To be entered into this competition please inform us when you submit your abstract if you are a pre-PhD (e.g. MSc student, Foundation Year trainee, Public Health trainee or Academic Clinical Fellow), PhD student, or Postdoctoral trainee (Clinical Lecturers, Clinician Scientist Fellows or equivalent posts). Additionally, Public Health England will sponsor a prize for the best piece of implementation research that will be selected from all submissions by judges at the conference.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, be written in English, and contain no references, tables, or figures. Submissions should include the following sections: background (including context and aim); methods; findings; and interpretation. Please also include a non-declamatory title (including a study descriptor—eg, randomised); names, titles, highest degrees, and affiliations of authors; postal and email addresses for the corresponding author; any funding received (if none, please state this); and a brief summary of the contributions of each author and any competing interests. Guidelines are available on The Lancet’s website. Reports of randomised trials should follow the CONSORT extension for abstracts.

Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to The Lancet’s online submission system. To submit your abstract go to stating in your covering letter that the submission is for the Public Health Science conference. The abstract submission deadline is June 20, 2016. After The Lancet peer-review process, participants will be informed of acceptance of abstracts for oral or poster presentation by Aug 25, 2016.

2015 conference programme

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We are delighted to announce the programme for Public Health Science 2015. This year the conference is being held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK on Nov 13, 2015.

Online booking now open: Please follow this link to HG3 Conferences where you can book your place.

Draft Programme

08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome and introduction to the day

Richard Horton, The Lancet
Rob Aldridge, University College London



Creativity and innovation in public health science

Chairs: Richard Horton & Serena Luchenski 

A risk calculator for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in London, UK, Oliver Dukes

Sleep duration and risk markers for type 2 diabetes: a cross-sectional study in children aged 9–10 years, Alicja Rudnicka

How the local built environment affects physical activity behaviour in older adults in the UK: a cross-sectional analysis linked to two national cohorts, Richard Silverworth

Trends in absolute and relative risk of acute myocardial infarction in people with type 2 diabetes in Scotland: a national retrospective cohort study, Stephanie Read

Surviving cancer: pilot of a web-based self-management support programme, eHOPE, Becky Whiteman

10.30 Tea and coffee
11.00 New methodological approaches to public health science

Chairs: Anne Johnson  & Louise Hurst

Does active commuting protect against obesity in mid-life? Evidence from UK Biobank, Ellen Flint

Lessons from comparing narrative synthesis and meta-analysis in a systematic review, G.J. Melendez-Torres

Assessing changes in the burden of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in the context of widespread opportunistic chlamydia screening: Application of a novel Pgp3 antibody assay to a series of nationally-representative household surveys in England (1994-2012), Sarah Charlotte Woodhall

Linkage of population-level administrative hospital data to evaluate maternal influences on infant and child health, Ruth Gilbert

Development of an open source tool for mapping disease clusters, Catherine Smith

12.30 Lunch and chaired poster viewing
14.00 Keynote Speeches:

Rockefeller Foundation / Lancet Commission on planetary health – the challenges for public health science by Prof Sir Andy Haines, LSHTM

Health of the public in 2040: identifying the main health challenges the UK population will face by 2040, and the opportunities to address them by Prof Dame Anne Johnson, UCL.

Chair: Simon Capewell

15.00 Tea, coffee and poster viewing
15.30 Implementing public health science in policy and practice

Chairs: Klim McPherson & Bethan Davies

A primary care pedometer-based walking intervention with and without practice nurse support in 45-75 year olds: PACE-UP (Pedometer And Consultation Evaluation) cluster randomised controlled trial, Tess Harris

Variation in patient experience between General Practice contract types: multilevel analysis of a national cross-sectional survey, Anthony Laverty

Addressing alcohol harms by removing cheap, super-strength beer and cider: a qualitative study of a local alcohol availability intervention, Elizabeth Tyner McGill

Cost-effectiveness and cost of an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programme for high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM) in England: results of a static decision analytical model, Koh Jun Ong

A mixed methods study on the prioritisation of cancer and access to cancer drugs: the Cancer Drugs Fund in England, Charlotte Chamberlain

17.00 Closing remarks
Richard Horton, The Lancet  

Poster presentations 2015

Early Career Researcher Group 1                                  

  1. Mobile phone-based intervention for promoting adherence of tuberculosis treatment: a systematic review and Meta-analysis. Chen Shanquan
  2. Vaccination information in public libraries: Results of a catalogue search of the London Libraries Consortium. Dilshad Marikar
  3. Emergency hormonal contraception and body weight: analysis of data from the Health Survey for England 2010. Sarah Woodhall
  4. Characterising the Alcohol Harm Paradox: A population based survey of adults in England. Emma Beard
  5. Association between ethnic minority status at school and bullying and mental health outcomes in early adolescents: cross-sectional analysis of data from the INCLUSIVE study. Leo Bevilacqua

Early Career Researcher Group 2

  1. “Sit Less ScHARR!”: A feasibility study looking at the development, implementation and evaluation of a pilot workplace intervention to reduce sitting amongst staff in a UK university department. Kelly Mackenzie
  2. An investigation of the relationship between perceived exercise capability and childhood obesity: A prospective cohort study. Michael Taylor
  3. A prospective cohort feasibility study investigating effectiveness of a weight-management camp followed by weekly after-school lifestyle education sessions as an obesity intervention for Qatari children. Michael Taylor
  4. Does food portion size differ by level of household income? A cross sectional study using the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008/2011. Nisreen Alwan
  5. Social cohesion, neighbourhood resilience and health: evidence from New Deals for Community study. Vladimir Gordee

Early Career Researcher Group 3

  1. Interpreting ‘community’ within the context of a ‘community’-based regeneration initiative – a qualitative case study. Joanna Reynolds
  2. Frequent attendances to NHS GP-led urgent care centres in London – How many and whom? An observational study. Geva Greenfield
  3. Time trends in hospital admissions for violent, self-inflicted and drug/alcohol-related injury for adolescents in England and Scotland, 2005-2011. Annie Herbert
  4. Reporting guidelines for population health and policy interventions: TIDieR-PHP. Vittal Katikireddi
  5. Associations between GP experience and health outcomes among English adolescents: cross-sectional study of national data. Arrash Yassaee

New Methods

  1. An embedded realist synthesis of what works, for whom, how and in what circumstances to reduce repeat pregnancies in adolescence. Joanna Charles
  2. Understanding area-based community empowerment initiatives as “events in systems” and the implications for evaluating their potential to impact on health inequalities. Emma Halliday
  3. The cost effectiveness of an internet and computer training intervention to improve older people’s independence and mental wellbeing. Lesley Owen
  4. Effects of visual adaptation on perception of and satisfaction with own body size: two randomised studies. Helen Bould
  5. Measuring the contributions of prevention and treatment of illness to changing life expectancy using ‘Avoidable Mortality’: how to deal with new diseases. Ilias Goranitis

Health Protection

  1. Factors influencing uptake of childhood vaccination in the United Kingdom: a thematic synthesis. Alice Forster
  2. Can outbreak research be achieved in a population with impaired capacity? Lessons from a study of scabies outbreaks in residential care. Stefania Lanza
  3. Is the current evidence about costs for outcomes associated with chlamydia sufficiently robust for evaluation of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme? A critique of the evidence from an English perspective. Koh Jun Ong
  4. Video Observed Therapy for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis: A Qualitative Study of Patient Perspectives. Philip Windish
  5. Bio-aerosol production by patients with tuberculosis during normal tidal breathing: implications for transmission risk – a cohort study. Fatima Wurie

Sexual and Reproductive Health 

  1. Occurrence of domestic violence in gay and bisexual men attending a sexual health clinic and pilot testing of an educational support intervention for sexual health practitioners. Loraine Bacchus
  2. Evaluation of the Health in Pregnancy Grant policy in Scotland: a natural experiment using routine data from 2004-13. Ruth Dundas
  3. Delay in sexual orientation disclosure to healthcare professionals amongst men who have sex with men in the South-East of England: a qualitative analysis. Tom Nadarzynski
  4. How common are chlamydia related bacteria in early pregnancy and are they associated with miscarriage or preterm birth? Community-based prospective cohort study. Pippa Oakeshott
  5. Qualitative synthesis of young people’s views of sex and relationship education (SRE). Pandora Pound

Smoking and Alcohol

  1. The measurable impact of local alcohol licensing policies on population health. Frank de Vocht
  2. A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH). Emma Giles
  3. Smoking cessation advice delivered to older adults accessing primary care: A qualitative exploration. Lisa Huddlestone
  4. The impact of food insecurity on smoking and quitting behaviours: A survey of food bank clients. Lisa Huddlestone
  5. Perception of the effects of e-cigarettes. Jennie Day

Mental Health

  1. Maternal depression and the risk of injuries in children aged 0-4 years: a population-based cohort study. Ruth Baker
  2. Maternal depression episodes in the 5 years after childbirth among women with antenatal and postnatal depression: a population-based cohort study. Ruth Baker
  3. Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 and risk of later depression in older people: follow-up of participants in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Sungano Chigogora
  4. Area deprivation and generalised anxiety disorder in a British community cohort: findings from the EPIC-Norfolk study. Olivia Remes
  5. Is education a demographic dividend? The role of cognitive reserve on dementia-related cognitive decline: a comparison of six longitudinal studies of ageing. Dorina Cadar

Diet, Weight Management and Other Lifestyle Interventions

  1. Takeaway meal consumption and risk markers for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity in children aged 9-10 years: a cross-sectional study. Angela Donin
  2. An opportunity to reduce cardiovascular and gastric cancer disease burdens and inequalities attributable to dietary salt: IMPACTNCD microsimulation study. Chris Kypridemos
  3. Sugar and artificially sweetened beverage consumption and adiposity changes: national longitudinal study. Anthony Laverty
  4. Lifestyle interventions for obese and overweight pregnant women to improve pregnancy outcome: updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Oteng-Ntim
  5. Teachers as health promoters: a longitudinal study of the effect of a health education curriculum for trainee teachers on their practice in schools. Karen Pickett

Social Determinants of Health

  1. Health and wellbeing of lone parents in welfare to work: a systematic review of qualitative studies. Mhairi Campbell
  2. Dynamic longitudinal associations between social support and cognitive function: a prospective cohort study. Jing Liao
  3. Changes in first entry to out-of-home care from 1992 to 2012 among children in England: analysis of administrative data. Louise Mc Grath-Lone
  4. Developing a framework for identifying and measuring “collective control” as a social determinant of health: Findings from an evaluation of a natural policy experiment in empowerment. Ruth Ponsford
  5. Does education explain the terminal decline in the oldest-old? Evidence from two longitudinal studies of ageing: Newcastle 85+, UK and OCTO-Twin, Sweden. Dorina Cadar 

Population Healthcare

  1. Complications following pelvic organ prolapse surgery: effect of procedure type and the use of mesh, a retrospective cohort study. Rachael Wood
  2. The effect of alpha blocker exposure on cancer specific and overall mortality in prostate cancer patients -a population based cohort study. Beade Numbere
  3. Practitioner-based complementary and alternative therapies in the management of asthma in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Louisa Woollen
  4. Emergency admissions across the transition from paediatric to adult care: cross-sectional analysis of English hospital data. Linda Wijlaars
  5. Service evaluation of a pilot to improve primary care sexual health services in England implemented using a stepped wedge design. Katy Town


  1. Successful ageing trajectories at the end of life: A longitudinal population-based cohort study. Theodore David Cosco
  2. Operational definitions of resilience in ageing: A systematic review. Theodore David Cosco
  3. Facilitators and barriers for recruiting and engaging hard-to-reach older people to health promotion and health-related research: a systematic review. Ann Liljas
  4. Sensory impairments and incident disability in older British community-dwelling men. Ann Liljas
  5. How does our decision to smoke and drink in midlife affect our cognition in later life? Findings from the 1946 British Birth Cohort. Martina Vnukova
  6. Is cancer a good way to die? A population-based survey among older adults in the UK. Charlotte Vrinten

Child and Adolescent Health

  1. Global variations and time trends in the prevalence of childhood myopia, a systematic review: implications for aetiology and early prevention. Alicja Rudnicka
  2. Recalibrating the assessment of overweight-obesity prevalence from body mass index (BMI) in UK children of South Asian and black African origin: cross-sectional study based on recent National Child Measurement Programme data. Peter Whincup
  3. Why do more infants die in the UK than in Sweden? An inter-country comparison of birthweight-specific infant mortality between England & Wales and Sweden. Anna Zylbersztejn
  4. Effectiveness of the statutory health assessment in identifying and treating tobacco dependence among residentially looked-after youth: A one-year retrospective review. Lisa Huddlestone
  5. Operation Smoke Storm: effectiveness of a school-based smoking prevention intervention providing insight into the tobacco industry. Lisa Szatkowski