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OxINMAHR Health Research Seminars

The OxINMAHR runs a series of lunchtime and evening seminars which are open to all research-active staff, Doctoral students and external research partners. The seminars are to bring together the research community to present research, discuss methodological problems, forecast local and national resources, and explore current issues in academic research.

If you would like to suggest a topic or have any queries related to the seminar programme, please contact Dr Olga Kozlowska

Past events

OxINMAHR end of year review

Prof. Paul Carding and members of the Institute discussed the OxINMAHR annual report. 

Convened on: Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Open research and using DoRA principles to assess our research

Convened on: 07 July 2021

REF 2021 UoA3 Highlights and Lessons Learnt

Research transparency

Convened on: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Research opportunities in the post-Covid19 world

Chair: Professor Paul Carding, Director OxINMAHR

Panel members: Dr Sophie Hyndman (Deputy Director & Senior Research Adviser, NIHR Research Design Service South Central), Prof. Eila Watson (Professor in Supportive Cancer Care, OBU), Prof. David Evans (Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange, OBU)

Lessons learnt

From the vantage point of eight months or so into the UK’s experience of Covid-19 the panel were able to share with us their insight of its current and possible future impact upon seeking research funding.

Dr Sophie Hyndman presented a mainly positive appraisal of the situation following the tranche of funding from UKRI and DHSC for Covid-19 related research. Following early Covid-19 research initiatives, the focus for funding is now likely to be on topics such as ‘Long-Covid’. The hope is that the more expedient administrative processes experienced recently will be here to stay. Pre-Covid research agendas are still in place and proceeding, following delayed deadlines (good for some!).

Prof. David Evans sought to bring some balance to the discussion by reminding us of imminent problems including Brexit (e.g. uncertainty about ‘Horizon Europe’), the impact of the reduced income of charities and the economy in general and hence future research funding and capability (e.g. including cost of study extensions). Research collaborations and national networks (including, but wider than the OxCam ARC) will be even more worthwhile due to the focus the pandemic has brought upon health disparities, making ‘place’ a significant feature of potential research plans.

Prof. Eila Watson reiterated the points made above and especially the significant impact upon the income of CRUK, potentially affecting cancer research for many years to come. In terms of making applications for funding she emphasised the importance of working ‘smart’ – ensuring good practices are clearly described e.g. PPI. Eila observed that research teams can work across topics using the methodological skills they have and should be proactively looking broadly.

‘Place’ was discussed further by the panel and the work that is already done to increase generalisability of OBU based research. The increased use of technology due to Covid-19 has made broader recruitment much more attainable.

Prof. Paul Carding then brought the panel’s attention to the need for more research in Social Care. He observed that a definition of what we mean by Social Care is first needed; with suggestions of that delivered in care homes (a disparate potential research setting, unlike the NHS), care of people with learning disabilities and non-paid care in people’s homes. He noted that the focus for the government seems to be to keep people out of hospitals and enable people to do well at home. Research teams need to recognise where they have expertise relevant to Social Care (very likely to be in many areas at OBU) and be ready to respond to funding calls.

Time allowed for one question from the audience: Have we learnt better ways of doing research since Covid-19? The panel shared reflections on new recruitment methods and cost savings set against the difficulties of team working virtually.

Summarised by

Sara Matthews, MPhil/PhD student, Supportive Cancer Care, School of Nursing and Midwifery, OxINMAHR

Experiences of working with external partners in research

Panel discussion: on experiences of working with external partners

Chair: Prof. Jane Appleton

Panel members: Dr Shelly Coe, Prof. Helen Dawes, Dr Peter Wright, Dr Shakeeb Moosavi

The questions discussed by the panelists included:

  • Why are external research partnerships important (and are there e.g.s where they are not)?
  • How did you go about building the partnerships that have been successful for you?
  • What are the ingredients of a successful research partnership in your experience?
  • How do you sustain a successful partnership?
  • What is your advice to someone who has a good research idea but wants to find a good research partner?

Principles of heart rate variability (HRV) and its practical application

The content will cover different aspects of heart rate variability from what HRV is, technical differences in technology, IBI vs. RR/plethysmography vs. ECG. The measurement of HRV including the requirement for normal sinus rhythm, beat and arrhythmia analysis and time domain and frequency domain will also be addressed. This will be translated into the relevance of HRV latency and the so called “ Fire of Life”. Conclusions will be drawn form this for the practical application in sleep and recovery monitoring and diagnostics.

The Presenter

Simon Dickinson – is the Director of SMART Medical Ltd. and has over 30 years of experience in ECG diagnostics and the development of medical electronic diagnostic equipment in critical care, anaesthesia and haemodynamic monitoring. SMART Medical since 2002 have served the UK research market with innovative cardiovascular products including ambulatory ECG monitoring and HRV, developing the current research standard as used in most CV BRU's.

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Vygotsky's unfinished legacy: Using sociocultural theory and CHAT in your research

What can we learn from a Russian scholar who in spite of early death through TB at the age of 37 years in 1934 left a legacy derived from a background in medicine, law, the arts, and cultural psychology? This seminar focused on unique ideas that Vygotsky and his colleagues offers to deal with the topic of human development in a range of settings and have inspired Western researchers to develop frameworks of sociocultural theory and cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). Application of the ideas drawn upon has relevance to include child development, the emergence of practitioner expertise in health and education, long-term conditions and digital health. 

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A pre-test, post-test design study to evaluate an E-learning tool for midwives' visual blood loss estimations during waterbirth

Convened on: Wednesday, 05 February 2020

What is your publication strategy – a panel discussion

OxINMAHR and NIHR non-medic opportunities

Convened on: Friday, 10 January 2020