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Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, brings together the five North East Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside in a unique collaboration to deliver world-class research to improve health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities.

A founding member of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).

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NIHR Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF)

Second annual call now launched

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Exciting new opportunities in the North East

Exploring the public health impact of COVID-19 on the food takeaway landscape

Relaxed measures which made it easier for businesses to trade as takeaways during the COVID-19 pandemic did provide vital support, but also led to issues around food hygiene and waste, new research has found.

Research shows the impact of Council's blanket ban on new takeaways

Gateshead Council has taken a blanket ban approach to new applications for fast food takeaways, to improve health and tackle childhood obesity.

Part-time work can be a game changer for families and organisations

Two Fuse academics at Teesside University have shared their personal experience of working part-time while forging a successful academic career in a new book.

Mental health in North England disproportionately affected during the pandemic

A new report shows that a parallel pandemic of mental ill health has hit the North of England with a £2bn cost to the country at the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic.

New study to tackle barriers to early cancer diagnosis

Researchers are working with members of the Black community to develop and run workshops to raise awareness of prostate cancer risk and encourage men to get help early.

Fuse funds film to share impact of Book giving expert advice to help poorly kids

Fuse is delighted to have awarded funding to help disseminate research looking at people's experiences of using ‘The Little Orange Book’ (LOB) which provides expert advice on helping babies and young children when they are poorly.

How do socioeconomic inequalities affect health in pregnancy?

Discover how a Fuse collaboration between Newcastle University and Public Health Wales has helped to determine how socioeconomic inequalities affect health in pregnancy.

Tobacco is killing us and our planet

Smoking kills. But on World No Tobacco Day 2022 (May 31) North East campaigners are warning that tobacco and tobacco companies are killing the planet and harming the beaches and environment in the region.

Planning for a healthier future?

A new book by a Fuse expert at Newcastle University looks at how where we live influences our health – for better and for worse.

Register now for the 5th Fuse International Conference

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of our discounted rates for the Conference themed “Learning from Setbacks and Successes”.

Placing clinical psychologists in GP practices to support mental health

A project supported by Fuse will see clinical psychologists employed within general practices serving disadvantaged communities in North East England, in order to improve care.

Understanding food insecurity in adults with severe mental illness

Fuse is collaborating on a new study, which is the first of its kind in the UK, to learn more about adults living with food insecurity and Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in Northern England.

Public health experts call for action on junk food advert loophole

Research into the way junk food is advertised on bus shelters has revealed a major loophole, which Fuse public health experts say needs tightening.

Fuse academic appointed new NIHR Senior Investigator

Professor Clare Bambra has been named among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Fuse programme lead awarded Professorship

Congratulations to Fuse research lead Sheena Ramsay who has been awarded a Personal Chair at Newcastle University as a Professor in Public Health & Epidemiology.

Junk food ad restrictions linked to reducing high fat, salt & sugar purchases

A ban on outdoor advertising of junk food shown to have success in London could also be used to tackle diet-related-diseases in the North East.

Comment: Science, and the art of communication

In the latest Fuse blog post Louis Goffe, Research Associate, NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, explores vaccine misinformation, the infodemic, involving the public and advocacy.

Public health experts urge government to put health at centre of levelling up

Researchers have published practical guidance on how to reduce health inequalities to put health needs at the heart of the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Report paints a stark picture of inequality for children in the North

A major new report out today paints a stark picture of inequality for children growing up in the North of England post-pandemic compared to those in the rest of the country.

New film explores the impacts of COVID-19 on young people

Young people from North East England have co-created a new film exploring their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you have a local government initiative in need of research and evaluation?

The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting expressions of interest from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation.

Study to understand hesitance in accepting vaccine

New research that aimed to understand why people were reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has found that more people would get vaccinated if they thought the virus posed a significant risk to them.

Fellowship to boost research into health impact of ads

One of Middlesbrough’s leading health experts has secured funding with the support of Fuse to develop his research on the impact of advertising on public wellbeing.

Comment: COVID smell loss can have profound effects on your life

Writing for The Conversation, Fuse Associates Dr Duika Burges Watson and Professor Vincent Deary discuss how COVID smell loss can have profound effects on life, from weight change to intimacy barriers.

Fuse named in £25 million funded School for Public Health Research refresh

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has today announced that Fuse will be a member of a prestigious collaboration bringing together England’s leading public health research expertise.

Cuts to Sure Start spending linked to increased childhood obesity

Spending cuts to Sure Start Children’s Centres taking place since 2010 are associated with increased prevalence of obesity at school reception, Fuse co-authored research has found.

The Sound of Sirens

In his third Fuse blog post about the pandemic, John Mooney, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Grampian, calls for a cautious approach on the easing of restrictions.

Find the gap: where is the healthy, enjoyable human body in policy?

Could a focus on fun, exploration and creativity in local strategy make for a greener and more active environment?

(Re)taking liberties: Reclaiming positive freedom as a public health argument

In the latest Fuse blog post Jack Nicholls, Lecturer in Social Work at Northumbria University explores philosophy, lockdown and liberty ahead of so called 'Freedom Day' in England.

Historic reforms needed to build a better food system to improve national health

The National Food Strategy today called on the Government to commit to a historic package of reforms to build a better food system for a healthier nation.

Intersectionality: buzzword or key to tackling health inequalities?

Intersectionality arguably holds great potential to understand and tackle health inequalities. But what do researchers and those working in policy and practice in this area actually think about the approach?

When, what and how to engage and disseminate research evidence during a pandemic

In this blog, we share lessons from working with local authorities on the development of action learning sets (bringing people together to reflect on research evidence) when they are faced with the many challenges of COVID-19.

Knowledge hub capturing the consequences of COVID-19 marks first anniversary

One year on, C-WorKS remains an established and constant source of information to find answers and support.

North East campaigners call for minimum unit price for alcohol in England

Following a record year in 2020 for alcohol deaths, campaigners are calling on the Government to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol in England, as a new study shows that the policy is having a lasting impact.

Minimum Unit Price of 50p on alcohol has positive lasting impact

A new study has shown that a ‘50p per unit’ policy on alcohol prices in Scotland is having a lasting impact on reducing consumption in some of the heaviest-drinking households.

Virtual symposium on planning and obesity

Fuse researchers joined Public Health England (PHE) in an event to support efforts to tackle obesity through the planning system.

Public Health Intelligence Analyst (Apprentice): North East and Yorkshire

As a Public Health Analyst, you will be part of a dynamic team responsible for delivering an effective Health Intelligence service supporting public health delivery in a specific area of England.

UK Public Health Science conference 2021: Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for Public Health Science: A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in UK Public Health, to be held as a virtual conference on November 26, 2021.

Assessing the impact of Universal Credit on mental health and wellbeing

Academics from Fuse are part of UK-wide team that will be the first to comprehensively evaluate the impacts and costs of Universal Credit on mental health and health inequalities.

Do you have a local government initiative in need of research and evaluation?

The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme is accepting expressions of interest from Local Authorities that have initiatives in need of research and evaluation.

Teenagers’ diaries describe how they are dealing with COVID-19

Young people have shared personal diaries of their experiences around COVID-19, as part of an in-depth study to assess the wider social impacts of the virus on children and young people from North East England.

NIHR SPHR Summer Internships in Public Health Research 2021

Fuse is offering six exciting opportunities through this year's NIHR School for Public health Research (SPHR) summer internship scheme.

How Universal Credit research inspired theatre production 'Credit'

New film looks behind the scenes of 'Credit', a play based on stories and experiences of people living on Universal Credit which builds on research commissioned by Gateshead Council in partnership with Fuse.

NIHR School for Public Health Research - Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

Registration now open for the NIHR SPHR seventh Annual Scientific Meeting

NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria - Open Funding Competition 2021

NIHR NENC ARC announce the launch of their Open Funding Competition for 2021.

Placement, parcels and a pandemic: five weeks embedded in a public health team

In today's Fuse blog Maisie Rowland, Research Assistant from Newcastle University, shares her experience as an embedded researcher at Newcastle City Council, working with food banks and the impact of Covid-19.

Is targeting lifestyle behaviour the right approach to preventing child obesity?

An analysis of interventions for preventing obesity in children has revealed a strong bias towards interventions that aim to change individual "lifestyle" behaviours.

Bringing the voice of lived experience & community learning into research

In today's Fuse blog Angela Broadbridge shares the learning from her time at Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead building collaborative relationships with Fuse to bring the voice of lived experience and community learning into research.

Expanding welfare benefits improves mental health

Austerity-style reductions to welfare benefits have detrimental effects on mental health, particularly for more vulnerable groups in society who are also most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NIHR NENC CRN Strategic Funding Call to meet local priority health needs

NENC CRN has now launched its 'targeting health needs' bidding process

New fellowship opportunities for individuals working in local authorities

The NIHR Academy has launched a pilot pre-doctoral fellowship scheme for those working in local authorities and local authority supporting services.

Understanding high death rates of people with multiple and complex needs

Many people experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, mental ill health, and repeat offending die early because they become desensitised to death through suffering vast loss and lack of hope, new research has revealed.

Now that's what I call blogging 2020: the Covid edition

It will come as no surprise that our chart of the five most-read posts on the Fuse Open Science Blog is dominated by one topic: COVID-19. But who took the Number 1 spot?

Watch competition winner Fuse PhD student share her research in 3 minutes

Congratulations to PhD researcher Cassey Muir, who won the School for Public Health Research (SPHR) 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

NIHR Pre-doctoral and Doctoral fellowships in 2021

Notifications are now on the NIHR website of their intention to offer pre-doctoral and doctoral fellowships in 2021 to individuals based within local authorities and LA commissioned services.

North's health and economy hit hardest by COVID-19

The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country during COVID-19 and this has increased inequality in England, a new report co-authored by a Fuse academic has revealed.

Funding boost to tackle England’s North-South health divide

Fuse Senior Investigator Professor Clare Bambra has been awarded just over £900,000 to investigate regional health inequalities in North and South England.

Call for financial support during wait for first Universal Credit payment

Evidence given by a Fuse academic has been cited in a report calling on the Government to provide financial support to people waiting for their first Universal Credit payment.

Green Infrastructure for Community Wellbeing

Are you interested in the development and maintenance of natural environments and their contribution to urban health, focussed on Newcastle and Gateshead?

New national scheme to provide rapid research evidence to Local Authorities

A UK wide collaboration, led by Fuse, has been awarded prestigious funding to pilot a new national scheme that will enable Local Authorities to rapidly evaluate work aiming to improve health and tackle inequalities in their areas.

Play based on research into the impact of the benefits system

A new play based on ground-breaking research into Universal Credit aims to help people understand the impact of the latest and biggest change to the benefits system.

Frustration at lack of action on energy drink sales to children

Following the launch of the Government’s strategy for obesity today, Fuse and the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have expressed frustration at the lack of action on energy drink sales to children.

Green and inclusive growth strategies can support our recovery from Covid-19

Fuse senior investigator Professor Clare Bambra has emphasised the importance of pursuing green, inclusive growth strategies and avoiding austerity measures, to stop deepening the country’s already significant health inequalities.

Academic gives evidence about Universal Credit before Commons Select Committee

A Fuse academic has addressed a House of Commons Select Committee on the impact of Universal Credit and the problems that claimants experience during the wait for a first payment.

New knowledge hub launched to capture the consequences of COVID-19

C-WorKS is an exciting new hub to support the collation and sharing of knowledge and intelligence across the North East and Yorkshire about the impacts of COVID-19, and the response to this, on non-COVID related disease and death.

Improving the health and wellbeing of disabled people in times of crisis

Members of the Fuse Health Inequalities research programme from Durham University are working with two disability charities to create physical activity resources to improve disabled people’s health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing of Healthcare and Hospital Workers During and After the CV-19 Pandemic

Study recruitment call for all staff working in a UK hospital

Loss of smell and taste added to COVID-19 symptoms

Loss of smell and taste has officially been recognised in the UK as a symptom of COVID-19, putting us in line with Europe, America and the World Health Organisation.

Fuse International Conference postponed to 2021

It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce the postponement of the 5th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Food insecurity in your area during the COVID-19 crisis - questionnaire

The Food Foundation is working at national level to help ensure that food insecurity is tackled during the COVID-19 crisis.

ENUF conference - late call for abstracts

Late breaking call for abstracts: Food insecurity since the COVID-19 crisis in the UK

Fuse experts join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

People who have recently experienced loss of smell are being urged to participate in a survey as a new global research group investigates the symptom as a marker of COVID-19.

Invitation to tender for Evidence Review into homelessness in Newcastle

To conduct elements of an Evidence Review into homelessness in Newcastle

SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and alcohol consumption

The aim of this pan-European survey is to link alcohol intake to experiences regarding the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Physical Activity Behaviour during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on physical activity behaviour of people in the North East England.

Tackling alcohol misuse leads to President’s prize

Fuse Associate John Mooney has been awarded a prestigious President’s Medal by The Faculty of Public Health (FPH), an organisation of up to 4,000 public health professionals across the UK and around the world.

Registration open for the Fuse International Conference 2020

Fourth keynote speaker confirmed and programme announced for the 5th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

New NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Director appointed

Professor Brian Ferguson has been appointed as the new NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme Director.

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19

Proposals are invited for short term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Outbreak Parliamentary Expert Database

We are encouraging academics with relevant research expertise to sign up to a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

Former health adviser to the London Mayor confirmed to speak at Fuse conference

National consultant Helen Walters will share her experience, insights and work to bring together public health practice and research in a keynote for the Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

Fuse professor highlighted in national power list

A Fuse academic whose research and campaigns are driven by a desire to improve the health of the public has been included in a prestigious national power list.

New guidance on using planning powers to promote healthy active environments

Fuse research has been used to inform new national guidance supporting local authorities to use planning powers to improve health and reduce inequalities in their communities.

NIHR ARC NENC Open Funding Competition 2020

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East & North Cumbria is pleased to invite original and high quality research proposals focused upon regional health and care priorities.

Submit your abstracts for the Fuse Knowledge Exchange conference 2020

Fuse is delighted to announce that the call for abstracts is now open for the International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.

The Big Issue names Fuse Associate as one of the UK's Top 100 Changemakers

Professor Greta Defeyter from Northumbria University has been listed as one of The Big Issue's Top 100 Changemakers for 2020 for her research work making a positive impact on society.

Baby sleep expertise leads to new bedsharing advice

Research by baby sleep experts at Durham University has led to new international guidance on bedsharing.

International research trip leads to further collaboration

Fuse welcomed an internationally-renowned professor to look at ways in which science and policy can come together to affect change.

Now that's what I call blogging 2019

In what was another great year for the Fuse blog you may not have had the opportunity to read all 40 posts, so we've picked out the Top 5 ‘bestsellers’.