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Post-Doctoral opportunities in Malaysia

Two excellent Post-Doctoral opportunities for travel and work in the field of Public Health have become available in Malaysia.  The two projects are joint ventures involving Queen's University Belfast and the University of Malaya.

Not only will the projects forge stronger links between the two institutions, but the research will greatly improve knowledge and understanding of adolescent health and cancer survivorship, currently two hot topics in Public Health research.

The successful candidates will be based in the Centre for Population Health (CePH), Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpar.

These positions offer a fantastic opportunity for newly qualified Doctorates to gain the experience required to form the basis for a successful career in Pubic Health or for current Post-Doctoral researchers who want to freshen up their research career or who seek a new challenge.

Please follow the links below for further details and contact information:


Cancer survivorship position



Adolescent health position





The long term effects of cancer on the wellbeing of both patients and caregivers. Dr Santin investigates

A group of health services researchers in the Centre for Public Health, QUB is undertaking a survey about the health and wellbeing of people (patients and their caregivers) who have been affected by cancer. The survey is being conducted on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Information will be gathered on the long term effects of cancer through the use of an online questionnaire and via a GP-administered postal survey. In particular, the survey will cover the impact of living with cancer on physical and mental health, care needs and service utilisation. The survey will become available online in November. Further details can be found at: www.chi.qub.ac.uk or by contacting Olinda Santin (Macmillan Research Fellow) on 0289063366 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The results of the survey will be used to plan and provide services for people affected by cancer and their families.

Dr Santin

This study has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support

Publication success for the connected healthcare team

The research team of Professor James McElnay, Professor Carmel Hughes and CHI research fellow Dr Paul Barr have had their first success, with the publication of a review of connected healthcare in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.  With a 24 hour turnaround time from paper submission to acceptance, connected healthcare is clearly a hot topic at the moment in the health service.  The paper can be found via the link below


CHI research fellow, Dr McAneney, receives MRC Methodology Fellowship


In April 2010, Dr Helen McAneney was awarded a 4 year MRC Methodology Fellowship, held jointly within the Centre of Excellence for Public Health and the Institute of Child Care Research, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work


The research will investigate the effect that the social networks within a school environment have on adolescent risk-taking behaviours by looking at the self-reported levels of alcohol, tobacco and drug use as well as the evolving social networks the young people are embedded in.


This study will use a number of different research methods including longitudinal network analysis and agent-based modelling to provide a clearer understanding about the effects of social networks on substance misuse and to enhance public health interventions.