On Thursday 14th April, the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) organised a workshop called Refining research ideas and funding applications.
Held in Staffordshire University’s Ashley Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, the purpose of the event was to refine topics and questions for research, and discuss sources of funding.
Over 50 enthusiastic delegates spent much of the afternoon debating research questions and plans on four areas:
1. Community development for health promotion
2. Behaviour change using technology
3. Frail elderly
4. Mental health promotion
Dr Nigel Thomas, Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences introduced the event, giving an overview of the Centre and its work areas.
By the end of the workshop, four possible studies had been outlined, and further work will take place to develop them. Everyone involved in the discussions was invited to continue their involvement in these studies.
Professor Tony Stewart, CHAD’s Academic Director said “It was excellent to see so many people from such a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines coming together to help make these studies happen. They are projects that will really have the potential to make a real difference to peoples’ lives, which is what CHAD is all about”.