UKCTAS Early Career Researcher Day – 13/07/2016

Within UKCTAS we have a large number of researchers who are in the early stages of their career. One of the main objectives of the centre is to engage, recruit, train and develop new researchers. It is for this reason that the ECR group meet a few times every year to discuss the work of individual researchers in alcohol, tobacco and e-cigarette research.

The most recent meeting on the 13th July 2016 was a great success, with updates from individuals and information for academics who’re looking to forward their career in this area of research.

Firstly, we had presentations by Amy Fuller (Nottingham), Jay Duckworth (Liverpool) and David Troy (Bristol) updating us on the work happening at their institutions.

Current studies include:

  • National Institute for Health research funded ‘Hospital to Homes’ trial to help smokers remain abstinent following leaving hospital.
  • Evaluation of tobacco control policy, through a DH Policy Research Programme funded grant and a Cancer Research UK fellowship, both recently awarded.
  • Cancer Research UK funded evaluation of e-cigarette users and shop services in the East Midlands.
  • PhD work includes
    – assessing the implementation of tobacco dependent treatment policies internationally
    – assessing an anti-tobacco intervention within child residential homes for children
    – exploring patterns and perceptions of university student drinking
    – assessing the hazardous effects of alcohol on cancer
    – epidemiology of alcohol use

A new Peer Support Group will be established in September 2016, which will support and advise PhD students and junior researchers.
More information-

This group specialises in the psychological basis of alcohol use.
Recently completed and published work includes:

  • assessing whether attentional bias is clinically relevant and, if so, how best to measure it
  • assessing whether brief personalised interventions help cut alcohol intake in students
  • how we can effectively train peoples’ behaviour and even cognitive biases in order to help them cut down on harmful behaviours such as excessive alcohol use.

More information –

This group are conducting the following work:

  • investigating the effects of glass shape on liquid volume requirements – findings show that users are underestimating volumes in curved glasses as opposed to straight glasses
  • investigating the effect of accurate volume information on alcohol consumption
  • investigating the effect of nucleation (where gaseous substances such as CO2 are released) on the drinking experience of lager – findings show that greater gaseous release appears to make the drink more physically appealing
  • conducting eye tracking experiment to measure attention to health warnings after changing the features of these warnings.
  • looking at the impact of unit & calorie labelling on alcohol consumption, craving & drink enjoyment.

More information –

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