Friday, 21 July 2017

 

A team of researchers, led by the University of Stirling, has been awarded £3.4 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund to reduce tobacco-related harm in low and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.

 

Led by Professor Linda Bauld, the multi-disciplinary four-year project involves six UK universities from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, eight overseas partners in seven countries and Cancer Research UK.

 

 

With nearly 80% of the world's 1 billion smokers living in low and middle-income countries, the experts hope to bring down smoking rates in developing countries. They aim to conduct research to inform tobacco taxation, tackle the illicit trade in tobacco and target tobacco companies’ efforts to undermine governments’ attempts to reduce smoking.

 

 

Professor Bauld, Director of the Universitys Institute for Social Marketing and Cancer Research UK Cancer Prevention Champion, said: As smoking dwindles to a minority activity in the UK, the number of smokers is still increasing elsewhere. Smoking kills more people every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined. By 2030, its predicted that more than 80% of tobacco-related deaths will occur in low and middle-income countries.

 

 

“The tobacco epidemic was created in the developed world, where smoking rates sky-rocketed in previous decades. It took us many years to work out how to bring them down, through research, advocacy, communicating health risks, and introducing evidence-based policies. This funding will allow us to work with countries that are now at the forefront of efforts to combat the worlds biggest preventable causes of death.”

 

 

The scheme is part of one of the most ambitious international research programmes ever created, with £225 million invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects.


 

The experts will work with researchers the South Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries of India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uganda, Gambia and Ghana to offer training and research support.

They will also partner with local academics to develop and implement approaches to tackling Asian and African nations’ tobacco consumption.

 

 

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK, said: “Smoking causes more preventable cancers worldwide than anything else. This award provides a unique opportunity to bring together CRUKs existing international tobacco control research programme with substantial new investment from RCUK to make a significant contribution to research capacity to prevent cancer sooner in countries where the need is greatest.

 

We are particularly pleased to see a strong focus in the programme on research to address the affordability and availability of tobacco in LMICs, as our own studies and those of our global partners have shown that addressing both supply and demand is crucial if we are to see real reductions in smoking rates.”

 

Full list of research partners:

UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS): Universities of Stirling, Nottingham, York, Edinburgh, Kings College London and Bath.

o Cancer Research UK

o The ARK Foundation, Bangladesh

o Manipal University, India

o The Public Health Foundation of India

o The University of Cape Town, South Africa

o Makerere University, Uganda

o The MRC Unit, The Gambia

o Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

o Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana

 

Additional Information

     More details on each of the 37 grants can be found in the Growing research capability to meet the challenges faced by developing countries brochure.

 

 

     Find out more about the Institute of Social Marketing: www.stir.ac.uk/health- sciences-sport/research/groups/social-marketing.

 

•   Find out more about the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies:

www.ukctas.net/index.html.

 

     Find out more about Cancer Research UKs international tobacco control programme: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/funding-for-researchers/applying- for-funding/funding-committees/international-tobacco-advisory-group


 

•   Find out more about tobacco consumption via the World Health Organisation:

www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/

 

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is ranked fifth in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society.

 

Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirlings research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

 

As Stirling celebrates 50 years, it retains a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation. The Universitys scenic central Scotland campus – complete with a loch, castle and golf course – is home to more than 14,000 students and 1500 staff representing around 120 nationalities. This includes an ever-expanding base for postgraduate study. www.stir.ac.uk

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Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UKs seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrows challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to societys challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UKs research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at www.rcuk.ac.uk.

 

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund that supports cutting-edge research which addresses the global

issues faced by developing countries. It harnesses the expertise of the UKs world-leading

researchers, focusing on: funding challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;

strengthening capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange; and providing an

agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. It forms part of UK

Governments Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is overseen by the

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through 17

delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the UK Space Agency

and funding bodies.


 

 

 

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is able to offer a number of free registrations to community volunteers or individuals affected by lung disease. Individuals from low- and middle-income countries will be given priority, as will those who are presenting at the conference, including those presenting in the community space.

The deadline for applications is 4 August 2017. Find out more details and apply online

WCTOH will be held from 7-9 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa with the theme ‘Uniting the World for a Tobacco Free Generation’. Held every three years, this international tobacco control conference brings together researchers, policy makers, NGOs, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

Submit a session now

Abstracts and symposia are the focal point for the uniting work of this conference. The science, research, policy making and expertise is the foundation which strengthens our tobacco control alliances. Submissions are open until 21 July.

Read the abstract guidelines and session guidelines on our website.
Submit abstracts and sessions
Register for the conference

With funding from the Ugandan Academy of Health Innovation and Impact, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) is implementing the 3TC/TDF PrEP Adherence Study, which will evaluate the uptake, adherence and effectiveness of 3TC/TDF pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a bridge to antiretroviral therapy in HIV serodiscordant couples.

The study is being conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The department seeks suitable persons to fill the following positions. Successful candidates will be hired on a contract basis.

 

Position: Clinical Officer/Study Coordinator

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Overall coordination of various study functions including recruitment and retention, clinic, pharmacy, data management, and the clinic-laboratory interface.
  • Assists investigators with implementation of the study protocol, planning and problem-solving.
  • Leads the clinical team in implementing study procedures, performs clinical examinations, prescribes medications and makes referrals to other agencies for acute medical conditions not covered by this research study.
  • Supervises staff and ensures that they achieve the aims and objectives of the study as indicated in the protocol.
  • Completes case review forms, source documents and ensures integrity of study data through QA/QC activities/procedures.
  • Ensures participants receive appropriate care, medical evaluations and alerts the PIs and sponsors of any serious adverse events.
  • Coordinates contractual arrangements between the study and collaborating partners e.g. outside labs and HIV care organizations. Oversight of community outreach activities and liaison with Community Advisory Board.
  • Ensures timely IRB submissions and correspondence.
  • Submits progress and performance reports to Principal Investigators and sponsors.
  • Contributes to the writing of scientific articles.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Diploma in clinical medicine.

-        Valid practice licence.

-        Experience with HIV treatment and prevention.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Experience with counseling HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position: Administrator

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • General office administration.
  • Human resource management.
  • Provides proper audit trail for study funds and expenditures.
  • Management of study logistics & facilities.
  • Coordinates communications with regulatory bodies (IRB, UNCST, NDA, MOH etc.).
  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of project contracts and MOUs.
  • Coordinates project communication: meetings, minutes, email etc.
  • Acts as the main administrative interface with the sponsor and funder.
  • Supervision of study support staff.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Bachelor’s degree in health sciences or humanities.

-        At least 2 years of clinical trials experience.

-        Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.

-        Prior experience working with research regulatory requirements including communications/interactions with regulatory bodies (IRB, UNCST, NDA, and MOH).

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

-        Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

Position: Nurse Counselor/Clinic Manager

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Plans and organizes day to day running of the study clinic.
  • Oversight of counseling, informed consent, clinic procedures and collection of study specimens.
  • Participates in maintaining records, making reports, providing support services to the study participants.
  • Ensures availability of clinic supplies/stores.
  • Performs QA/QC to ensure completeness of source documents and integrity of study data.
  • Performs other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Registered nurse or midwife.

-        Valid general practice licence from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Experience with counseling of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position: Community Outreach Manager/Nurse Counselor

Reports to: Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Organizes and implement study recruitment & retention activities.
  • Field mobilization of study participants.
  • Coordinate recruitment of study participants with collaborating partner organizations.
  • Develop study related information, communication and education (IEC) materials.
  • Participate in study clinic activities including counseling and other activities as needed. 
  • Conduct participant home visits to enhance recruitment & retention.
  • Flexibility working after hours and on weekends.
  • Responsible for other activities as may be assigned from time to time

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Registered nurse or midwife.

-        Valid general practice licence from Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience, particularly recruitment and retention of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Experience with counseling of HIV serodiscordant couples.

-        Ability to productively work with multiple referral partners

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

-        Valid driving permit code A (licenced to ride a motorcycle).

 

Position:  Data Manager

Reports to:  Principal Investigator

Job description:

  • Design, implement and maintain study data bases and back-up/recovery systems.
  • Transmit study data by email, data fax or any other appropriate or prescribed method.
  • Ensure data integrity by coordinating QA/QC.
  • Maintain IT equipment and data archives.
  • Generate reports.
  • Perform other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

 

Qualifications and required skills:

-        BSc in computer science or information technology.

-        At least 2 years of PrEP clinical trial experience.

-        Familiarity with data collection using REDCap.

-        Experience with longitudinal database management.

-        Data quality assurance and quality control for longitudinal studies.

-        Design and manage participant tracking and scheduling systems.

-        Digital files storage/archiving.

-        Systems and equipment maintenance.

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position:  Receptionist/Study Courier

Reports to: Administrator

Job description:

  • Manage the front desk/reception.
  • Assist study participants navigate the clinic.
  • Retrieval of study documents.
  • Assist with participant recruitment and retention
  • Scheduling of study visit dates.
  • Participant reimbursement.
  • Specimen transport to laboratories at Makerere and delivery of laboratory results to clinic.
  • Participate in other activities as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and required skills:

-        Good customer care skills.

-        Excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Luganda.

-        Familiarity with computerized participant scheduling systems.

-        Valid driving permit code A (licenced to ride a motorcycle).

-        Possession of a certificate in good clinical practice/human subjects protection is a key added advantage.

 

Position:  Facilities Assistant

Reports to: Administrator

Job description:

  • Facility cleanliness and general organization.
  • Liaises with administrator & security guards regarding security of the premises/facility.
  • Run office errands.
  • Conduct other assignments as instructed by study leadership.

 

The following information applies for all positions:

Screening process: Candidates are expected to go through rigorous recruitment processes based on document review and interview as appropriate.

Duration and condition of Employment: 12 months. 

How to apply: Qualified applicants should submit their applications with a cover letter specifying position applied for, cover letter, CV and credentials (degree, transcript, other relevant documents). These should be addressed/submitted to: The Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, Mulago National Referral Hospital Complex.

NB: Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline: Thursday 11th May 2017 4pm (1600hrs).

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