Alder Hey Children's Hospital - http://www.alderhey.com/
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust has been an affiliate member of the IHR since August 2008.
Professor Fiona Irvine, Professor Janet Krska, Professor Marilyn James, Dr Liz Stokes and Dr Charles Morecroft have been working in collaboration with Andrew Curran from Alder Hey to evaluate the role of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse.
International Centre for Digital Content (ICDC) - www.icdc.org.uk
Dr Penny Cook and Jenny Downing (Research Directorate, Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences) have been working with the ICDC in order to develop a game for young people (13-16 year olds). This game aims to promote the positive sexual health messages such as awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections, access to health care services and protective measures (i.e. condoms) in an engaging, visibly appealing fun way which does not require good literacy skills or a full understanding of English to understand.
The Christie Hospital, Manchester - http://www.christie.nhs.uk/
Led by Professor Paulo Lisboa, Network Lead for the Medical Sciences and Therapeutics Network, the Statistics and Neural Computing Group is currently analysing outcome data on breast cancer from patients treated at the Christie Hospital during 1983-1993 with at least a 5 year follow-up.
The Down Syndrome Association - http://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/
Professors Sheila Glenn, Cliff Cunningham and Vee Prasher (visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences) have been collaborating with the DSA to assess the mental health and well being of adults with Downs Syndrome aged 20-40 years and relate these to physical, social and psychological factors. In addition, if a mental health problem is diagnosed, an investigation into the treatment received will be carried out. The psychiatric and psychological assessments are being carried out in Birmingham and the data collated and analysed at LJMU.
The Lycocard Project - http://www.lycocard.com/
The Lycocard Project is an EU approach to investigate the protective effect of lycopene (a red coloured pigment found in tomatoes) in preventing cardiovascular disease.
Whilst there is a lot of epidemiological evidence which indicates that lycopene may provide significant protection against cardiovascular disease, a comprehensive ‘total food chain’ approach was lacking. The project’s ‘farm-to-fork’ approach is hoping to address this need.
The project is due to continue until 2011. The Institute for Health Research’s lead on this project is Dr Gordon Lowe.