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Population Health


Published: 17 January 2013

Congratulations to Kath Woods-Townsend, Marcus Grace, Julia Sinclair, Sue Dewhirst, Jenny Byrne and colleagues who have just been awarded Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Development Funding from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences to measure teenagers’ health literacy around alcohol. The project will work with school students who visit LifeLab.

LifeLab is a joint project between researchers from Education, Medicine, Geography and the Wessex Alcohol Research Collaborative, and will celebrate its next phase on Friday 22nd March with a press conference at Southampton General Hospital to highlight the building of the new labs (just begun), their BUPA Foundation grant, and the publication of a research paper. School children taking part in Life Lab have seen their DNA; taken a "snapshot" of their heart health; studied how genetics can affect cholesterol levels; used ultrasound to look at their own arteries; examined skeletons and studied how nutrients cross the placenta. Life-Lab is an innovative educational intervention being piloted in Southampton, funded initially by The Wellcome Trust and The Medical Research Council. It is designed to enable 11-16 year old students to discover first hand, how their diets and lifestyles lay the foundations for a healthier life, and how their own health is linked to the health of the children they may have in the future.

Watch this space for news of their celebratory launch event, scheduled for late 2013.

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