Understanding dementia: the value of co-research

by Linda Birt

Each year several thousand people with dementia take part in vital research as research participants, yet there are few examples of co-research projects in dementia research.

Co-research means people with experience of the condition work alongside academics in all stages of the research process: co-designing studies and co-creating data and results. In the context of dementia, co-research has the potential to actively involve and empower people with dementia and reduce stigma and feelings of isolation.

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Celebrating IFS’s new ESRC Research Institute status

by Richard Blundell

For the last 25 years the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) has provided core long term research funding for IFS. With centre funding IFS has brought rigorous evidence-based research to the analysis of public policy, allowing us to respond swiftly, authoritatively and independently to the changing public policy debate. It has created a unique environment for building new generations of economists who have gone on to take leading roles in academia, in public policy, and in the media. The new Research Institute status will enable us to grow our global leadership in research and enhance our public policy influence. Continue reading

Our longitudinal future – providing robust evidence for policy across the life course, from newborns right through to older age

by Alissa Goodman

The ESRC last week published its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review, a report by an international panel, which was commissioned by the ESRC to review its investment in longitudinal studies.

The panel recognised that, thanks to the ESRC, the UK has a strong and unique mix of cohort and panel studies, which will serve social science and beyond in the decades to come.

What does this mix consist of?
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Taking a stand against bullying: Addressing mental health problems from within

by Louise Arseneault

Many people have childhood memories of being pushed around and being punched by other pupils when we felt you couldn’t retaliate. They may also remember being the topic of nasty rumours or being excluded by others. Unfortunately, being bullied is not an unusual experience, even today.

Similar to maltreatment, bullying involves abusive behaviours where it is more difficult for the victims to defend themselves. But in contrast to maltreatment, these abusive behaviours are perpetrated by others of the same age. The research I have been conducting for the past 15 years – alongside great collaborators – emphasises the importance of moving away from the common perception that bullying is a just an unavoidable part of growing up.

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Why does post-mortem matter? The difficult case of baby-loss

by Kate Reed

This week (14-20 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week. And, it is currently estimated by the NHS that one in six pregnancies in the UK will, sadly, end in miscarriage. According to official data (PDF) 3,245 stillbirths and 1,381 neonatal deaths were recorded in 2014.

Post-mortem can often contribute to a better understanding of the underlying causes of death in such cases. But, in evidence submitted as part of a parliamentary debate on baby loss in 2016, low rates of consent for post-mortem were identified as a cause for concern.

Therefore, understanding how to support parents effectively around decision-making about post-mortem is important for reducing incidences of baby-loss. Continue reading