IN THE YEAR 2018
South Asian Evidence Summit SES 2018
(Hosted by, Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA), Prasanna School of Public Health at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal)
Three preconference workshops were conducted this year, from 31st of January 2018 to 1st of February, 2018. The topics focused in these two days of training workshop were on ‘Mixed methods Systematic Reviews’, ‘Research to Community through Media’ and ‘Translating evidence to policy’
Presence of dignitaries like Dr. Helmut Brand, Dr. N Sreekumaran Nair, Dr. Subhadra Menon, Dr. Unnikrishnan B., Dr. Shrinivas Darak, Dr. Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, and Dr. Anju Sinha was evidenced.
The resource persons with rich experience in respective fields spoke on the various aspects of Systematic Reviews and Mixed Methods Research, Role of Media in communicating Research findings to the Community, on translating evidence to policy and the paradigm of evidence based research. Around 40 national and international delegates attended the workshop.
The half-day workshop involved participants in group activity for brainstorming and presenting program strategies. The session was winded up with a panel discussion.
Evidence Informed Public Writing for Academics and Researchers- an Eppi- centre collaborative workshop (26th June, 2018)
(By Dr. Preethy D’souza)
A one day workshop on “Evidence Informed Public Writing for Academics and Researchers- an Eppi- centre collaborative workshop” was conducted on 26th of June 2018, in collaboration with the EPPI-centre, UK, the session was taken by Dr. Preethy D’souza (Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education, University of London, UK).
It was a one day session involving an introduction on the topic and a brief talk on evidence synthesis activities happening in EPPI- centre, on developing basic skills and confidence in evidence based writing for the public the speaker also dealt with the possible collaboration and funding.
The session then included highlights on effective science communication, styles and structures of writing science in media, specific requirements of online writing and writing for different audiences.
The pitch story ideas to editors let the participants to identify the topics of interest by the researchers and to apply for bigger grants in the future based on the EPPI-centre expertise in evidence synthesis and the interests of researchers from Manipal.
IN THE YEAR 2016
The establishment of the Trans-disciplinary Centre for Qualitative Methods (TCQM) under the leadership of PHESA at Manipal Academy of higher Education at Manipal Academy of higher Education was approved on the 29th of April, 2016 under the leadership of PHESA and It was coordinated by Prof. N Sreekumaran Nair and Dr. Ajay Bailey
The main aim of the centre is to educate, facilitate and promote trans-disciplinary qualitative research for a comprehensive understanding of the issues pertaining to public health
- The main objectives of the TCQM are:
- To promote inter-disciplinary research in public health
- To provide impetus to researchers from across disciplines to share expertise and collaborate.
- To create awareness about qualitative research in public health in South Asia.
- To build capacities of young scholars in teaching and conducting qualitative research.
- To establish a regional hub in qualitative research in South Asia through a trans-disciplinary approach that involves researchers, practitioners and civil society organizations.
- The student exchange programme was conducted in 2016 that throws light on quantitative & qualitative research methods, paves the way for understanding the foundational concepts of public health research, and highlights the role of systematic reviews in building high-quality evidence to inform health policy. PHESA had 4 exchange students (9th April to 5th May, 2016) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- Evidence Dissemination Workshop on Behavior change communication (BCC) with Stakeholders held on 4-5th July 2016 at Pune, Attended by BCC project team (Prof. N Sreekumaran Nair, Dr. Shradha Parsekar, Ms. Hanna Nelson, Ms. Valeria Bevilacqua, Ms. Ratheebhai V from PHESA; Dr. Shrinivas Darak, Dr. Trupti Darak and Dr. Ritu Parchure from Prayas; Prof. Subhadra Menon from Kailash Satyarthi Foundation; and Dr. Unnikrishnan B, Associate Dean, KMC Manglore)
- Poster presentation titled “Rehabilitation strategies for the disabilities caused due to breast cancer or its treatment: An overview of Systematic Review” in “Conference of Statisticians and Programmers In Clinical Research (ConSPIC2016)” organised by Indian Association for Statistics in Clinical Trials (IASCT) at Hyderabad, held from 22-24 September, 2016. By Shradha Parsekar
- Presented papers by Sreekumaran Nair, Dr. Shradha Parsekar and Ms. Melissa Glenda Lewis at the conference of statistics and programming in clinical research, held at Hyderabad in the month of September, 2016.
IN THE YEAR 2012
International Symposium on Evidence Based Public Health Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries was held on November 7-8, 2012. It was organized by Manipal Academy of higher Education in collaboration with the Cochrane public health review group and over 147 delegates attended it also an exploratory meeting was held for Cochrane Public Health Group satellite that discussed on the matter.
The aim of the symposium was to provide an overview of challenges involved in the evaluation of public health interventions, so as to provide a strong evidence base. This symposium lead to conception of PHESA at Manipal Academy of higher Education, Manipal