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Nine projects from the Medical Sciences Division have received funding in the latest round of the Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund for innovative projects to engage the public with medical research.

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Listening to the voices of African patients with HepB

Dr Monique Andersson (Nuffield Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Radcliffe Department of Medicine) receiving funding for a project to engage patients in the research process, raise awareness about HBV, and promote better management of HBV infection in African communities.

How can research help to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people?

Photo of Professor Cathy CresswellPhoto of Emily LloydProfessor Catharine Creswell (Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology) and Emily Lloyd (Department of Psychiatry) received funding for a project to design and pilot workshops and resources to engage young people (aged 11- 14 years) in critical thinking and debate around the potential for research to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people. 

Public Engagement in Medical Education Research

Photo of Professor Gabriele DeLucaProfessor Gabriele De Luca (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) received funding for a project to produce an evidence-based method of teaching and assessing professionalism for integration into medical education curricula, ensuring that the training doctors receive will sustain them through their entire careers.


Robots in the Museum

Photo of Dr Gemma HughesDr Gemma Hughes (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences) received funding for a project to bring robots to the Pitt Rivers Museum in a series of activities designed to engage public audiences of different ages in debates about the possibilities of robotics in addressing health and social care challenges.


Using ultrasound for Public Engagement

Image of Dr Shing LawDr Shing Law (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences) received funding to purchase a portable ultrasound for use in activities to illustrate inflammatory arthritis and our research. The activities will be taken to a range of venues and events including science festivals and meetings of patient groups to enable us to talk about research.


Digital sleep technology in therapeutic communities for personality disorders

Photo of Dr Niall McGowanDr Niall McGowan (Department of Psychiatry) received funding for a project to engage and consult therapeutic community members about their experiences with sleep and attitudes about sleep research. This project will challenge researchers to reflect on how scientific work is disseminated to and perceived by the public and will lay the groundwork for tailoring future research questions connected with patient engagement. 


Public engagement at community events

Photo of Dr Susannah MurphyDr Susannah Murphy (Department of Psychiatry) received funding for a project to improve and expand upon the Psychopharmacology & Emotion Research Groups' current library of public engagement resources, specifically developing interactive activities that will appeal to all ages. The new resources will be trialled at five local community festival and public engagement events to gain feedback from participants.


Stitch Up: a pop-up play about maternal mental health

Photo of Dr Rachel RoweDr Rachel Rowe (Nuffield Department of Population Health) received funding for a project to develop and pilot a pop-up theatrical production to engage audiences with research evidence about maternal mental health, during pregnancy and after birth, with a view to raising awareness, reducing stigma, encouraging discussion and ultimately improving care and outcomes for women affected by perinatal mental illness.


Being around people whilst hearing voices

Photo of Dr Bryony SheavesDr Bryony Sheaves (Department of Psychiatry) received funding for a project to create an animation to share recent research on the two-way relationship between the severity of voices and social isolation. It is hoped that the resource helps people who hear these nasty voices to overcome the common barriers to managing relationships, prompts conversations with others about what it is like to hear these voices and inspires people to be empathic and supportive when with voice hearers.



The University of Oxford Public Engagement with Research Seed fund provides grants for researchers to develop, deliver and evaluate Public Engagement with Research projects and activities. The fund is supported by the University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

Find out more about the Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund and previously funded projects