Patient and Public Involvement in Research

Patient and Public Involvement, or PPI, is becoming an increasingly important part of the research process. The idea behind PPI is that researchers work in partnership with people who are affected by the health condition they are researching at different levels of the research process. This could be during the planning, design, implementation, evaluation and/or dissemination stages.

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Having keenly signed up for a PPI training day being run by Parkinson’s UK, one of our researchers, Rebecca Wagstaff, found herself at Edinburgh airport at 5:45am, ready to board a plane to Manchester.  The training was worth the early start – the sessions were informative and interactive, focusing on what PPI is and how and when people can be included in research, along with practical considerations to bear in mind when doing this. A particularly useful session was one delivered by a gentleman with Parkinson’s Disease, who has been a PPI volunteer on a number of research projects. Hearing his insights and experience into PPI from the other perspective was invaluable.

It was also fantastic to hear about the support Parkinson’s UK can offer researchers in incorporating PPI into their research. Parkinson’s UK are currently running a pilot scheme which aims to recruit and train volunteers with Parkinson’s who are interested in contributing to research through PPI. More information about what they can do to support researchers with PPI can be found here: https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/patient-and-public-involvement-ppi-your-study

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SLT Researchers @ Digital Humanities Conference

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Research conferences are an excellent platform for PhD students to face the scrutiny of the world outside their research group. It paves way to join conversations with your peers, find where your research sits and gain valuable feedback from experienced and early researchers  alike.

Our researchers presented their work in the form of posters at the recently held full day conference hosted by the Strathclyde HaSS Graduate School. Titled The Digital Human: Humanities and Social Sciences in the Digital Age, this is a student-led conference aimed to highlight the ways in which science, technology, humanities, and social sciences interact with one other.

Louise and Revathy presented their respective work centred on the theme of digital contributions to health and wellbeing. Louise introduced her research on investigating speech errors in autism using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging. This study is aimed to contribute to our understanding of the underlying cause of autism. Revathy also introduced her research focusing on feasibility studies on the reliability of assistive technologies for children. This research aims to suggest a methodology to develop gaming solutions for therapeutic use in Speech-Language Pathology for children.

The inter-disciplinary nature of both the posters attracted a wide range of interested from visitors and delegates  involved  in different aspects of the research such as health and well-being and use of technology. The conference surely gave an upswing to the start the  academic year!!!