Award enables Katerina to hit the road and share research project

A CLAHRC NWC student has secured a cash boost to help disseminate her work.  

The NIHR Infrastructure Visiting Speaker Award (IVSA) is an award developed in collaboration with NIHR Infrastructure Trainees and is being piloted for 12 months. Trainees can apply for up to £500 to support the costs of going to present their work in another part of the NIHR Infrastructure. The award is specifically designed to encourage networking and to enhance the trainees’ experience through presenting their research.

CLAHRC NWC PhD student Katerina Panagaki (pictured) has become the second awardee to secure the IVSA funding, enabling her to present a talk on Tuesday 24 April 2018​ at NIHR CLAHRC West​ titled: “How does the social and economic environment affect our mental health? The role of cognitive processes like rumination”

Katerina’s work is focused on improving wellbeing and enhancing recovery in the context of psychosis and severe mood disorders amongst people living in disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances.

Recruitment to her Rumination Study has been extended to 30th April! If you thought about taking part, but haven't yet been in touch now is your chance. All participants will be entered into a prize draw.

Katerina said: “I think this will be an invaluable opportunity that will on the one hand allow me to disseminate and get feedback on my own work, but on the other hand will offer me a better insight into another CLAHRC infrastructure and their projects. We have been working on similar themes of deprivation and mental health so discussing about findings but also challenges we faced could help our research and impact thereof.”

Chris Lodge, a PPI member and Service User Researcher at the Spectrum Centre, will join Katerina at this event. He will specifically talk about the role of Patient and Public involvement and his experience with this project.

The NIHR IVSA aims to provide opportunities for different parts of the Infrastructure to come together collaboratively and allow individuals to benefit from being part of something larger than their own local environment. It is designed to impact the trainee's training experience and future career.

Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research & Evidence at the Department of Health said: "Presenting and debating research findings is a critical element of scientific progress and a vital skill for a researcher. I am delighted to support this scheme proposed by one of our NIHR trainees."

More articles     Posted on: 16 April 2018