Published: 07-12-2023 14:40 | Updated: 07-12-2023 14:40

Several researchers at GPH receives grants from VR

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Five researchers at the Department of Global Public Health have been awarded a number of grants in medicine and health from The Swedish Research Council.

GPH projects funded by The Swedish Research Council:

Martin Gerdin Wärnberg at the Department of Global Public Health is awarded 7 550 000 SEK 
Project: Effekter av träning i traumaomhändertagande på utfall hos vuxna traumapatienter: en klusterrandomiserad studie"
Summary: Trauma is a massive global health issue, killing more than 4 million people each year. Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) is the most widely used programme to train physicians in the initial management of trauma patients, with more than 1 million physicians in over 80 countries trained since its inception. Despite its widespread use, there are no controlled trials showing that ATLS® improves patient outcomes. The team will therefore compare the effects of ATLS® with standard care on patient outcomes through a large-scale cluster randomized trial in India

Carina King at the Department of Global Public Health is awarded 2 400 000 SEK
Project: Medical Oxygen at Scale (MOXY)
Summary: The overall purpose of the MOXY study is to provide evidence on how medical oxygen services can effectively be delivered and maintained at scale, with the aim that this will improve survival across a range of patient groups, including newborns and children. The project involves operations in Nigeria and Uganda, as part of a wider consortium across six countries, to explore what impact oxygen systems can have at national and sub-national levels and map out the key bottlenecks to sustainable implementation. A mix of methods will be used, including patient mapping, realist evaluation, and pre-post impact assessments. The project is in collaboration with the Oxygen for Life Initiative, Nigeria, Makerere University, Uganda, and Melbourne University, Australia. 

Claudia Hanson at the Department of Global Public Health is awarded  4 800 000 SEK for the project 
Project: Sister´s Care
Summary: The new initiative SISTer’s Care: Co-deSIgn of STillbirth CARE in Benin and Malawi study is a continuation of our collaborations and efforts within the ALERT study.  SISTer’s Care aims to develop an intervention which supports both, mothers and their families AND health providers in dealing with a stillborn baby. Bereavement care for mothers and their families is well established in Europe but not in Africa, they also work with healthcare workers: We recognize their pain and the feeling of blame and disempowerment.  A special thanks is extended, particularly to the PhD student Rosario,  who has been persistently pushing and inspiring us to work on bereavement care.

Cecilia Magnusson at the Department of Global Public Health is awarded 4 800 000 SEK
Project:  "Snus use during pregnancy and perinatal health"
Summary: The use of smokeless nicotine products (SNP), such as “white snus” and e-cigarettes, is increasing fast among young people in high-income countries, especially among women. While the adverse perinatal effects of smoking in pregnancy are well established, and the marketing and sales of smoked tobacco products are thus strictly regulated, less is known about such effects of SNP. The project aims to fill this knowledge gap based on data from 2.4 million pregnancies in Sweden. The expected research findings aspire to inform interventions that can mitigate any negative public health consequences of the current upsurge in SNP use.

Elena Rafetti at the Department of Global Public Health is awarded 3 600 000 SEK 
Project: SARS-CoV-2 under graviditet och effekten på kvinnors och spädbarns hälsa: en studie om mekanismer, scenarier och förebyggande strategier i en framtida luftvägsepidemi
Summary: The project supports clinicians, pregnant women, and policymakers in making informed decisions by examining the adverse health effects of intrauterine exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and influenza. The project focuses on exploring preventive measures to mitigate the impact on maternal and infant health in future respiratory virus-related pandemics.

This effort is timely to support better-informed prevention (e.g. targeted vaccination campaigns, early monitoring) for high-risk individuals and to reduce the impacts of future pandemics on the most vulnerable, such as pregnant women and offspring (e.g. new recommendations and long-term contingency plans).

The team comprises multidisciplinary groups ranging from pure mathematicians to social scientists. This collaborative effort is led by Karolinska Institutet and includes partnerships with the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, University of Bristol, Human Technopole, and the University of Brescia.