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Perception that eating disorders are women's problem delays men getting help

Apr 9, 2014
The widespread perception that only women have eating disorders is preventing men with these problems from getting the help and support they need, indicates a small study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

HIV prevalence and undiagnosed infection among gay men in Scotland

Mar 19, 2014
Results from the sixth triennial cross-sectional survey of gay and bisexual men attending commercial gay venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland have been published in PLoS One. This publication describes HIV prevalence, HIV testing behaviour, and risk factors for HIV positivity among this community sample and compares the 2011 results with those from 2005 and 2008. The study was designed and co-ordinated by Dr Lisa McDaid and the survey team in the MRC unit.

How does money influence health?

Mar 10, 2014
There is much debate about the specific causal pathways that link people’s income and health. A new report authored by MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit researchers and others has synthesised the available frameworks that describe pathways between individual and family income and health and found that multiple theories, with interdependent mechanisms, are involved in explaining how income influences health.

Welcome to the website of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

Our aim is to promote human health via the study of social and environmental influences on health.  

Our more specific objectives include:

  • studying how people's social positions, and their social and physical environments, influence their physical and mental health and capacity to lead healthy lives,
  • designing and evaluating interventions aiming to improve public health and reduce social inequalities in health, and
  • influencing policy and practice by communicating the results and implications of research to a wide range of audiences.

The Unit receives core funding from the UK Medical Research Council and the Chief Scientist Office at the Scottish Government Health Directorates. It is a University Unit within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and is part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.

The Unit’s research is divided into nine programmes. There is considerable overlap and joint working between these programmes, and many projects (and especially studentship projects), may straddle across two or more programmes.

If you are taking part in one of our studies and would like further information, please click here and select the study from the menu or email us at survadmin@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk or  contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 389 2129.

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