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Staff are currently involved in a range of projects including:

Dr Caroline Edmonds and Dr Paula Booth are currently working in collaboration with the Natural Hydration Council, Healthy Schools London and University of Westminster. A number of primary schools have opted to only allow children to drink water at school and we are currently undertaking research to investigate the effects of the ‘water only’ project on the children’s behaviour and to collect the thoughts and attitudes of parents and teachers about the project.
Parents' attitudes to drinking water and association with their child's choice of drink: a pilot study (PDF) >
Teachers' attitudes to children drinking water in the classroom and strategies for increasing consumption: a pilot study (PDF) >

Dr. Caroline Edmonds is undertaking interdisciplinary work with colleagues at the University of Southampton and Southampton Children’s Hospital to investigate the long term neurodevelopmental outcome in children who suffered adverse effects on the peri/neonatal period. Children with HIE are are treated with therapeutic hypothermia (brain cooling) shortly after birth. Our work aims to obtain a better understanding of the long-term impact of HIE on the lives of children who initially benefited from cooling therapy. The results could lead to new ways to identify those who may benefit from early intervention, enabling improved support at school and in everyday life. This work is currently funded by Action Medical Research.
Dr. Coco is currently managing a grant (LOSTME, PTDC/PSI-ESP/30958/2017) co-funded by the EU (FEDER) and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in Portugal (PORLisboa),  where his team investigates the neuropsychological markers of cognitive ageing and the role that attention plays on the formation and maintenance of memory traces.

The societal impact of this project is to tackle ageing and neuro-degeneration and aim at: (1) enhance the clinicians’, patients’ and general public’s understanding of the change attentional and neural mechanisms undergo due to dementia, (2) conceive diagnostic tools able to improve detection of neuro-pathological symptoms still in a prodromal stage, hence enabling a prompt start of the treatment and maximize its impact.

Once the behavioural and neural links of memory formation and access are successfully understood and modelled, we may be able to predict the evolutionary dynamics of neuro-degeneration in similar other contexts, and apply the findings to other neurodegenerative diseases, such as frontotemporal dementia or the Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.

Kenneth Gannon has a particular research interest in men's health issues, focusing primarily on fertility, urinary tract symptoms and prostate cancer. He has published widely in these areas, including in peer-reviewed journals and invited, as well as presenting papers at conferences. In carrying out this research he has worked closely with medical and surgical staff from a number of London hospital trusts, including Barts Health and Hammersmith Hospitals. For some studies he has collaborated with BME Cancer Communities, a charity that supports black men with prostate cancer. He obtained funding for a PhD studentship entitled "Support needs and wishes of prostate cancer patients discharged to primary care" from IPSEN (a drug company that manufactures drugs to the treatment of prostate cancer), Barts Health and UEL. The student started in September 2014 and was conferred with the degree in summer 2018. The study has already resulted in one publication and further papers are in preparation.

Papers and book chapters:

  • Gannon, K. Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health (2019). Barry, J., Kingerlee, R., Seager, M. and Sullivan, L. The Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gannon, K. Guerro-Blanco, M. and Abel, P.D. (2010). Reconstructing masculinity following radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. The Aging Male, 13(4): 258–264.
  • Gannon, K., Glover, L., O’Neill M. and Emberton, M. (2005). Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: self-perceptions and the concept of bother. BJU International, 96, 823-827.
  • Gannon, K., Glover, L., O’Neill M. and Emberton, M. (2004). Men and chronic illness: A qualitative study of LUTS. Journal of Health Psychology, 9, 411-420.
  • Gannon, K., Glover, L., and Abel, P. (2004). Masculinity, infertility, stigma and media reports. Social Science and Medicine, 59(6), 1169 – 1175.
  • Gannon K. (1996). Andrology: men and reproduction. In: The Psychology of Reproduction 1: Reproductive Potential and Fertility Control, edited by A. Walker and K. Niven. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd.
  • Gannon, K., Glover, L. and Abel P. (2003) Psychosocial aspects of prostate cancer. In: Prostate Cancer: Scientific and Clinical Aspects. Bridging the Gap. Edited by P. Abel and El-Nasir Lalani. London: Imperial College Press.
  • Gannon, K., Glover, L. and Abel P. (2007). Psychological Effects of Infertility and Its Treatment in Males. In: Male Reproductive Dysfunction: Pathophysiology and Treatment. Edited by F. R. Kandeel. London: Informa Healthcare.
  • Glover,L Gannon, K, McLoughlin, J. and Emberton, M. (2004). Men’s experiences of having LUTS: Factors relating to bother. BJU International, 94, 563-567.
  • Glover L, Gannon K and Abel P. (1999). 18 month follow-up of male subfertility clinic attenders: a comparison between men whose partner subsequently became pregnant and those with continuing subfertility. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 17, 83-87, 1999.
  • Glover L, Gannon K, Platt Z and Abel P. (1999). Male subfertility clinic attenders’ expectations of medical consultation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 4, 53-61.
  • Glover L, Gannon K, and Abel P. (1998). Male subfertility: is pregnancy the only issue? (Editorial) British Medical Journal, 316, 1405-1406, 9 May.
  • Glover L, Gannon K, and Abel P. (1996). Differences between doctor and patient estimates of outcome in male sub-fertility clinic attenders. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 35, 531-542.
  • Glover L, Gannon K, Sherr L and Abel P. (1996). Distress in sub-fertile men: a longitudinal study. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 14, 23-36.
  • Glover L, Gannon K, Abel P and Sherr L. (1994). Psychological distress before and immediately after attendance at a male sub-fertility clinic. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 87, 448-449.
  • Margariti,C., Gannon, K., Thompson, R., Walsh, J., Green, J. (2019). Experiences of UK African-Caribbean Prostate Cancer Survivors of Discharge to primary care. Ethnicity and Health, In press.

Selected conference papers

  • Margariti, C., Gannon, K., Walsh, J., and Green, J. (2017), Life after treatment and survivorship of men after prostate cancer. British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference.
  • Margariti, C., Gannon, K., Walsh, J., and Green, J. (2017) Constructions of masculinity in Black African Caribbean men after prostate cancer. British Psychological Society Annual Conference.
  • Margariti, C., Gannon, K., Walsh, J., and Green, J. (2016), General practitioners’ perspectives on prostate cancer patients’ discharge from secondary care to primary care. EHPS/DHP Annual Conference, Aberdeen.
  • Mills, R. and Gannon, K. (2015). A qualitative investigation into executive dysfunction in men with prostate cancer undergoing a testosterone lowering drug treatment. (oral paper). Men's Health Conference, University College London.
  • Singh Daddi, I. and Gannon, K. (2015). ‘What happens next?’ An exploration of how general practitioners talk to men presenting with possible symptoms of prostate cancer. (oral paper). Men's Health Conference, University College London

  • Developmental Case Study – still in the process of being developed.

    Mark McDermott – still developing case study

    Dr. Paula Booth is currently working with Dr. Caroline Edmonds and colleagues at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, University of Hertfordshire, University of Westminster and Lancaster University to assess ‘The Hydration Toolkit’ a healthcare intervention to reduce dehydration and increase fluid consumption in older care home residents. The Hydration Toolkit was developed by a nurse, Lesley Spall as a result of her observations of dehydration in a residential care home. The intervention has been evaluated with positive results. The intention is now to test the feasibility of running a main trial to determine the effectiveness of the Hydration Toolkit and consequently whether there is an improvement in symptoms of frailty, quality of life, cognitive skills and symptoms associated with dehydration such as UTIs, falls and confusion.

    The Effect of the Hydration Toolkit on Fluid Consumption and Associated Health in Residential Care Homes: A Feasibility Study.

    This project is being carried out by a PhD student Ardiana Meha under the supervision of Prof. Mark McDermott. It is proposed that this research project will aim to explore aim to explore the nature and scale of the experiences of imprisonment, to develop more personalised and relevant approaches to supporting the mental wellbeing needs of young children in prison. The first study will attempt to address and identify the experience of imprisonment and health issues among young people (aged 15 -17) in a Young Offenders' Institution (YOI). This study therefore aims to examine the experience of imprisonment and examine approaches to support young people and their mental well-being within these settings.