Staff are currently involved in a range of projects including:
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) >
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
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.