By Lidia Luna Puerta (@L_Luna_P)
Over the last 20 years, Singapore has become a medical research hub with global reach. The current focus is placed on translational research to close the gap between basic clinical research and patient care. Despite the growing worldwide adoption of public involvement in research, the role of Singaporeans in research is still limited.
I am a third year PhD Candidate at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, exploring the potential for public involvement (PPI) in research in Singapore. Co-supervised by Professor Helen Ward, Director of the Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), I have been working with PERC to learn from their wide experience in building capacity for public involvement amongst researchers and members of the public.
By Professor Helen Ward
Director, Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre
Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre, aka PERC, started blogging about 18 months ago with this Welcome to our Blog post. The blog was set up to “share the latest learnings and news from the PPI community, points of views from the team on the advances and issues of public involvement, case studies of good involvement practice to inspire new ideas, and a whole host of other top tips and personal pointers”.
Since then we’ve published 25 blogs, ranging from case studies of good practice and opinion pieces, through to notices about events, training, and top tips for applicants for our grants scheme.
In conversation with: Thibaut Jombart, Lecturer in Genetic Analysis
Working within: HPRU (Modelling Methodology)
What did you do?
I organised a hackathon (i.e. a coding workshop) called ‘Hackout 3’, which was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU). The event brought together epidemiologists, stakeholders from public health institutions, and members of the public (professional computer programmers) to develop new statistical tools for disease outbreak analysis and response.
In this guest blog, Imperial‘s Cathy Thomas offers advice on how to use social media to engage (and involve!) the public in your research. What have your experiences with using social media for engagement been? Share your experiences in the comments.
Why bother with social media?
There are over one billion active users on Facebook and over 100 million monthly Instagram users – which means that if you’re looking to connect with members of the public, it’s worth considering how social media and other digital tools could support or enhance your engagement activity.
The useful thing about social media is that it’s a discursive medium that encourages sharing and participation, so rather than simply using it as a tool to promote what you’re doing, there will be ways in which it can support two-way engagement.
Find out how Imperial researchers can engage the public in their work at QPR’s annual Community Day.