Sapphire News for February and March 2019

Posted by es213 at Apr 08, 2019 11:05 AM |
New starters, 'returners', new publications and other items of interest from the Sapphire team.

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New PhD student, Francesca Quattri will start next academic year. Francesca will be working on the topic of defensive medicine and its links to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, co-supervised by Natalie Armstrong with Tracey Elliott from the Leicester Law School

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Dr Caroline Cupit has been appointed as a Research Associate to work on both OPTI-PREM and a project looking at the role of commissioning organisations in overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

Julia Clark has returned to her PhD after taking time off for maternity leave – her supervisors, Natalie Armstrong and Lucy Smith, are delighted to have her back.


Carolyn Tarrant, Eva Krockow & colleagues  have had three papers accepted for publication from their project on antimicrobial resistance as a social dilemma:

  • Tarrant C, Colman AM, Chattoe-Brown E, Jenkins DR, Mehtar S, Perera N, Krockow EM. Optimising antibiotic prescribing: Collective approaches to managing a common-pool resource. Clinical Microbiology & Infection
  • Krockow EM, Tarrant C. The international dimensions of antimicrobial resistance: contextual factors shape distinct ethical challenges in South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. Bioethics (in press)
  • Colman AM, Krockow EM, Chattoe-Brown E, Tarrant, C. Medical prescribing and antibiotic resistance: A game-theoretic analysis of a potentially catastrophic social dilemma. PLOS One (in press)

Eva published a number of other articles (the last one reaching 40,000 views):


Nicola Mackintosh is chief investigator on a successful network grant - part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) money awarded to the University of Leicester from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The grant will support an interdisciplinary and cross-geographical team of researchers from the UK and the global south (India and Ecuador) looking at health systems: processes and infrastructures related to care of pregnant women and children with multi-morbidities.


Fawn Harrad gave a talk at the regional Trent SAPC on Tues 19th March based on her PhD data. It concerned the role that advanced care plans play in hospital transfers from care homes.

Eva Krockow gave an invited seminar in Berlin: Krockow, E. M. (2019). The social dilemma of antimicrobial resistance: Is there a role for the wisdom of crowds? Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin (Feb 2019)

Jennifer Jones presented some work from the PEARL study at the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN) conference on Friday 21st March in London

Natalie Armstrong was invited to talk at a symposium in Vadstena Sweden in late March on social science contributions to thinking about screening.

Other news

Eva has been visiting the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin since the beginning of February and will be staying until Easter. She also made it through Leicester's internal selection for the UKRI future leaders’ fellowship.

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