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Health and Temperature Research Group (HTRG): CHSCR SHU

The Health and Temperature Research Group (HTRG) works with a diverse range of stakeholders to deliver cutting edge applied research. Key collaborators include national and local government, voluntary sector, industry and academic organisations.

Our research activity addresses contemporary societal and clinical health problems related to temperature including work in the fields of physiology, clinical practice, temperature measurement, intervention evaluation, public health, safe environments and ethics.

The HTRG is active in research across the lifespan from neonatal to older people. Our expertise lies in different research applications and mixed methods including literature reviews and evidence synthesis, primary physiological research, experimental studies, qualitative inquiry and cost effectiveness evaluations. Working in academic and service evaluation settings we have a track record of delivering translational and applied research findings of value to policy and practice.

Projects

  • Keeping warm in later life project (KWILLT): A qualitative study exploring factors influencing the ability of older people to keep warm at home in winter.
  • Warm well families: A study exploring factors influencing the decisions and behaviour of vulnerable households with children with asthma regarding keeping warm and well at home.
  • Evaluation of the warm home service: An evaluation of the Warm Homes Service intervention delivered by Home Improvement Agencies and coordinated by Foundations Independent Living Trust
  • ABACUS: A project to develop a methodology for implementing public health evidence/ knowledge into policy and practice across new public health sectors to achieve key public health outcomes in relation to fuel poverty and excess winter deaths and illness.
  • Dementia and cold homes: A postgraduate research study to explore factors influencing risk of cold related harm for older people with dementia.
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy for metabolic imaging of the 'hot' brain
  • Multiomodality neuromonitoring in severe traumatic brain injury
  • Thermal imaging in Sepsis (the iTHIS study)
  • Thermographic mapping of the surgical wound
  • Role of temperature as a prognostic indicator in neutropenic sepsis: An exploratory study combining retrospective cohort and qualitative methods
  • Developing a disposable low temperature thermometer

Staff

  • Angela Tod: Angela's research interests lie in avoidance of cold related death and illness, health inequalities and temperature measurement.
  • Charmaine Childs: Charmaine uses serum biomarkers and invasive brain tissue sensors to provide the evidence base for therapeutic temperature management after severe traumatic brain injury. Charmaine also uses imaging (magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infra-red) to measure human body temperature. These techniques provide new insights into the temperature of the human brain and are currently being applied to surgical infection diagnostics.
  • Shona Kelly: Shona's interests lie in the development, validation and marketing of a low temperature measurement device. A design has been developed, the UK distributor identified and Hospital Trusts are on board for evaluation. A manufacturer needs to be recruited.
  • Anna Cronin de Chavez: Anna’s research interests are around thermal care behaviour, what people do to maintain a safe body temperature and fuel poverty. She is particularly interested in health risks of cold such as SIDS and hypothermia to newborns and infants.
  • Catherine Homer: Catherine’s research interest focuses on the implications individual behaviour and fuel poverty has for health. She also works in a local authority public health department and is responsible for leading and developing fuel poverty policy.
  • Ben Thomas: is carrying out doctoral research into the challenges people with dementia have of keeping warm in winter in their own homes. The research follows an exploratory case methodology design to identify preventable harm and risk.
  • Peter Allmark: Peter’s academic background is in ethics and professionally, nursing. His interest in health inequalities and the KWILLT project relates to the issue of social justice as well as practical measures to reduce health inequality.
  • Pete Nelson: Pete’s research interests focus on the impact of fuel poverty on children and young people and the evaluation of family support initiatives and professional interventions.
  • Hora Soltani: Hora's research is focused on maternal and infant health with an interest in neonatal temperature and thermal imaging (in collaboration with Charmaine Childs) for wound infection after caesarean section.
  • Geoff Green: Geoff Green is emeritus professor of urban policy at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom (UK) and advises the WHO European Healthy Cities Network on Age-Friendly cities and city health development planning. His professional life is at the interface of local government and academia, with an interest in ‘upstream’ determinants of public health.
  • Chris Bentley: Chris has a background in public health medicine and was Director of Public Health for South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority. He was also Head of the Health Inequalities National Support Team for the Department of Health. Working with public health organisations in the most deprived areas with the poorest health in England, Chris helped them to achieve measureable improvements at population level. Chris is now as an independent consultant specialising in population level health improvement, inequalities and the social determinants of health, he has contracts at local, regional and national level, in England and in Wales. He has a Visiting Chair at Sheffield Hallam University

Collaborators

Clients

Age UK
Foundations Independent Living Trust

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