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The SSA Early Career Research Network: Writing Successful Grants

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Our addiction experts share their experiences of writing and reviewing grant submissions, and answer your questions.

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The SSA ECR group invite you to the first early career network meeting, taking place virtually on Wednesday May 19th from 2-3.30pm.

This session will focus on grant writing and we will be joined by four experts in this area, Prof. Niamh Fitzgerald, Prof. Sarah Galvani, Dr. Sadie Boniface and Dr. Owen Bowden-Jones, who will tell us about their experiences of writing and reviewing grant submissions. They'll also be answering your questions that you can SUBMIT HERE

This event will take place on Zoom. A link will be emailed to you on the morning of the event. To ensure you receive the link, please register with the correct email address.

Prof. Niamh Fitzgerald: Niamh is a Professor at the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stitling. Her research and teaching interests are primarily in alcohol policy, in particular mixed-method, interdisciplinary studies of population-level policies, and commercial determinants of health including product marketing, conflicts of interest and policy processes. She is the Deputy Director of the SPECTRUM (- shaping public health policies to reduce inequalities and harm) Consortium and is currently President of ICARA - the International Confederation of ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug) Resarch Associations.

Prof. Sarah Galvani: Sarah is Professor of Social Research and Substance Use at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the founder and co-chair of the Substance Use and Associate Behaviours (SUAB) research group at Manchester Met and has an international reputation for her research and practice development work. In particular, her early work around alcohol and domestic violence remains a significant contributor to the field of substance use research and theory development, as well as her subsequent work focussed on substance use in social work education and practice. Currently, her work focusses on research with groups of people using substances who are further marginalised. This has included work with particular ethnic communities, older people, and currently work on palliative and end of life care for people using substances.

Dr. Sadie Boniface: Sadie is the Research Coordinator at the Institute of Alcohol Studies. Before IAS, Sadie was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s where she worked on a range of alcohol research projects including randomised controlled trials and ran an award-winning Masters module. Sadie has decade of experience in alcohol research, with particular interests in health inequality, young people, and measuring consumption. Sadie completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL in 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Health Sciences from Newcastle University and a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University.

Dr. Owen Bowden-Jones: Owen is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and researcher with more than 20 years’ experience of helping people with mental health and substance misuse problems on their journey to recovery. In 2010, he founded the CNWL Club Drug Clinic, a service specialising in helping people with problem use of drugs. The clinic is known for its ground-breaking approaches to treating drug problems. He is an Honorary Professor at University College London and his research focuses on developing innovative treatments for substance misuse problems. He is chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), a clinical adviser to the Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco division at Public Health England and a SSA trustee.


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