Published on 29/05/2024
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  • Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment relaunches Molecules to Minds series of livestreamed public lectures
  • Dr Rebecca Knibb will talk about the impact food allergy has on people’s lives and the global unmet need for psychological support
  • The livestream will be followed by a Q&A and round table discussion.

Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment (IHN) will host a livestreamed public lecture on the impact that food allergy has on people’s lives and the global unmet need for psychological support on Monday 10 June 2024.

Dr Rebecca Knibb will be discussing insights from the Global Access to Psychological Services (GAPS) study, a multinational collaboration of researchers, clinicians, patients and patient organisations, who have been exploring psychological support needs and people’s experiences of healthcare services across more than 20 countries worldwide.

Dr Knibb is a chartered psychologist and practitioner health psychologist, a reader in psychology at Aston University and programme director for the MSc Health Psychology online programme. Her research interests include the health-related quality of life and mental wellbeing of children, adolescents and parents who are managing long term conditions, particular allergic conditions and asthma.

The lecture is part of the Molecules to Minds livestreamed lecture series, which is restarting after a break. Molecules to Minds is aimed at all interested parties, be they members of the public affected by the topic being discussed, or specialist clinicians. The name comes from IHN’s research remit, which spans the full breath of neurodevelopmental research, all the way from individual molecules to whole minds.

Dr Knibb said:

“There is a global unmet need for psychological support for patients and families managing food allergy. Our GAPS study has shown that around 80% of adults, parents and children managing food allergy report related psychological distress, yet fewer than one in five are able to access any support, with cost the biggest barrier.”

The livestream will take place at 17:00 BST on Monday 10 June 2024. To register for the event please visit the Eventbrite page.

For more information about Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment (IHN) visit the website.

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About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming the Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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