Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes

This week is national Diabetes Week – an annual event dedicated to increasing awareness, changing perceptions, and raising much needed funds for research to help improve diabetes care and prevention. This year’s theme is ‘Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes’ and over the last few days I’ve been learning more about how we can protect ourselves and…

Walk to School Week!

May is National Walking Month. The campaign is led by Living Streets, which is a charity that a long time ago campaigned for zebra crossings and speed limits. Now they want to encourage people to get outside and to walk every day! As part of the campaign, next week (15-19th) is Walk to School Week…

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of the Midwife 2017 May 5th every year is a special day in a midwife’s calendar, its International Day of the Midwife and aims to highlight the work of midwives around the world. There’s nothing midwives enjoy more than a good celebration, after all every day we are celebrating new life and new…

World Asthma Day!

Today is World Asthma Day. Asthma affects lots of us in the UK and around the world but how many of us know the real facts about asthma from the fake ones? Our BiBBS research fellow Noortje helps us get to the bottom of things: More than 1800 years ago, a Greek doctor first described…

#SITLESS #MOVEMORE

Let’s stand up more this Friday… and beyond Friday 28th April 2017 is “on your feet Britain” organised by GetBritainStanding.org and Active Working. The purpose of such of an event is to highlight and raise awareness for the importance of reducing daily sedentary behaviour by standing more. Sedentary behaviours are the things we do such…

10th Birthday Celebrations!

Our oldest BiB child, Ibrahim, turns 10 years old in April. This is both a major milestone for Ibrahim and his family but also for the Born in Bradford Research Programme. Born in Bradford was founded back in 2007 by our Chief Investigator, Professor John Wright. Our mission was to explore factors linked to health…

Take a walk in the Park day!

Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day! We have lots of lovely parks in and around Bradford such as Lister Park, Bowling Park, Horton Park and many more. My research as a PhD student at Born in Bradford looks at which features of a park we enjoy and which features can encourage…

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Saturday is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. I wonder why there is such a day. Does it matter whether a scientist is a woman or a man? Does it matter whether a child studying science at school is a boy or a girl? It shouldn’t matter. But when I searched Google…

The magical power of stories

This week is National Storytelling Week, and a chance to celebrate the powerful role that stories have in our lives. Knowing this week has been coming up, I have been thinking about the stories I have loved, and this reminded me of a favourite quote of mine. Neil Gaiman wrote, “Stories, like people and butterflies…

500 and counting…

This week we celebrated a milestone in BiBBS, our newest cohort study within the Born in Bradford family. Our recruitment team signed up our 500th pregnant woman to the cohort! This is a great step on our way to achieving our target of 5000 women over the next five years. We wanted to take a…