International Activity

International Activity 2019

International appointments:

Professor Suzanne Hagen has been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Associated Faculty of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 30 2022.

Professor Marian Brady is an Honorary Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia and has Honorary Life Membership of the Stroke Society of Australasia.

Professor Doreen McClurg Chairs two international committees: The Physiotherapy Committee of the International Continence Society, and the Bowel, Bladder and Sexual Dysfunction special interest group of RIMS, - Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis. 

International collaborations (external to funded research collaborations):

Professor Suzanne Hagen and Mr Andy Elders are formal collaborators with the Gothenburg Continence Research Centre, Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professor Pat Hoddinott is working with colleagues at La Trobe University and the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group to develop a core outcome set for trials that aim to support breastfeeding. 

International awards:


Kathryn VandenBerg received an award from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (USA) for her work on peer support for people with aphasia. The award gives preference to research students in the USA making her success all the more noteworthy!


Kris McGIll was Shortlisted for the Society for Clinical Trials Thomas C. Chalmers Student Award  4th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference and the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials for his submission: McGill K, Godwin J, Sackley C, Brady MC. Efficiency of Recruitment to Stroke Rehabilitation Randomised Controlled Trials: Secondary Analysis of Recruitment Data.

International research projects:

Professor Marian Brady has led the RELEASE study which has gathered data from Stroke trials from across 28 participating countries.

Dr Anne Whittaker is working with Professor Tim Stockwell, Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) on a CSO funded study. Professor Stockwell is considered the world leading expert on minimum alcohol pricing. 

Global Health Challenges research:

We are also rising to the Global Health Challenges identified by some funders as a priority. Dr Edward Duncan has received MRC funding to develop a community-based prevention and first-response programme intervention to reduce traffic related trauma in Malawi and other sub-Saharan African countries.

Professor Helen Cheyne, Professor Margaret Maxwell and Dr Fiona Harris have applied for funding to consolidate and expand our existing partnerships in maternal and child mental health with partners in South East Asia with the aim of co-creating interventions which fit the clinical, political and cultural context of care in South East Asia.

We see these international collaborations on global health challenges as a two way street where we can share the great work we do in Scotland and the UK but also bring back learning from other communities who often have to be highly innovative in developing services with limited resources and challenging environments. There can also be lessons for ‘sustainable development’ which remains a challenge within our health system.