Established in 2000, CAHRU is dedicated to improving understanding of child and adolescent health in Scotland.

Cross-national comparisons and evaluation of health-related programmes and interventions are core aspects of our work and particular attention is given to young people's perceptions and the influence of social context. The effects of family, peers, socioeconomic circumstances and school are considered in relation to key determinants of health including physical activity, smoking, risk behaviours and mental health. The Unit has an important role as the International Coordinating Centre of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) World Health Organisation Collaborative Cross-national Study, which at present involves 45 countries across Europe and North America.

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Excellence in Pediatrics Keynote
03 Dec 2018

Jo Inchley has been invited to co-chair and give a keynote address at the 10th Excellence in Pediatrics conference in Prague, which attracts over 1000 conference delegates from more than 85 countries. The meeting runs from 6th-8th of December and will include 90+ scientific sessions across 5…

WHO Advisory Group for Global Adolescent Health Metrics
03 Dec 2018

Jo Inchley has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Advisory Group for Global Adolescent Health Metrics. She attended the first meeting in Geneva and presented insights from the HBSC study which now covers 49 countries across Europe and North America. The Advisory Group for Global Adolescent…

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