"Asking new questions, finding innovative solutions in an interdisciplinary context to make a difference to health"
Our research is unique in that it provides a holistic evidence base encompassing methodologies across science, social science and arts & humanities. For example, a disease pathway may be investigated using biological, chemical and physical markers, psychosocial issues such as social status, education, familial structure through to measures of belief and experience. By taking this 360 degree view of an issue, its influences and effects, we can better create interventions, evidence their efficacy thus targeting their employment. Our goal is to help all of the people all of the time, instead of some of the people some of the time reducing unnecessary burden on the healthcare system and fruitless treatments in patients.
Durham University research teams address issues that affect humanity across the life-course and have the capability to speak to every point of a person’s life. From evidence for safe sleeping in babies thus reducing the incidence of SIDS to the development of an app to restore visual function in the elderly following stroke, our award winning research covers 360 degrees of the human experience throughout their life, putting people at the heart of our enquiry.
Research questions addressed by Durham University academics are related to issues occurring regionally, nationally and internationally. By finding ways to cross fertilise methodologies and refine methodologies across these scales, we can ensure a 360 degree approach to global challenges now and in the future. One example of this is our world renowned work in infectious diseases, much of which is related to sub-Saharan disease. However, this work is informed by more local findings relating to co-morbidities and antibiotic effectiveness (e.g. infection in diabetes).
Through close collaboration of our three health related research institutes (Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing; Institute for Medical Humanities and the Biophysical Sciences Institute) we will constantly look for ways to support a 360 degree approach to issues related to health and wellbeing. Our problems do not live in isolation, the main reason why there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Understanding all of the influences on human health and wellbeing by marshalling our disciplinary and interdisciplinary findings will ensure Durham University remains a world leader in providing the evidence base that is required to help every human, everywhere.
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