Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, established in 2001, conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary research on health and wellbeing across all three University Faculties. We support a community of over 150 Fellows, 15 Research Centres and 9 Special Interest Groups across almost all of the University's departments and schools.

Vision

"The Beginning, Middle and End"

  • Understanding a problem.
  • Understanding how it manifests itself in the individual and in the community.
  • Understanding ways in which we can mediate the problem effecting change via evidenced interventions.

Strategy

The first way we do this by identifying themes across Durham University in an interdisciplinary fashion, encouraging dialogue and interaction in discussion, evidence gathering, evaluation and interpretation.

The second way is to target a societal question or problem and collate and gather Durham University research expertise to address the issue from an interdisciplinary approach.

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Current News

We are delighted to be part of the North East and North Cumbria’s Applied Research Collaboration (ARC).

(11 Jul 2019) » More about We are delighted to be part of the North East and North Cumbria’s Applied Research Collaboration (ARC).


Why elite cyclists should talk to astronauts

It is well known that the bones of astronauts can become weak from being in space. But did you know that elite cyclists can lose a similar amount of bone density during a racing season?

(3 Apr 2019) » More about Why elite cyclists should talk to astronauts


#icanpreventdelirium Conference March 2019

Delirium is a very common, but refractory clinical state, notably present in intensive care and in the growing ageing community. Over 20% of hospital patients and 10% of nursing home residents suffer from this condition which is characterized by fluctuating disturbances in a number of key behavioural features, namely cognition, mood, attention, arousal, and self-awareness. This can be very frightening for patients and their families and results in extended hospital stays, with effects that can be long-lasting after discharge. Dr Paul Chazot, associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences, who has experience delirium first-hand, recently presented new work at the 2019 #icanpreventdelirium conference (over 300 attendees) in County Durham

(14 Mar 2019) » More about #icanpreventdelirium Conference March 2019


Should fish and chips portions be smaller? by Wolfson Fellow Dr Frances Hillier Brown

(11 Feb 2019) » More about Should fish and chips portions be smaller? by Wolfson Fellow Dr Frances Hillier Brown


Research with the general public consistently shows that people don't understand the severity of Parkinson's

(14 Jan 2019) » More about Research with the general public consistently shows that people don't understand the severity of Parkinson's


North-South divide in chronic pain

England has a North-South ‘pain divide’, with a clear geographical split in the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain and the use of potentially addictive opioid pain killers, shows new research.

The study involving researchers from Durham University is published in the online journal BMJ Open.

(12 Sep 2018) » More about North-South divide in chronic pain


Pre-announcement: 18ALERT: Mid-Range Equipment Initiative

(16 Aug 2018) » More about Pre-announcement: 18ALERT: Mid-Range Equipment Initiative


Peppermint essential oil with high levels of menthol positively modulate performance on demanding cognitive tasks

(14 Aug 2018) » More about Peppermint essential oil with high levels of menthol positively modulate performance on demanding cognitive tasks


Contact Details

Wolfson Research Institute
Durham University Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
Thornaby
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH
Tel: + 44 (0)191 334 0699

Royal prize for Parent-Infant Sleep Lab