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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 140 Fellows, 14 Research Centres and 7 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

Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre announce new training webinars

(6 Jul 2020) » More about Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre announce new training webinars


Pain SIG: Ten Footsteps to living well with pain

(16 Jun 2020) » More about Pain SIG: Ten Footsteps to living well with pain


Wolfson Fellow Inaugural Professorial Lecture: 17th June 15.00 - Professor Andrew Russell - Shape Shifting Substance from South America: Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Tobacco. ALL WELCOME

What we voluntarily or involuntarily inhale is a matter of particular concern in current circumstances, and a challenge to Enlightenment assumptions about the relationships and agency of human and non-human beings. Tobacco is a plant that has spread rapidly around the world during the past 500 years, its progress fuelled by its addictive properties, a murky colonial history and its contemporary exploitation by the forces of corporate and state-sponsored capitalism. Taking my cue from indigenous cosmologies and its evolutionary and deep history in South America, this lecture will present tobacco as a plant with shape-shifting abilities and the uncanny ability to infiltrate and shape the diverse political, economic and human contexts in which it finds itself. I shall focus on issues of production as well as consumption, embodied cognition and non-human voice.

(16 Jun 2020) » More about Wolfson Fellow Inaugural Professorial Lecture: 17th June 15.00 - Professor Andrew Russell - Shape Shifting Substance from South America: Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Tobacco. ALL WELCOME


The key to unlocking lockdown

Our experts are developing models to help regional health services predict and understand outcomes for Covid-19 patients.

(12 Jun 2020) » More about The key to unlocking lockdown


Executive Director releases new book revealing the true story behind headaches

(11 Jun 2020) » More about Executive Director releases new book revealing the true story behind headaches


Durham Covid-19 Study - Get Involved

A team of researchers at the Department of Sociology, Durham University, are currently conducting a study to learn about how families (in the broad sense) in the UK have been coping with the lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19. We really hope you can help us by completing this online survey! https://durhamsociology.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Fd1wmwtStHkhG5 

(29 Apr 2020) » More about Durham Covid-19 Study - Get Involved


Wolfson En'light'en project is brightening up the lives of hospital patients

A unique art project using special glass to mimic how light changes during the day inside a hospital, plus images of beautiful North East scenes projected onto the walls of an intensive care ward, is boosting the health of patients in the region.

(28 Oct 2019) » More about Wolfson En'light'en project is brightening up the lives of hospital patients


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).


Contact Details

Wolfson Research Institute
Durham University Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
Thornaby
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH
Tel: + 44 (0)191 334 0013

Royal prize for Parent-Infant Sleep Lab