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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

  • About the Institute

    About the Institute
  • Forthcoming Events

    Forthcoming Events

Message from the Directorate

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (established 2001) exists to foster and disseminate the wide range of research undertaken at Durham University to improve human health and well-being. This is a truly multidisciplinary enterprise, spanning research across anthropology, biological and biomedical sciences, business, classics, education, engineering, geography, medicine and medical humanities, pharmacy, philosophy, psychology, social and community work, sociology, sport and theology. The Institute's research includes well-established strengths in research on primary care, public health, child development, cognitive neuroscience, medical anthropology, health geography, social work and medical humanities as well as exciting new developments in medical imaging, cardiology, health in the Global South, and mental health. The Institute works in partnership with the University's academic departments and research Centres, many of whose members are among the Institute's Fellows. The Institute has its main building on the University's Queen's Campus at Stockton-on-Tees. This impressive riverside campus is part of the transformation of an old industrial area into a world class location for education and research. It continues to contribute to the economic and social regeneration of the Tees Valley, and the Institute plays an important role in this respect through partnerships with the National Health Service, local government and community organisations. An important principle of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is that by working together we can achieve more than working separately. If you are interested in learning more about our work or how you might contribute to our aims we would welcome hearing from you.

“A soup of different inspirations” - Impact and co-produced research by the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Click here for more details. “A soup of different inspirations” - Impact and co-produced research by the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action


The Centre for Medical Humanities demonstrate how the Wolfson Research Institute's Centre funding can support activities to optimise outputs and research environment.

Click here for more details. The Centre for Medical Humanities demonstrate how the Wolfson Research Institute's Centre funding can support activities to optimise outputs and research environment.


Parkinson’s UK are today launching a new ‘Patient and Public Involvement: Resource for Researchers

Parkinson’s UK are today launching a new ‘Patient and Public Involvement: Resource for Researchers’ as part of an on-going project to increase the support we provide for researchers to effectively involve the perspective of patients and carers in research.

Click here for more details. Parkinson’s UK are today launching a new ‘Patient and Public Involvement: Resource for Researchers


Bed-sharing, babies, and the BMJ leads to new image bank! by Professor Helen Ball.

In Feb 2015 an editorial published in the British Medical Journal responded to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance on co-sleeping and SIDS issued a month or so beforehand (http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h563). While the editorial itself was uncontroversial, the same could not be said for the photo chosen to illustrate the piece, which was of a young baby sleeping next to his mother with his face pressed into a pillow. 

Click here for more details. Bed-sharing, babies, and the BMJ leads to new image bank! by Professor Helen Ball.


Forthcoming Book on Medical Confidentiality from the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

Privacy and medical confidentiality are currently issues of considerable public concern, especially regarding the management and sharing of patient information in health databases. A new monograph entitled Contesting Medical Confidentiality: Origins of the Debate in the United States, Britain, and Germany by Professor Andreas-Holger Maehle, the Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease (CHMD), Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, will come out with University of Chicago Press in autumn 2016.

Click here for more details. Forthcoming Book on Medical Confidentiality from the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease


Professor Bambra gives evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Enquiry

Click here for more details. Professor Bambra gives evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Enquiry


How neoliberal policies have made us sick

Neoliberal policies have caused ‘epidemics’ in obesity, stress, austerity and inequality, according to a new book by public health experts.

The authors of the book, from Durham University, argue that the UK’s neoliberal politics, often associated with the economic policies introduced by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, have increased inequalities and literally made people sick. To view the article in full please click here.


Role of politics in understanding complex, messy health systems

Rather than exclude politics from health, Fuse Deputy Director David Hunter argues that we must embrace it if we are to improve our complex health systems.

Click here for more details. Role of politics in understanding complex, messy health systems



 
 
 

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Contact Details

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