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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.


"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.


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.


Executive Director releases new book revealing the true story behind headaches

(11 June 2020)

Written by our Executive DIrector, Professor Amanda Ellison, Splitting tells the fascinating true story about headaches, and the secrets they reveal about your brain and overall health.

Did you know...
- chocolate doesn't give you a headache - and may in fact prevent one happening?
- 30% of us sneeze at sunlight?
- you can see off a headache with an orgasm?
- that you shouldn't wear a striped top if your spouse gets migraines?

From migraines to sinus pain to tension headaches – and everything in between – Splitting separates fact from fiction, putting you in control and helping you practise habits that will protect you from headache.

Contact Details

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

Royal prize for Parent-Infant Sleep Lab