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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.


The key to unlocking lockdown

(12 June 2020)

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

Led by Wolfson Fellows Dr Camila Caiado from our Mathematical Sciences department and Professor Brian Castellani from Sociology, the work involves using data and statistics to predict outcomes, known as predictive modelling.

The models can be used by hospitals to support planning for critical care capacity and to investigate effectiveness of treatment for different groups of patients.

Our research is particularly relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen cases and transmission rates vary across regions in England.

While places such as London experienced a high number of cases early on in the crisis, areas such as the North East of England have ‘peaked’ much later.

Local level insights are crucial because they can help to develop more realistic short and medium-term predictions that inform strategies to exit lockdown. 

While national models have been helpful in predicting worst-case scenarios throughout the pandemic, a regional approach takes into account different health needs and how these vary across the country.

It is now planned that the models will be used to support decision making around the re-opening of suspended non-critical services, such as elective (non-urgent) surgery, as well as curbing the future spread of the virus.

The work is a part of a long-standing partnership with the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) North East and North Cumbria, an organisation which works with regional health organisations.

In the future, we hope to work with all trusts in the region on the longer-term planning of health and social care.

Durham is home to the highly-regarded Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. Our research excellence makes us well-placed to tackle today’s health challenges, ensuring our health research expertise makes a real difference.

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Contact Details

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

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