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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research Colloquium April 17th - April 18th 2013

17th April 2013, 12:00 to 18th April 2013, 13:00, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) is pleased to announce their first Research Colloquium to take place on Queen's Campus this April (17th - 18th).

The Colloquium will feature an exciting mixture of a keynote speaker and over 100 presentations (oral and poster) by Fellows and Postgraduate Associates of the Institute, in three parallel sessions organised according to the main themes of the Institute (Optimising Population Health, Tomorrow's Healthy Adults and Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing).


Please click here to open the programme for 17th and 18th April.

Abstract Booklet

To view the abstracts which will be presented by our Wolfson Fellows and Post Graduate Associates please click here to look at the pdf booklet in order to select which sessions you wish to attend. A hard copy of the booklet will be available in the conference packs which will be handed out at registration over the two days.


Registration has now closed for the Research Colloquium event.

Keynote Speaker


We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker on the 17th April is Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies. She has a background in applied policy research and for the past 15 years her research interests have centred on the evaluation of complex interventions to improve health, most notably smoking cessation and tobacco control interventions. She conducted the first study of the UK’s unique national smoking treatment services - NHS stop smoking services- when they were established in 1999. She has also played a significant role in the monitoring and evaluation of a range of recent tobacco control policies in the United Kingdom. This includes, for example, authoring the UK government's review of smoke-free legislation which was published in 2011 and playing a key role in developing national guidance on smoking cessation in pregnancy and on smoking prevention interventions. Linda is a former scientific advisor on tobacco control to the UK government (2006-2010) and a member of a number of public health advisory and funding committees in England and Scotland. She is currently chairing the NICE programme development group on tobacco harm reduction in the UK and is a member of the WHO guidelines group on the management of tobacco use and second hand smoke exposure in pregnancy.


"Incentivising behaviour change: emerging evidence from smoking cessation"

There is growing evidence regarding the potential benefits of financial incentives for behaviour change and in recent years the popularity and acceptability of these types of interventions has increased. In tobacco control, good evidence now exists regarding the efficacy of financial incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy, with some emerging evidence of the benefits of this approach for other groups of smokers. This presentation will outline findings from a number of recent reviews of the literature on financial incentives for smoking cessation and the role of different types of incentives in encouraging short and longer term abstinence. Emerging findings from an RCT of incentives for cessation in pregnancy, currently underway in Glasgow, will be included as will examples of incentive schemes recently piloted in other parts of the UK. Finally the presentation will explore the issue of unintended consequences arising from the provision of incentives and ask: how applicable are the findings from smoking to other areas of public health?


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