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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

List of months

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Wolfson Guest Lecture - “Design and methodological challenges in evaluating complex social interventions aimed at improving community health” by Professor David Dunt, University of Melbourne

1:00pm to 2:30pm, D010, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH

The Wolfson Research Institute and Centre for Medical Humanities are delighted to welcome Professor David Dunt, the founding director of the centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics within the Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. 

Contact linda.crowe@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


GoHWELL seminar: Risk, health, well-being and the global south: challenges of doing interdisciplinary work

1:30pm to 5:00pm, Geography Department, Durham University, South Road, Durham (room to be confirmed)

GoHWell Seminar:  Risk, health, well-being and the global south: challenges of doing interdisciplinary work, on Wednesday 27th October, from 1:30 to 5pm in the Geography Department - room to be confirmed. A light lunch will be served from 1pm. Speakers include:
  • Chris Dunn and Ann LeMare (geog dept): Natural resource management and health behaviours: reflections on doing interdisciplinary research in rural Tanzania.
  • Katie Oven (geog dept/IHRR): ‘Landslides aren't the problem here!' The trials and tribulations of interdisciplinary research on geophysical hazards.
  • Gina Porter and Kate Hampshire (anthropology dept): Exploring the impact of pedestrian load carrying on children's health and well-being in sub-Saharan Africa: building interdisciplinary perspectives

The seminar will be chaired by Mark Booth from the Wolfson Research Institute. More details will follow shortly.

If you would like to attend this seminar, please contact Rachel Pears  (r.j.pears@durham.ac.uk).

Contact r.j.pears@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 23 October 2010

Happy Talk at Durham Book Festival

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Durham Town, Durham City, Bobby Baker, Gwyneth Lewis, Havi Carel & More

 

Happiness: everyone is talking about it, but do we really know what it means? As part of the Durham Book Festival, the CMH presents "Happy Talk" - a debate on the value, meaning, and potential pitfalls of society's obsession with happiness. Featuring performance artist Bobby Baker, poet Gwyneth Lewis, and philosopher Havi Carel. Saturday 23 October, 3.30pm - 5pm.

For details see www.bookfestival.org.uk.

 

Contact polly.degiorgi@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 15 October 2010

Centre for the History of Medicine & Disease Seminar - 'Selfish genes, nasty parasites and helpful stem cells - metaphors in the public perception of genetic research' by Professor Andreas Musolff

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Room F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH


The Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease is delighted to invite you to a Seminar given by Professor Andreas Musolff, Professor of Intercultural Communication at the University of East Anglia.

Abstract

The paper analyses the role of metaphor and simile in representations of evolution and genetics in British and German popular science and media publications. It focuses on anthro- and sociomorphic imagery used to interpret concepts such as "gene", "parasite", and "stem cell". Such metaphors are often presented as being imbued with scientific authority; furthermore, they are used in public debates about science policy (e.g. on research funding, regulation, ethics). However, these non-expert uses are often influenced by conceptual and discourse traditions that have little to do with scientific definitions or even their mainstream popularized versions but rely on pre-modern and non-scientific source input. In conclusion, we ask which problems this influence of metaphors on the popularized image of genetic research presents for expert/non-expert communication and public debate on research policy.

Lunch will be provided, therefore please contact rachel.simpson@durham.ac.uk or on 0191 3340700to advise your attendance.

 

Contact rachel.simpson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 14 October 2010

SPIRE Seminar - 'Evaluation to uncover ways to compose, substantiate, and make real; knowledge about people with dementia'

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Room A14, Holliday Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH , Speaker: Ethna Parker

 

The SPIRE (Support and Partnership for Ideas, Research and Empowerment) network invites you to attend a seminar lead by Ethna Parker, entitled "Using evaluation to uncover ways to compose, substantiate, and make real; knowledge about people with dementia".

The seminar commences with lunch at 12:00 and is expected to close at 14:00.

Contact Valerie Heard to reserve a place:-
Val Heard
Research Administrator
Research & Development Department
Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS FoundationTrust
TAD Centre
Ormesby Road
Middlesbrough
TS3 7SF
Office Tel: 01642 516981

Contact valerie.heard@tewv.nhs.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 11 October 2010

Professor Greg Rubin’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture

6:15pm, D003 Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton


Professor Greg Rubin and Wolfson Fellow is to give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture.

Contact j.m.walsh@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 6 October 2010

Gohwell Seminar - Environmental justice and health: the socio-spatial distribution of multiple environmental deprivation and health inequalities in the UK by Dr Jamie Pearce, University of Edinburgh

2:00pm to 5:00pm, Room W007, Geography Department, Durham University


Geographies of Health and Well-being guest seminar by Dr Jamie Pearce,  University of Edinburgh

Chair: Dr Mylene Riva

Abstract: Understanding persistent and increasing spatial inequalities in health is an important field of academic enquiry. One potential driver is the disparity in exposure to key characteristics of the physical environment that are either health promoting or health damaging. While the framework of 'environmental justice' has long been used to consider whether disadvantaged groups bear a disproportionate burden of environmental disamenities, perhaps surprisingly, the research fields of environmental justice and health inequalities have remained largely separate realms.

This presentation will report on recently completed research that considered the confluence of environmental characteristics that potentially function as key mechanisms to account for the socio-economic gradient in health outcomes in the UK. The findings emphasise the importance of considering the social and political processes that lead to socially disadvantaged populations bearing a disproportionate burden of multiple environmental deprivation.

A light lunch will be served before the seminar. For catering purposes, please advise Rachel Pears of your attendance.

Geography Location: Building No: 40 on this map.

Contact r.j.pears@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 1 October 2010

Acknowledging and addressing uncertainties about the effects of clinical treatments - Guest lecture by Sir Iain Chalmers

1:00pm to 2:30pm, D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH


Abstract


Patients have suffered and died because uncertainties about the effects of treatments have not been addressed. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the General Medical Council's guidance insists that doctors "must work with colleagues and patients to help resolve uncertainties about the effects of treatments". The James Lind Initiative is addressing this challenge in three ways:
(i) the James Lind Library (www.jameslindlibrary.org) is a website explaining for the public the rationale for and characteristics of fair tests of treatment;
(ii) the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (www.library.nhs.uk/duets) harvests and publishes treatment uncertainties; 
(iii) the James Lind Alliance (www.lindalliance.org) facilitates research priority setting partnerships involving patients, carers and clinicians. Iain Chalmers will present the work of these three elements of the James Lind Initiative.

Biography

Sir Iain Chalmers qualified in medicine in the mid-1960s. He practised as a clinician for seven years in the UK and the Gaza Strip, and then became a full time health services researcher with a particular interest in assessing the effects of health care. Between 1978 and 1992 he was founding director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (www.npeu.ox.ac.uk). Between 1992 and 2002 he was founding director of the UK Cochrane Centre, which convened the meeting that inaugurated the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org), a not-for-profit, international organization that prepares, maintains and publishes systematic reviews of the effects of health care interventions. Since 2003, Iain Chalmers has coordinated the James Lind Initiative to promote public and professional acknowledgement of uncertainties about the effects of healthcare interventions, and research to address these uncertainties. The principal components of the James Lind Initiative are The James Lind Library (www.jameslindlibrary.org), which explains and illustrates the rationale for and characteristics of fair tests of healthcare interventions; the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (UK DUETs) (www.library.nhs.uk/duets); and the James Lind Alliance (www.lindalliance.org), which promotes research priority setting partnerships of patients, carers and clinicians. Iain Chalmers was knighted for services to healthcare in 2000.

Timings

12:30 - Tea/coffee refreshments on arrival
13:00 - Welcome by Professor Tim Blackman, Director Wolfson Research Institute
13:05 - Guest lecture by Sir Iain Chalmers
14:00 - Questions and Answers
14:30 - Close

Venue

D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

Directions

By Road
Rail Information
Campus Map - Ebworth is denoted by building No: 3

To register your attendance please click here.

If you require any additional information please contact Linda Crowe on 0191 334 0013

Contact linda.crowe@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.