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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

List of months

Wednesday 29 September 2010

SPIRE Seminar - 'Smoking and schizophrenia; what works in helping people to quit'

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Room F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH, Speaker: Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York

People with schizophrenia die 25 years earlier than those without and the single most important (and modifiable) cause is smoking.

Smoking cessation services and policies have developed apace, but people with severe mental health problems are not well served.  This is a major health inequality.

This talk will look at the social and cultural determinants of smoking in severe mental illness and will reiew evidence of 'what work'.

This event will be of interest to service users and carers, clinicians in primary and secondary mental health care, researchers in smoking cessation and public health.

Please confirm attendance with Val Heard, Research Administrator (contact details as below and attached) to reserve a place and ensure lunch provision. 

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Friday 24 September 2010

Progress in Paediatric Parastiology - 2 day symposium

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Queen's Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

A 2 day symposium bringing you up-to-date on many issues of parasitic infection research in children.

23rd-24th September 2010, Queen's Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees.

Parasitic infections continue to exert an important impact on global public health, especially amongst children. In this Autumn Symposium, organised by the British Society for Parasitology in partnership with the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 14 internationally respected parasitologists will deliver high-quality presentations on a wide range of parasitic infections that affect children in both developing countries and industrialised nations.

Topics for presentation include:

• Clinical presentations of protozoan infections
• New diagnostic tools for malaria
• HIV and helminth infections
• Safe drugs

Updates from research into specific parasite infections will include presentations on geohelminthiasis, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, cryptosporidiosis and filariasis.

The Symposium will be relevant for academic researchers and research students, medical students and professionals. The registration fee of £140 (discounts available to BSP and RSTMH members) will give access to scientific sessions on both days, refreshments, lunch and a conference dinner on the 23rd.

Further information, including the Symposium programme, accommodation options and online registration, is available at

The local organiser is Mark Booth (


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Leading the way to pioneering research - South Tees R&D Management Conference

8:30am to 4:00pm, The Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Park, Billingham, Teesside

You are invited to attend this one-day conference which aims to promote the benefits of research, developing research ideas, grant applications processes, as well as a forum for networking amongst researchers.

In addition there will be interactive workshops, talks from trust researchers and the opportunity to submit a poster for exhibition with a prize for the best poster submitted.

Workshops include:
Matching the physical sciences to clinical needs
Research design service and the Durham clinical trials unit
Research design service, public patient involvement
Phlexglobal, planning and managing clinical trials.

For the full conference programme and registration details please click on the linked document below:-

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Thursday 16 September 2010

Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Myth, Authority and Healing Power

9:00am to 5:00pm, St. John's College, Durham

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics in theology, philosophy, anthropology and psychiatry, as well as practitioners and professionals (including doctors, counsellors, MHNs, religious ministers and those who work in faith communities) who would benefit from and contribute to dialogue in these areas.

 Additional information can be found at:

Contact Anatasis Scrutton ( for more information about this event.

Saturday 11 September 2010

Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness

Collingwood College, Durham University, Durham City

This is the concluding conference of the project 'Emotions and Feelings in Psychiatric Illness', funded by a Research Network grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, awarded to Matthew Ratcliffe (Philosophy, Durham) and Anthony Atkinson (Psychology, Durham).

Speakers include: Lisa Bortolotti, Giovanna Colombetti, Rachel Cooper, Bill Fulford, Shaun Gallagher, Philip Gerrans, Jessica Hobson, Peter Hobson, Daniel Hutto, Iain Law, Nick Medford, Mary Phillips, James Russell, Louis Sass, Achim Stephan, Tim Thornton, Peter Woodruff, Angela Woods, Garry Young.

A provisional programme is available at:

Conference Registraiton Deadline: 27th August**

You can register here:

Places at the conference are limited, but there are some places left so register as soon as possible.

We are pleased to offer a very low conference fee of £90 for the whole event (£50 postgraduate and unwaged), which includes lunches, teas and coffees. For an additional £35, participants can attend a conference banquet at Durham Castle on the evening of Thursday 9th September. The fee does not include accommodation, but good quality college accommodation is available from £28.50 per night.

Project website:

Friday 10 September 2010

Community-University Collaborations: Exploring Models, Sharing Good Practice Conference

11:00am to 4:00pm, Holgate House, Grey College, Durham University

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Thursday 9 September 2010

SPIRE Seminar - ''I'm coming here to get help for my daughter. I'm not coming here to sit in a hotel waiting area'...Representations of the build and space for users of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Wolfson Seminar Room F009, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH, Speaker: Dr. Sarah Crafter (University of Northampton)

We take pleasure in inviting you to join us at the next in the series of SPIRE (Support and Partnership for Ideas, Research and Empowerment) seminars.

Title: "I'm coming here to get help for my daughter. I'm not coming here to sit in a hotel waiting area"... Representations of the build and space for users of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Crafter (University of Northampton)

Date and time: 9th September 2010 from 12 noon till 2.00 pm with lunch provided 

Dr. Sarah Crafter is a Senior Lecturer whose teaching revolves around developmental and educational psychology and qualitative research methods. She teaches psychology at undergraduate level as well as lecturing and coordinating modules for the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Her doctoral work focused on home and school mathematics learning in multiethnic schools. She has also conducted research on constructions of child development in child workers, particularly focusing on young caring and language brokering.

More recent work and that to be presented at the seminar, has been on a study evaluating the opinions of the build and space environment in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Dr Crafter sits on the British Psychological Society ‘Psychology of Women's Section' and belongs to a Special Interest Group on Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts (part of EARLI).

Please confirm if you can attend with Val Heard (email details below). 

Contact for more information about this event.