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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

List of months

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Exhibition: The Foetus Goes Public - Images of the Unborn from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century

Holliday Building (Upper Rotunda), Queen's Campus, Durham University

An exhibition of the history of the public images of embryos and foetuses.

'The Foetus Goes Public' looks at how images of embryos and foetuses shape our understanding of life and reproduction.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place at 1.30 pm on Friday 7th October 2011. The exhibition will run until 9th December 2011.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public lectures, as follows:

Professor John McLachlan, 'Imaging the Embryo', (Friday 21st October 2011, 12:45 pm, Holliday Building, room A11).

Dr Nadja Reissland, 'Fetal Crying: Is the Fetal Cry Face Gestalt Associated with Prenatal Depression and Attachment?', (Friday 11th November 2011, 10.00 am, Wolfson Research Institute, room F009).

Dr Sebastian Pranghofer, 'Personhood Before Birth? Early Modern Images of the Unborn', (Friday 25th November 2011, 10.45 am, Holliday Building, room A12 ).

Entry to the exhibition and lectures is free.


Tuesday 29 November 2011

Qualitative Health Research Group Seminar: 'I haven't spoken to anyone like this since my psychiatrist': researching long term Incapacity Benefit recipients by Kayleigh Garthwaite

12:15pm to 2:00pm, Room A13, Holliday Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH

The Qualitative Health Research Group is delighted to confirm the first of this term's seminars:

Date: Tuesday 29th November at 12:15 - 14:00

Venue: Room A13, Holliday Building, Queen's Campus.

Seminar Title: "I haven't spoken to anyone like this since my psychiatrist": researching long term Incapacity Benefit recipients.

Kayleigh Garthwaite

Abstract: Incapacity Benefit (IB) receipt is a salient issue in academic literature, the media and wider society, particularly at the moment with ongoing welfare reform. But what is it really like to be on IB long term? Through in-depth narrative interviews with long term IB recipients, this study explores the lived biographical reality of receiving IB, from detailed health and illness narratives to employment histories. This talk will discuss the methodological issues raised during qualitative exploration of this vulnerable, ‘hard to reach' group, including the relationship between the researcher and the researched, notions of trust, and how stigma and identity play a role in the research process. To conclude, the research suggests that despite the fact people often felt stigmatised by receiving benefits, largely they found talking about their issues during the research process to be beneficial to them - not just as they had someone to listen to their narratives, but because often it made them feel ‘useful' and ‘valued'.

To book a place please RSVP to Jon Warren, who will be chairing this session.

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Monday 28 November 2011

5th North East Conference on Sexual Violence: ‘What should justice for survivors of sexual violence entail?

F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

The fifth in a series of annual conferences in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will take place on Monday 28th November 2011 at the Wolfson Research Institute.

This year's themes are:

  • Rape in the North East: cases going through the criminal justice system (Professor Marianne Hester, University of Bristol)
  • Sexual Violence: Compensation Matters (Prof. Jill Radford and Ms Vera Baird QC, Astraea: Gender Justice) 
  • Independent Legal Representation for rape survivors - delivering justice or just raising expectations? (Prof. Fiona Raitt, University of Dundee) 
  • Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence: exploring the possibilities (Prof. Clare McGlynn, Durham University)

These conferences have been organised by Durham University and funded by Northern Rock Foundation.

For more information please contact Dr. Nicole Westmarland.

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Friday 25 November 2011

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Clare Bambra: 'Work, Worklessness and the Political Economy of Health'

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

The Wolfson Research Institute is delighted to welcome its Acting Director, Professor Clare Bambra to deliver her inaugural lecture 'Work, Worklessness and the Political Economy of Health' on Friday 25th November 2011. 

To book your place please use the attached link .


  • 12:30 - Tea/coffee available: Ebsworth Reception
  • 13:00 - Welcome & introduction by Vice Chancellor & Warden, Professor Christopher Higgins
  • 13:05 - Inaugural lecture by Professor Clare Bambra
  • 14:00 - Questions & Answers
  • 14:30 - Light refreshments

Work and worklessness are central to our health and wellbeing and are the underlying determinants of health inequalities. Drawing on international research from public health, social policy, epidemiology, geography and political science, this lecture will demonstrate how the material and psychosocial conditions in which we work have immense consequences for our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as for the distribution of population health. Recessions, job-loss, insecurity and unemployment also have important ramifications for the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Chronic illness is itself a significant cause of worklessness and low pay. However, countries with a more regulated work environment and a more interventionist and supportive welfare system have better health and smaller work-related health inequalities. Specific examples of policies and interventions that can mitigate the ill-health effects of work and worklessness are also discussed and the lecture concludes by asserting the importance of politics and policy choices in the aetiology of health and health inequalities.

Clare Bambra is Professor of Public Health Policy and Acting Director of the Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University's interdisciplinary research institute on health and wellbeing. She is a member of the Geographies of Health and Wellbeing research group (GoHWell). Clare studied political science (BSocSc, Birmingham) and comparative public policy (MA, PhD, Manchester) before moving into public health research. Her research is highly inter-disciplinary, applying theories and methods from the social sciences to epidemiology and public health. Her research focuses on health inequalities and the social determinants of health. She has three main areas of interest: (1) labour markets and the relationships between work, worklessness and health; (2) the influence of welfare state policies and political structures on international variations in public health and health inequalities; (3) Tackling health inequalities by addressing the wider social determinants of health.

Places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt

For any further assistance please contact Linda Crowe  or telephone 0191 334 0013. 

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

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Wednesday 16 November 2011

PHINE Network Meeting

9:00am to 12:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, DH1 3LH

The next PHINE network event will take place at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, DH1 3LH on November 16th 2011.

The event will begin at 9:30am with tea and coffee being available from 9:00am. A buffet lunch will be served at 12pm.

To confirm your wish to attend this event please use the sign up function online before November 14th.

Network Sessions

• Clinical commissioning groups - Julie Ross Strategic Head of Commissioning and Primary Care, SHA
• Health and wellbeing boards - Ruth Hill Assistant Director of Health Improvement for Stockton
• Lean to improve the pathway for chest X-ray requests from primary care - Professor Greg Rubin Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, Durham University
• Needs assessment work for gypsies and travellers in County Durham - Ken Ross Public Health Specialist Immunisation and Vaccination Coordinator, Public Health County Durham and Darlington
• An introduction to HES and its uses - Barbara Coyle Senior Information and Research Manager, NEPHO

CPD Session

There will be a presentation from NYCRIS - further details to follow.


  • 09.00 - Tea and Coffee 09.30 - Welcome and introduction from the Chair
  • 09.50 - Network café sessions
  • 11.20 - Tea and coffee
  • 11.30 - CPD: Cancer Information
  • 12.00 - Lunch

PHINE Network Event Survey

At PHINE we are always looking for ways to improve the value of the network and feedback is welcome at any time through the contact form on We have designed this short survey to specifically ask PHINE members what they think of our network events.

The survey should take less than five minutes to complete and is entirely confidential. We would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to give us your views.

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Postgraduate Poster Event and Wolfson Fellows Lunch

12:30pm to 2:30pm, The Street, Wolfson Research Institute

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Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar: Medicine for the Mind by Dr Neil Pickering, University of Otago and Visiting Fellow

5:15pm, St Chad's Chapel, Durham University, Durham City

In this seminar Dr Pickering will be asking how we may understand mental illness. For the purposes of this seminar, the question arises from and is given its particular form by the example of J.S. Mill. In the winter of 1826-7, Mill had what could be diagnosed as a Major Depressive Episode. But Mill's account of his experiences in his Autobiography is many aspected. His experiences are like a cloud - something (a disease?) visited on him, which might in due course pass. But this was also an intellectual crisis. Yet he found reading Wordsworth was 'a medicine for my state of mind'. The seminar will seek to explore what might be inferred about mental illness from this convergence of different ideas.

Seminars are open to all and there will be the opportunity for further discussion following the seminars over wine and canapés in St. Chad's SCR.

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Thursday 10 November 2011

SPIRE Seminar: 'Research in Religion, Spirituality and Health: Theoretical and Clinical Implication' by Dr Simon Dein, UCL

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

We take pleasure in inviting you to join us for the SPIRE (Support and Partnership for Ideas, Research and Empowerment) seminar.

Title: 'Research in Religion, Spirituality and Health: Theoretical and Clinical Implication'

Speaker: Dr Simon Dein, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, University College, London and Honorary Professor, University of Durham

Biography: Simon Dein is a senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, University College, London and Honorary Professor, University of Durham. He has published widely on religion and health and Jewish millennialism. His PhD from University College London examined religious healing among Orthodox Jews in London. He is the editor of the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture. He is an honorary Consultant psychiatrist in Essex.

Date and time: 10th November 2011 from 12 noon till 2.00 pm with lunch provided

Venue: Wolfson Seminar Room F009, Queen's Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

Please confirm attendance for catering purposes to:

Val Heard
R&D Administrator
Research & Development Office
TAD Centre
Ormesby Road
Tel: 01642 516981
Fax: 01642 243734

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Monday 7 November 2011

Wolfson Research Institute - Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Research Institute

Wolfson Research Institute Monthly Coffee Morning will be held on Monday 7 November 2011 at 10:30am in the Wolfson Street.

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Friday 4 November 2011

Wolfson Guest Lecture:Disabled People and Employment Activation:'Confronting Industrialised Virtues or Challenging Refractory Minds and Bodies' by Professor Alan Roulstone

1:00pm to 2:30pm, Room F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

The Wolfson Research Institute is delighted to welcome Professor Alan Roulstone to deliver a lecture on "Disabled People and Employment Activation: Confronting Industrialised Virtues or Challenging Refractory Minds and Bodies"

Sick and disabled people have faced major barriers to the world of paid work. Myriad attempts to increase disabled people's access to paid work have sat alongside longer run economic, social and cultural forces that risk the ontological invalidation of many forms of bodily and/or intellectual difference. The limited success of employment programmes can be interpreted in a number of ways. The lack of a powerful vocational profession in disability employment support, tensions in employment and benefits policy, employer attitudes, cherry-picking approaches and social capital deficits are highlighted as possible explanations. The extent to which the attribution of the problem fails/succeeds in comprehending barriers to paid work is clearly essential if greater access and retention in paid work is made available. This lecture will reflect on the longer run interpretations of those factors which structure access to work-economically, socially and cognitively. The early attempts to erase refractory elements in the industrialisation process (for all workers) holds some clues as to continued labour market exclusion. The birth and impact of formal legal equality structures, ones essentially overlaying more substantive issues of social equity, are still perhaps not fully understood. The lecture will also reflect on those more recent policy and programme developments and their influence on disabled people and the world of work. Social policy, sociological, economic history and medical history insights will be drawn on to substantiate the arguments being made. The lecture will provide a cautiously optimistic assessment of the future of work for disabled people. It will however argue that we need to reimagine and widen socially valorised notions of work if we are to see disabled people go beyond notions of refractory and categorically unwelcome identities.

Professor Roulstone is an internationally leading researcher in disability policy and practice. He is currently Professor in Applied Social Sciences at Northumbria University and was previously, Head of Social Sciences research and Head of Research (sub-dean) in the Health and Life Sciences Faculty at the De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has previously held senior posts at the university of Sunderland and was Deputy Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow. He has been involved in numerous research projects around adult health and social care, disability, social exclusion, transitions to work and adulthood, chronic illness, new technologies and social futures, older people, and disability law. Funders include SCIE, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Department of Health, Disability Rights Commission (now EHRC), European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, Regional Development Agencies, and UNESCO.

Professor Roulstone has produced over 60 publications in the field of social care, social inclusion, disability benefits, disability, equality and employment policy. He has gained an internationally leading reputation in the studies and published works on disabled people in the workplace including his works Thriving and Surviving at Work (2003), Enabling Technology (1998) and Working Futures (2005). Alan has published five books and is currently completing five further books including an edited collection on disablist hate crime (Routledge, with Hannah Mason-Bish, 2012), a handbook of disability studies (Routledge with Nick Watson and Carol Thomas, 2012) Understanding Disability Policy and Practice (Policy Press and the SPA with Simon Prideaux, 2012), and Disability: Themes and Perspectives, (with Nick Watson, Sage).

He is an executive editor of the internationally leading disability journal 'Disability and Society' and was review editor of the forthcoming World Health Organisation 'World Report on Disability' (2010).

12:30 - Tea/Coffee Refreshments available (Ebsworth Reception)
13:00 - Welcome
13:05 - Lecture commences
14:00 - Questions and answers
14:30 - Close

Online registration is now open: to book a place please click here

If you have any questions please contact Linda Crowe by email or on 0191 334 0013.


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