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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wednesday 23 March 2011

Centre for Medical Humanities: The Lost Generation Project with Simone Flavelle

5:15pm to 7:00pm, St. Chad’s Chapel, Durham University, Durham


The Lost Generation Project is about finding the lost stories of people with intellectual disabilities, many who have been institutionalised for most of their lives. It is about hearing these stories and recognising and celebrating people who have traditionally been socially isolated.The project revolves around the central aims of assisting the core participants, people with intellectual disabilities, to connect to their communities through arts and culture.The Lost Generation Project has found unique people from across Australia and provided them with the technology and skills to tell their stories on film. Each core project participant or storyteller is offered the opportunity to make a short film that tells their story.Simone Flavelle is the Manager/Executive Producer of this project and she will be giving us the opportunity to see some of these films, an experience that cannot be underestimated. Storytellers have been ‘found' through their films and we need to ensure they do not become ‘lost' again.

The event will commence at 17:15 and close at 19:00 with wine and canapes in the SCR.

To register your attendance please contact Polly De Giorgi on 0191 3347008 or email below.


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Tuesday 22 March 2011

North East Conference on Vision sponsored by the Wolfson Research Institute

10:00am to 6:30pm, St Mary's College and Grey College, Durham University

The Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition (Durham University) and the Institute of Neuroscience (Newcastle University) invite you to a 2-day conference covering topics such as Colour perception, Depth & Motion perceptionObject, Face & Body representation and Attention & Memory.

The conference offers specialists and non-specialists in vision an overview of the research going on in the North East of England ranging from animal behaviour, human psychophysics, human neuroimaging, primate pharmacology, human neuropschology, computer science and cutting-edge rehabilitation using retinal prosthesis. Oral sessions and poster presentations, scheduled in the morning and in the afternoon, are complemented by two public lectures held in the evening targeted to wider audience.

National and international speakers have agreed to participate and to present their work.

Speakers from Durham University and Newcastle University

Dr Anthony Atkinson, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Professor Vicki Bruce, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Dr Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Dr Patrick Degenaar, School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Newcastle University

Dr Nick Holliman, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University

Dr Gabriele Jordan, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Dr Robert Kentridge, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Dr Allison Lane, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Professor Tom McLeish, Dept. of Physics, Durham University



Dr Jenny Reid, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Dr Claire Rind, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Dr Alexander Schaefer, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Dr Daniel Smith, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Dr Hannah Smithson, Dept. of Psychology, Durham University

Professor Alex Thiele, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Professor Anya Hurlbert, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Dr Quoc Vuong, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Miss Laura Young, Dept. of Physics, Durham University

External Speakers

Dr Tim Andrews, Dept. of Psychology, York University

Professor Marty Banks, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley, USA

Professor John Mollon FRS, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University

Professor Kia Nobre, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University

Public Lectures

Professor Mike Land FRS, Biology & Environmental Science, Sussex University

Dr Gustav Kuhn, Dept. Psychology, Brunel University

The conference is sponsored by the Wolfson Research Institute, the Centre for Visual and Vision Cognition, the Institute of Neuroscience, and the Biophysical Science Institute.

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Friday 11 March 2011

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

1:30pm to 2:45pm, Speaker: Professor Alan Roulstone

The lecture by Professor Alan Roulstone scheduled for Friday 11th March 2011 is cancelled.  Apologies for the short notice. This lecture will be rescheduled to a later date.


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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Thursday 10 March 2011

Spire Seminar: 'Personal Identity and Personal Narrative'

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

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

Title: ''Personal Identity and Personal Narrative'. The subject matter will explore how our life experiences lead to a personal identity in terms of a quality unique to each and every individual

Ray Wainwright, Research and User Representative - Please see attached biography

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

Wolfson Seminar Room F009, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

Please confirm if you can attend to Val Heard (details below) for catering purposes.

Val Heard
Research Administrator
Research & Development Department
Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS FoundationTrust
TAD Centre
Ormesby Road
Office Tel: 01642 516981
Fax: 01642 243734

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Wednesday 9 March 2011

Psychology seminar presented by Suparna Choudhury, Max Planke Institute for the History of Sciences

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Queen's Campus, room to be confirmed

Suparna Choudhury from Max Planke Institute for the History of Sciences
will deliver this seminar, title to be confirmed, on 9th March.  The vene at Queen's Campus, will be confirmed shortly. 

For additional details contact David Williams.

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Tuesday 8 March 2011

Public Lecture: A Fairer Society for a Healthier Future by Professor Sir Michael Marmot

11:30am to 1:00pm, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, Durham University

People in the UK are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Yet while health and life expectancy have improved across society, health inequalities persist.

Following the report of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health in 2008, and in the tradition of the Black and Acheson reports, the UK government commissioned Professor Sir Michael Marmot to lead a strategic review of health inequalities in England (Marmot Review) to examine new evidence and advise on how to tackle health inequalities in the coming years.

Sir Michael will present evidence and recommendations from the Review and discuss ways in which the Review's recommendations for action on the social determinants of health can be taken forward at the local level.

This public lecture is being hosted by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Wolfson Research Institute and the Durham Forum for Health.

This lecture is free to attend and open to all staff, students, professionals, and members of the general public. To register please email Judith Aird (



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