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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Thursday 23 June 2011

Qualitative Health Research Group & ERDU Workshop: How do we better understand, and change, people’s behaviour in relation to symptoms?

12:00pm to 5:15pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

QHR and ERDU present a half day workshop, comprising keynote speakers, breakout discussion sessions and a plenary session focusing on ways forward and future research questions.

Our aim for the day is to share knowledge from a diverse range of backgrounds on a topic that is of interest to many across this broad grouping. Our objectives include finding ways of working together, developing research questions and enabling networking between and across disciplines. Speakers include:-

  • Dr Rikke Sand Anderson (Aarhus University)
  • Dr Nicky Hall (Durham University)
  • Professor Martyn Evans (Durham University)
  • Dr Fiona Walter (University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Rose Barbour (University of Dundee)

Registration and lunch will commence at 12 noon and the workshop will begin at 1pm.  THh session will close at 5.15pm and will be followed by drinks and canapes in the "Street".

Registration is vital as places are limited.  Please reply to Alex Motely to confirm attendance:

For further information please contact Sally Brown  ( or Christina Benson (

The Qualitative Health Research Group is supported the the Wolfson Research Institute.

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Thursday 16 June 2011

Wolfson Guest Lecture: Professor Marcel Tanner, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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

The Wolfson Research Institute is delighted to welcome Professor Marcel Tanner, Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on 16th June 2011.

Professor Tanner's lecture is entitled "Challenges for Global Health - from diseases to health systems".

Most of the burden of diseases and ill-health associated with global change is localized in resources constraint countries of which sub-Saharan Africa will face a very large share. This in turn will result in increasing poverty and hence will also and directly impact on wealthier countries. We will briefly examine the evidence with regards to potential effects of key determinants of global change on health and disease, such as climate, urbanization, migration and mobility of populations, deforestation, water use and re-use, agricultural patterns and pollution. Special emphasis will be placed on the diseases of poverty and the neglected tropical diseases. Four levels of the challenges will be discussed: (i) The development of new tools and strategies for disease control and elimination, (ii) the involvement of the people and societies concerned, (iii) translating health systems thinking into public and international health practice, and (iv) translational research and effective partnerships.

Marcel Tanner obtained his PhD on medical biology from the University of Basel and a MPH from the University of London. He is Director of the Swiss Tropical- and Public Health Institute, Basel (until 1.2010: Swiss Tropical Institute) and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel and at the Federal Institute of Technology. Since 1977, his research ranges from basic research on the cell biology and immunology on malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health research on risk assessment, vulnerability, health impact and district health planning. His research, teaching and health planning expertise are based on substantial long term experience from working in rural and urban areas in Africa (mainly Tanzania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire) and Asia (China, Thailand, Laos). He was co-investigator and coordinator of the first African malaria vaccine trial in 1992 and participated as co-principal investigator in several major intervention trials on malaria (iron supplementation, intermittent preventive treatment) and schistosomiasis. Besides research the capacity building and North-South partnership was a main interest as reflected in the development of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. He has published extensively in the many fields (>500 original papers). He also acts as advisor on communicable diseases research and control, health systems strengthening and capacity building in various national and international agencies/bodies and in boards/committees such as e.g. Wellcome Trust, DNDi, INCLEN-Trust, ISAB-COOP, NITD SAB.

To register for this event please do so using our online booking facility or alternatively please contact Linda Crowe on 0191 334 0013.

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Wednesday 15 June 2011

Short Film Launch: Earth to Earth: Woodland Burial and The Church of England by Professor Douglas Davies

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

The Wolfson Research Institute in conjunction with Professor Douglas Davies welcome you to attend the launch of the short film "Earth to Earth: Woodland Burial and The Church of England".  The film was commissioned by Professor Douglas Davies, Director of The Centre for Death & Life Studies at the Department of Theology and Religion, and a Fellow of the Wolfson Institute. The film was made by Sarah Thomas, former Durham anthropology student and now ethnographic film maker based in Iceland. The short film is a thought-provoking exploration of the range of values brought to natural burial by bereaved families, individuals and funeral professionals at a woodland burial ground, Barton Glebe. It is an outcome of an AHRC Collaborative doctoral award working with the Arbory Trust site near Cambridge, the first Church of England sponsored site in the UK, which is now in its tenth year. Professor Douglas Davies, supervised the project, which was in part funded by the Wolfson Research Institute.

Professor Davies trained in both anthropology, sociology and theology and is Professor in the Study of Religion and Director of The Centre for Death and Life Studies. He has published several books across a range of material on death rites, Mormonism and Anglicanism, as well as in theoretical aspects of religious studies. His most recent publication is Emotion, Identity and Religion: Hope, Reciprocity and Otherness (OUP 2011), one outcome of an AHRC Network Award on Emotions and Identity.

The film is approx 30 minutes in duration and will be shown at 13:30 on 15th June, followed by a brief Questions and Answer session with Professor Davies.  To register to attend please follow this link.

For any additional assistance please contact Linda Crowe.


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Tuesday 7 June 2011

School of Medicine & Health Seminar: 'Wonder, embodiment and the clinical consultation' by Professor Martyn Evans

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

The School of Medicine and Health Seminar Series continues on the 7th June 2011 with a paper presented by Professor Martyn Evans of the Centre for Medical Humanities, entitled 'Wonder, embodiment and the clinical consultation'.

Abstract: There is something of a renaissance of interest in wonder and the sense of wonder, but with little sign of its being connected at all with clinical life. Whilst not being a clinician myself, nonetheless I have previously suggested that a sense of wonder might be an invaluable personal resource over a clinical lifetime, but in this paper I will propose three reasons why wonder and the sense of wonder might be important - both diagnostically and morally - in the very particular circumstances of the clinical consultation. In doing so, I will sketch an account of what constitutes wonder, and I will also argue for a refocusing of attention within medical ethics, away from the dramatic or extreme and towards the routine. Strange as it may seem, it may be in the routine rather than the sensationally extreme that wonder is most valuably to be sought.

Biography: Martyn Evans is Professor of Humanities in Medicine and co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, School of Medicine and Health and is a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute. He has a doctorate in the Philosophy of Music and joined Durham University in July 2002 as Principal of John Snow College, at the Queen's Campus, Stockton, having previously taught philosophy and ethics of medicine at the University of Wales. Martyn is now Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham University. He is married to Janet Evans, a professional pianist and teacher of piano and woodwind; they have two teenage sons.

Where and when: The seminar will take place in the Wolfson Research Institute Seminar Room (F009) at 12.30pm. A buffet lunch will be available from 12 noon, so please come and join us for a relaxing, pre-seminar get-together, and an opportunity to talk informally with our speaker. Please RSVP by 1st June for catering purposes.

RSVP to:
Suzanne Sanders
Administrative Secretary to Professor Mason School for Medicine and Health Wolfson Research Institute Durham University, Queen's Campus Stockton University Boulevard Thornaby, Stockton On Tees
TS17 6BH
Tel - 0191 33 40826
Fax - 0191 33 40374

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Monday 6 June 2011

Wolfson Research Institute - Coffee Morning

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

Wolfson Research Institute Monthly Coffee Morning will be held on Monday 6 June 2011 at 10.30am in the Wolfson Street.

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