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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Fellows Networking Lunch - Tuesday 25th June, DURHAM

12:30pm to 1:30pm, Trevelyan College, Senior Common Room

The final Fellows networking lunch for the 2012/13 academic year will take place on Tuesday 25th June 2013 in the Senior Common Room, Trevelyan College, Elvet Hill Road. Durham from 12:30 - 13.30


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Friday 21 June 2013

Mental Health Research Centre - Trauma and Young People at Risk of Psychosis Symposium

10:15am to 2:00pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees

The symposium brings together our collaborators from the Netherlands and the UK to prepare an intervention study to address the needs of young people who have experienced trauma. We would particularly welcome and value input from services users, carers and clinicians in the discussion of interventions for trauma.

10.15am Morning Coffee
10.45am Professor Pali Hungin Welcome and Opening
11.00am Professor Matthias Schwannauer (Edinburgh University) Attachment metallisation and the emergence of severe mental health problems in Young People
11.30am Professor Mark Van Der Gaag (University of Amsterdam) EMDR and the Treatment of Trauma in Schizophrenia Spectrum Patients
12.00pm Dr Helen Stain (Durham University) Psychological Interventions for Trauma in Young People
12.30pm Dr Tim Cate (Tees, Esk & Wear, NHS Trust) Tees Esk and Wear Valley Psychological Therapies services for those in Transition
12.45pm Dr Amanda Skeate (Youthspace) Experiences of Birmingham Early Detection and Intervention Team: Working with people at Ultra High Risk
1.15pm Service User Service user perspective on CAMHS'
1.30pm Lunch

Places are limited so please RSVP to indicating any dietary requirements by 14th June 2013.

Funded by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Blue Skies Award

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Monday 17 June 2013

Wolfson Research Institute in collaboration with the division of Pharmacy-Mini Symposium. 17th June 2013

10:00am to 3:00pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute

'Drug addiction - from animal research to healthy human'. Monday 17th June 2013. 10:00 - 15:00. 

Wolfson Research Institute, Seminar Room F009


  • Professor Karen K. Szumlinski, Dept Psychology & Brain Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara - 'Understanding the impact of binge drinking on the brain: Insights into the role for hyper-glutamatergia in alcoholism'
  • Professor Tod E. Kippin, Dept Psychology & Brain Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara - 'Sex Differences in Animal Models of Cocaine Addiction'
  • Dr Jonathan Ling, Department of Pharmacy, Sunderland University - 'Drinking in mid and later life: Triggers for problematic alcohol use over the lifecourse'
  • Mr Oliver Bartlett, Durham Law School, Durham University - 'Lost in Translation? Why the EU's lack of legal competence in public health blocks the adoption of evidence based addiction prevention policies'

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee/tea

10:30 - 10:40 Introduction & Welcome, Dr I Obara

10:40 - 11:30 inc. Q&A - 1st speaker, Professor K Szumlinski 

11:30 - 12:20 inc. Q&A - 2nd speaker, Professor T Kippin 

12:20 - 13:20 - Lunch 'the street'

13:20 - 14:10 inc. Q&A - 3rd speaker, Dr J Ling 

14:10 - 15:00 inc. Q&A - 4th speaker, Mr O Bartlett

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Tuesday 11 June 2013

WRI/IAS/DFfH - Public Lecture- Hidden influences on health & wellbeing through life course - 11th June 2013

6:00pm to 9:00pm, Wolfson Research Institute Building, Queens Campus, Stockton

A joint collaboration between the Institute of Advanced Study / Durham Forum for Health & the Wolfson Research Institute for Health &Wellbeing is to take place on Tuesday 11th June 2013.

'Hidden Influences on helath & wellbeing through life course'


Professor Caroline Relton, Newcastle University: Cross-generational epi-genetics

Professor Joe Elliott, Durham University: Socio-cultural forces upon children's development & behaviour

Professor Douglas James Davies, Durham University: Today's imagination of tomorrow's mortality

Buffet from 18:00 - 18:30 - the Street, Wolfson Research Institute

Event 18:30 - 21:00 - Tees Suite, Wolfson Research Institute

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Professor Joe Elliott - "The individual's own developmental life course is seen as embedded in and powerfully shaped by conditions and events occurring during the historical period through which the person lives" (Bronfenbrenner, 1995, p. 641

In my talk, I shall draw upon Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory to discuss the differing influences that cumulatively impact upon children’s development. To illustrate this, I shall discuss the nature of social, educational and cultural practices that operated in the Soviet Union and which largely continued in the first years of the Russian Federation. The impact of broader globalising influences upon such practices and traditions, and upon children’s development more generally, will then be highlighted and examined.

Professor Douglas James Davies - How do we, as living individuals, anticipate ourselves when we are dead?

Largely avoiding the philosophical point that since we won’t ‘be there’ we had just as well not worry about it, this sketch works from a more mundane perspective asking how our life-style networks of people and engagement with things link with our planning of our post-mortal situation. Here, with an eye to notions of identity, emotions, and destiny, the interplay of this-worldly and other-worldly perspectives will be pondered and thought given on how ideas become transformed into values and values into beliefs. Illustrative material will be drawn from empirical research on funerals and funeral planning to explore the interplay of vitality and mortality in today’s mixed religious-ideological world. 

Professor Caroline Relton - Cross-generational epi-genetics

Epigenetics has gained prominence in scientific research as a mechanism that explains how our environment and lifestyle may act to alter how our genes are regulated. It refers to chemical modifications to the genome such as methylation and acetylation which act to silence or activate gene expression. These modifications can result from smoking, diet, behaviour patterns and other exposures. Epigenetic mechanisms are known to play an important role in cancer but their influence may extend to a wide range of common complex diseases.

Can epigenetic marks on the genome be transmitted to an organism’s offspring? The answer is undoubtedly yes, although evidence for transgenerational effects in animals is scarce. In humans epigenetic changes in children have been associated with exposures experienced by their mothers during pregnancy. This has raised questions about the evolutionary consequences of environmental exposures being memorised by the genome – could Lamarkism have a place in evolutionary theory after all?

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Monday 3 June 2013

Wolfson Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus

A Wolfson coffee morning will be held on Monday 3 June 2013 in the Wolfson Street from 10.30am - 11.00am.

Please do come along and join/network with other colleagues over a coffee and a cake.

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