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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Special Interest Groups

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing supports a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are interdisciplinary groups of research active staff who share a common interest in a specific theme (e.g climate change), methodology (e.g. randomised controlled trials) or specific disease (e.g. diabetes), but where there is no formal arrangement (e.g. research centre) to which their theme, methodology or disease already belongs. The aim of this scheme is to seed new enterprises with the potential to develop and become self-sustaining. We aim to support 6-8 groups each year with a maximum of 2 years funding per group.

These groups bring together an interdisciplinary team of academics and researchers under the initial topics of;

  • Randomised Controlled Trials and Systematic Reviews - Professor Carole Torgerson, School of Education
  • Smoking - Dr Andrew Russell, Dept of Anthropology
  • Pain - Dr Paul Chazot, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Belief and Health, Dr Ivana Petrovic,Classics and Ancient History 
  • Conspiracy Theories in Health, Dr Jamie Tehrani, Department of Anthropology
  • Global Health, Dr Kate Hampshire, Department of Anthropology
  • Organising Care, Dr Robert McMurray and Professor Paula Hyde, Business School 
  • Health Policies for Equity in a Glocal World, Professor Linda McKie, School of Applied Social Sciences and Professor Ted Schrecker, SMPH
  • Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health, Dr Duika Burges-Watson, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health
  • Filling the Void, Dr Paul Denny, Biophysical Sciences Institute
  • Drug Safety, Dr Ilona Obara, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Contact the Wolfson generic email address wolfson@durham.ac.uk for further details