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Welcome to the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, established in 2001, is a major interdisciplinary unit within Durham University that fosters research on human health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. 

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Interdisciplinary approaches

Our mission is to encourage and support high calibre interdisciplinary research to understand and address human health challenges.

We do this through our Challenge Academies. Each has been carefully built to address local and global unmet need in health-related issues. Closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, these Academies have the interdisciplinary approach unique to Durham University built in. In this way, each Academy can address major problems in health and wellbeing, but also be responsive to new challenges as they arise.

We help our Challenge Academies grow, fostering networking, identifying and assisting with funding opportunities, expanding their internationalisation and ensuring impact through clinical, industry or policy collaboration. This approach is central to our core ethos where our Academies address the beginning (identifying the correct question), the middle (understanding who the problem affects and how) and the end (how we can use this knowledge to create purpose built solutions that don’t just help some of the people some of the time but all of the people, all of the time).

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The Institute conducts and facilitates interdisciplinary research on health and wellbeing across the University Faculties. We support a community of Fellows, Postgraduate Associates, Research Centres and projects across almost all of the University's departments and schools. In collaboration with our sister Institutes at Durham University, particularly the Biophysical Sciences Institute and the Institute for Medical Humanities, and our external partners such as the AHSN, NHSA and BioNow, we address Health related research in a 360° way, looking at all of the influences on our Health and Wellbeing, and how they interact with each other.

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News

  • The latest Wolfson Newsletter (Issue 86) is out now

    The latest Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Newsletter should be arriving in your inbox this morning.
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  • Brain injury study reveals rugby’s mental health crisis

    Former professional rugby players are more likely to show signs of depression, anxiety and irritability compared to amateur rugby players and non-contact athletes, according to new research led by Durham University
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  • Neuraclin 2022

    We are proud to support Neuraclin, an interdisciplinary forum for researchers & clinicians to present work on memory-affecting disorders, notably Alzheimer’s disease, Dementias, and Epilepsy which falls within our Brain, Body and Behaviour Challenge Academy and is hosted by the Psychology Department.
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Brain injury study reveals rugby’s mental health crisis

Former professional rugby players are more likely to show signs of depression, anxiety and irritability compared to amateur rugby players and non-contact athletes, according to new research led by Durham University
A rugby ball in grass

Neuraclin 2022

We are proud to support Neuraclin, an interdisciplinary forum for researchers & clinicians to present work on memory-affecting disorders, notably Alzheimer’s disease, Dementias, and Epilepsy which falls within our Brain, Body and Behaviour Challenge Academy and is hosted by the Psychology Department.
NEURACLIN Logo

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Find out more about the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Wolfson Research Institute

Durham University Queen's Campus
University Boulevard
Thornaby
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH

Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 0013