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Welcome to the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing is Durham’s flagship interdisciplinary Institute tasked with delivering the Health@Durham Strategy. Established in 2001, we foster research relating to human health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries from the individual to global scale.

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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

  • NEPG Conference 2022

    The North East Postgraduate (NEPG) Conference 2022 will be held on Friday 28th October 2022 at the Civic Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne with both in-person and virtual attendance options.
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  • WRIHW and NENC ARC Vacancies

    We have two exciting job opportunities which are now live on our recruitment system!
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  • NIHR Three Research Schools’ Mental Health Fellowships

    The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) (“three Schools”) have joined together in a unique collaboration between leading academic centres in England to collaborate on a programme of work funded through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR): Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research.
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WRIHW and NENC ARC Vacancies

We have two exciting job opportunities which are now live on our recruitment system!
Scrabble tiles showing the word research

NIHR Three Research Schools’ Mental Health Fellowships

The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) (“three Schools”) have joined together in a unique collaboration between leading academic centres in England to collaborate on a programme of work funded through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR): Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research.
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Find out more about the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Wolfson Research Institute

Room 236

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

C/O Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

South Road

Durham

DH1 3LE

Tel: + 44 (0) 191 334 0013