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So, what is it that we do?

When we think about the health of humanity, we often think about ill-health. Traditionally, many approaches to ill health are rooted in a biomedical model (what are the symptoms, what is wrong with the body and how do we fix it). This is central to pathogenesis (the study of how we get ill). However, we believe that salutogenesis (the study of what keeps us well) is of equal if not greater importance. We sit at the very confluence between pathogenesis and salutogenesis.

By investigating all of the factors that can affect human health, from socio-economic status, to psychosocial factors, through the environment, faith, familial structure, dependants and so many more issues, we can build a picture evidencing the role that each of these have in “the Picture of Health” of individuals, communities and societies. We can look for malleable factors and track how making small and big changes to how we live impacts our collective health and wellbeing. Further still, by understanding how our place in the world and our experience of health affects our bodies, we can begin to predict individual and societal health issues, wit the ultimate aim of arresting their progress.

Finally, in cases of ill-health, we can evidence the efficacy of treatments not based merely on the biomedical model but also the socio-environmental model we have built through our understanding of people, their place, and how they live. By targeting treatments to those for whom they will work, we provide an evidence base to assist in clinical or policy decision making, improving efficacy, and process in a purpose-built manner.

Here are links to our most recent Annual Reports; please contact us for earlier editions back to 2003.

  • Challenge Academies

    Our Challenge Academies have 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.
    A Postgraduate Psychology experiment with blurred foreground
  • Research Centres

    The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing contain and supports a number of affiliated Research Units and Centres.

Challenge Academies

Our Challenge Academies have 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.
A Postgraduate Psychology experiment with blurred foreground

Research Centres

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing contain and supports a number of affiliated Research Units and Centres.

Get in Touch

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