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The Wolfson Research Institute. Mark Booth, Associate Director Research Forum, April 1 st 2009. Mission and scope. To develop and reinforce existing disciplinary research strengths in medicine, health and the well-being of people and places.

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the wolfson research institute

The Wolfson Research Institute

Mark Booth,

Associate Director

Research Forum, April 1st 2009

mission and scope
Mission and scope
  • To develop and reinforce existing disciplinary research strengths in medicine, health and the well-being of people and places.
  • Foster interdisciplinary research on human health and wellbeing at local, national and international levels
  • Contribute significantly to the development of Queen’s Campus at Stockton.
  • Improve health and wellbeing in the North East, especially County Durham and the Tees Valley, through local partnerships.
meet the directorate
Meet the Directorate
  • Director Prof Tim Blackman (SASS)
  • Associate Directors Dr Mark Booth (SMH / SBBS)
  • Prof Charles Heywood (Psychology)
  • Dr Sarah Atkinson (Geography)
  • Prof Gillian Bentley (Anthropology)
  • Prof Holger Maehle (Philosophy / SMH)
  • Ms Di Bailey (SASS)
  • Dr Ian Greener (SASS)
  • R&D Manager Rebecca Perrett
2008 9 financial overview
2008-9 Financial Overview
  • £6.2m of successful applications supported, funded by the NIHR, the NHS, the Wellcome Trust and the North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership
  • £1.2m from the NHS awarded to Durham in support of research linked with the new phase 1 medicine programme, supporting posts in Anthropology, Health and Medicine, Geography, and Applied Social Sciences
  • £5m Centre for Translational Research in Public Health co-directed by Professor David Hunter
  • £4.8m Research Design Service co-directed by Professor Mason
  • £4.5m portfolio of grant applications under development or submitted
fellowship
Fellowship
  • Fellowship aims to create a research community that subscribes to the Institute\'s aims and has the opportunity to share in its activities, resources, support and collective reputation.
  • There are currently 120 Fellows from 14 departments.
  • Fellows are entitled to receive support such as funding for pilot projects and symposia, research facilities or staff time to assist with grant applications and events.
  • Fellowship is also open to accomplished academics and professionals external to the University.
strategic initiatives in 2008 9
Strategic Initiatives in 2008-9
  • The Institute for Local Governance
  • North Shore ‘health precinct’
  • The Newcastle and Durham Universities Beacon for Public Engagement.
  • The Child Poverty Strategy Group
  • A pilot ‘professional sabbaticals’ scheme
  • A pilot small grants scheme with the South Tees NHS Trust
  • A ‘trials, interventions and evaluations’ unit currently under discussion
challenges
Challenges
  • Accommodation
    • limited physical footprint
  • Research –
    • Interdisciplinarity
    • Academic Capacity
    • Large grant applications
  • Partnership
    • Joint projects with the NHS
    • Wider engagement with public services
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