This theme addresses the multifaceted and global challenges of sustainably delivering our growing aspirations and expectations of Health and Wellbeing.
We approach this from a holistic and diverse range of perspectives that include: disease treatment and prevention, human behaviour, the achievement, maintenance and promotion of good mental health and physical fitness and associated emotional, social and physical well-being.
Here at Teesside University, we have a proud track record of delivering real and tangible improvements in the health and wellbeing of people and communities. For example, across our Schools on-going research performed in collaboration with a range of external partners is informing World Health Organisation guidelines for community tooth decay prevention programmes, helping chronic pain sufferers to understand and manage the overall impact of persistent pain, enhancing patient outcomes and quality of life following high risk surgery via the development of novel pre-surgical exercise programmes, and using a range of effective preventative health strategies such as targeted education programmes on alcohol-related behaviour and diet. We have also developed a range of healthcare technologies, such as low cost diagnostic and therapeutic devices.
Examples of some of the diverse research questions explored within this Grand Challenge theme are:
Our work in this challenge theme draws on and is informed by work and expertise across all parts of the University, which includes amongst others:
Physical activity measurement and promotion, psychology and mental health, sport and exercise, risk behaviour and prevention strategies, nutrition, prehabiliation and rehabilitation, healthcare technologies, intervention effectiveness, evidence synthesis, biosciences, bioengineering, computer science and data analysis.
Dr Matthew Weston is a Reader in Exercise Science in the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law at Teesside University who has published extensively in the area of applied sports science, with particular emphasis on the programming, monitoring and evaluation exercise to improve sports performance and enhance aspects of health. He has almost 20 years’ experience including acting as sports scientist at the 2006 Football World Cup and leading an interdisciplinary team working on the physical preparation of all football referees involved in the English professional game.Find out more
Dr Yifeng Zeng is a Reader in the School of Computing at Teesside University whose research in this area includes, Biomedical and Health Informatics, Big Data, and applications of Social Networks, and Computer Games. A particular focus is on artificial intelligence with potential applications spanning from detecting emerging demographic behaviour to intelligent therapeutic and prognostic management, and decision support systems in personal health care, in which he published over 60 refereed articles.Find out more
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A Teesside University lecturer has been working with a biomedical test technology company to design an innovative new piece of hospital equipment.
Researchers at Teesside University have been examining drug interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity and found that, although drugs have been found to aid weight reduction in older children, more work is needed to determine their efficiency and safety.
Teesside University has partnered with one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations to establish a new Healthcare Technologies Innovation Centre.
A Teesside University academic is using her research to shine the spotlight on the sensitive subject of male victims of domestic violence.
Teesside University has used its 3D printing expertise to enable Niche Medical to produce a prototype enabling young cystic fibrosis sufferers to administer their drugs more easily.