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.


Diverse research questions explored

Examples of some of the diverse research questions explored within this Grand Challenge theme are:

  • How can we develop cost effective, and unobtrusive technologies that detect health risks and deliver timely and successful interventions?
  • How do we intelligently use and manage data to build contextualised and personalised care to optimise prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and reduce costs?
  • How are we able to most effectively influence the behaviour of individuals, patients and practitioners to improve health and wellbeing outcomes?
  • How can we learn from successful approaches in delivering healthcare in the most challenging conditions and/or developing economies and feed this back into local practise here in the UK?
  • How can we improve the efficiency and reduce costs of drug development and production?


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.


Research leads

Dr Matthew Weston

Dr Matthew Weston

Dr Matthew Weston is a Reader in Exercise Science in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities 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.

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Dr Yifeng Zeng

Dr Yifeng Zeng

Dr Yifeng Zeng is a Reader in the School of Computing & Digital Technologies 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.

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Health and wellbeing news

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Boost for health research

Teesside University is involved in a strategic partnership which will provide additional support to develop and extend health research.

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch with Dr Emma Giles.. Link to Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch with Dr Emma Giles..

Study highlights issues alcohol causes for ambulance staff

Research has found that almost half of North East paramedics have been subjected to alcohol-related physical assaults while on duty.

Mark Beckwith with a prototype of the PatSim200. Link to Mark Beckwith with a prototype of the PatSim200.

New medical device designed by Teesside University academic

A Teesside University lecturer has been working with a biomedical test technology company to design an innovative new piece of hospital equipment.

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Calls for more research to determine best treatment for childhood obesity

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.

Professor Simon Hodgson with Dr Mike Russell and Lord Heseltine CH.. Link to Professor Simon Hodgson with Dr Mike Russell and Lord Heseltine CH..

Partnership to address challenges in the medical sector

Teesside University has partnered with one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations to establish a new Healthcare Technologies Innovation Centre.

Dr Jessica McCarrick, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology. Link to Dr Jessica McCarrick, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology.

Domestic violence and the barriers men face

A Teesside University academic is using her research to shine the spotlight on the sensitive subject of male victims of domestic violence.


Health and wellbeing facilities include

  • Regional ultrasound simulation centre and paramedic suite
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Environmental chamber
  • Sport and exercise labs
  • Dental suite and phantom heads skills lab
  • Molecular biology, microbiology, food technology, anatomy and physiology labs
  • Simulated nursing practice and social care environments
  • Eye-tracker, electroencephalogram, near-infrared spectroscopy

Health and wellbeing partners include

  • FUSE - the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • Newcastle University
  • Public Health England
  • British Psychological Society
  • Middlesbrough Football Club
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Football Association
  • Mima