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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 Cormac Ryan

Dr Cormac Ryan

Dr Cormac Ryan is a Reader in Physiotherapy at Teesside University. He graduated from the University of Limerick in 2002 with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and completed an MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

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Professor John Dixon

Professor John Dixon

John is a Professor of Applied Physiology and Rehabilitation, and the Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) in the School of Health & Life Sciences. As a member of the senior executive team he is responsible for leading and developing the research and innovation in the School.

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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