Public lecture launches Institute for Health and Welfare Research

Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University will hold the launch of its Institute for Health and Welfare Research, featuring a keynote speech by the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Professor Anne Glover, on Friday 12 November.

The Institute, which is led by Professor Cherry Wainwright, is an exciting new multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses its activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis and prevention of illness, and the treatment, care and welfare of patients. Researchers are currently carrying out pioneering cross-disciplinary work in areas including diabetes, heart disease, chronic back pain and bereavement

The Institute draws on the research skills of academic staff in the Schools of Applied Social Studies, Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery and Pharmacy and Life Sciences, and the following three research centres: Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research (ACTR) and the Alliance for Self Care Research (ASCR).

The launch will feature an exhibition showcasing some of the Institute's clinical research facilities, including the human performance lab, as well as the ‘Fat Body Slim - Shape Matters!' exhibit, which is currently touring the North-east. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the Institute's major ongoing research programmes and knowledge exchange activities centred on the key themes of: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, Neurological and Mental Health, and Environmental and Occupational Health.

Professor Anne Glover, who holds the Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Aberdeen, is an acclaimed microbiologist, with research interests in the fields of Biosensor Technology and Microbial Diversity. Her keynote lecture will address the question, "Can science and technology deliver health?"

Director of the Institute, Professor Cherry Wainwright, said, "This is an exciting time for Robert Gordon University, as our research in the field of health and social care is taking a new direction. We are adopting a brand new strategy of multiple allied health disciplines working together to address priority health issues that continue to have unmet clinical needs, not only from the perspective of the search for new medicines, but also from the needs of the patient."


Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, Professor Anne Glover, said, "Science and technology affect every aspect of our daily lives, but our own health is perhaps the single most important area where science touches us. This new Institute will build on existing research expertise in the North-east of Scotland, and will be well-placed to look at today's health challenges, and to develop solutions to help us address issues as varied as obesity, diabetes and heart disease."

The launch will take place from 3 - 6.30pm on Friday 12 November at the University's Faculty of Health and Social Care, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to do so should contact Andrea MacMillan on (01224) 262598 or at

Further information on the Institute can be found at:

Pauline Smith
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389

Notes to editors


Further details on the key themes of the Institute's activities are as follows:

Cardiovascular and metabolic disease

This is a large multi-disciplinary group with an extensive collaborative network that extends across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

Programmes of research within this theme include:

  • Obesity and co-morbidities - incorporating the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Diabetes and its complications

The cross disciplinary nature of the group spans the areas of clinical, practice based and basic science research, where outcomes inform, and are readily transferable into treatment and prevention strategies at patient level.

Environmental and occupational health

The theme focuses on clinical and basic science research into environmental health and physical wellbeing. Research programmes include:

  • Development of novel antimicrobial therapies
  • Chronic back pain
  • Environmental Health and Nutrition
Neurological and mental health

The Neurological and Mental Health theme is committed to undertaking multidisciplinary research involving renowned University based and external experts within the field. The theme is developing a distinctive identity and international reputation across a range of research issues.
Programmes of research within the theme include:

  • Trauma - focused within the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research
  • Mental Health and Ageing
  • Bereavement