Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research

The Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre that focuses it's activities on addressing major issues around the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, care and welfare of patients.

The institute draws on the research skills of academic staff in four schools:

  • Applied Social Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Pharmacy and Life Sciences

and the two research centres in the Faculty of Health & Social Care:

Research across multiple disciplines

The IHWR is structured to harness this wide range of research strengths and undertake studies in three key thematic areas:

Through the UHI research partnership, five further inter-disciplinary themes are represented as

We provide a dynamic and multi-disciplinary research environment and welcome the opportunity to develop external collaborations that address the needs of the patient - from the bench to the bedside.

Visit the RGU-UHI Partnership pages for details

General enquiries: 

REF2014 Outcomes

In REF 2014, the IHWR submitted a joint submission with The University of the Highlands and Island (RGU-UHI Health Research Partnership) to Unit of Assessment 3.

The outcome demonstrated a significant improvement on our overall research quality compared to RAE 2008, as shown by a shift to 70% of our research being classed at 3* and 4 *The outcome demonstrated a significant improvement on our overall research quality compared to RAE 2008, as shown by a shift to 70% of our research being classed at 3* and 4*

Research in collaboration

The Institute engages in many collaborative projects both nationally and internationally. Alternatively, explore our map of collaborations to view the spread of our research teams.


  1. Prof. Cherry Wainwright

    Cherry Wainwright

    As Institute Director, Prof. Wainwright's key role is to oversee the development and implementation of our research and knowledge exchange strategy, and to ensure the IHWR Graduate School provides an excellent academic, multidisciplinary environment for RGU graduate students.

    Professor Cherry Wainwright Director, Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research

News RSS

  1. 20, May, 2015 New volunteers sought for low back pain research

    Health researchers are looking for new volunteers from across the north-east to take part in research to help older people with chronic low back pain manage their condition.  

  2. 12, May, 2015 Team Aberdeen celebrates local ambassadors

    Team Aberdeen recently recognised individuals from the academic and corporate communities on their efforts to bring conferences and events into the local area.  

  3. 21, April, 2015 Boost for young north-east entrepreneurs as city universities open high-tech digital hubs

    Digital innovation hub launch: Prof. Chris O'Neil, Dr. Julian Bass, Dawn Shand and Jamie Coleman

    Young entrepreneurs in the north-east are set for a boost as Aberdeen’s universities gear up to launch two new digital innovation incubators.  

  4. 26, March, 2015 Health researchers secure Saudi Arabia project funding

    Professor Derek Stewart

    Health researchers from Aberdeen have secured significant funding for an innovative project to explore medication errors and adverse drug reactions in the Middle East.  

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