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: 

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. 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.  

  2. 13, March, 2015 Taller, heavier and wider: 3D study charts the size and shape of North Sea offshore workers

    The changing shape of North Sea offshore workers over the last three decades is revealed in a ground-breaking study.  

  3. 06, February, 2015 Volunteers sought for chronic back pain self-management research

    Researchers are looking for participants to help older people with chronic low back pain manage their condition.  

  4. 04, February, 2015 RGU professor to look at failures in care and the role of regulation in nursing and midwifery

    Ian Murray

    Professorial lecture to contextualise failures in care and look at the role of public protection regulation in Nursing and Midwifery.  

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IHWR ResearchGate

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