Health research excellence highlighted during NHS leaders’ visit

Leaders from the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) visited our science site to learn more about our world-leading health research, teaching and facilities.

CDDFT Chairman Prof Richard Scothon, Executive Director of Medicine, Dr Jeremy Cundall, and Educational Director, Dr Leigh Simmonds, were given a tour of departments including Biosciences, Psychology and Chemistry.

Our researchers demonstrated some of our state-of-the-art equipment such as the Virtual Reality headset in our Department of Psychology and Mass Spectrometry machines in the Department of Chemistry.

Infectious diseases to mental health

Presentations were delivered by our leading science researchers who conduct impactful health research across a range of disciplines.

For example, our Chemistry researchers work with life scientists, engineers and clinicians on topics ranging from infectious diseases through to diagnostic sensors and human-integrated medical devices.

Our Psychology research covers areas such as neurodiversity, vision loss and mental health, while our Mathematics statisticians advise on research designs for many NHS clinical studies in North East England.

Working in partnership

The visit was led by Professor Clive Roberts, our Executive Dean for Science, Professor Dagou Zeze, Deputy Executive Dean (Research), and the organising team, including Lucy Williams, Michelle Dixon, Foteini Spingou, and Prof Simon Gardiner.

We frequently work with local healthcare partners to help improve the lives of people in County Durham and beyond.

This includes supporting the County Durham Care Partnership and through our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CDDFT.

The MoU promotes greater cooperation between the University and CDDFT on health research and innovation.  

The visit by CDDFT leaders further strengthened our relationship and led to discussions on how we can further collaborate to support healthcare services, education and research in North East England.