Durham has a world-class research university, with a specialism in health geography. The county is home to the National Centre for Process Innovation and the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre.


Centres and Institutions

Durham University:

A world top 100 university, Durham seeks the highest distinction in research and scholarship and is committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge.

School for Medicine, Pharmacy and Health:

This is an interdisciplinary community bringing together academics, clinicians, scientists and scholars. It provides the highest quality experience of teaching and learning and undertakes internationally acclaimed, cutting edge research.

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing:

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (established 2001) exists to foster and disseminate the wide range of research undertaken at Durham University to improve human health and well-being.

Durham Clinical Trials Unit:

Leading translational medicine and evidence based implementation; the only clinical trials unit in the North of England to focus on earlier diagnosis and evidence based implementation.

National Biologics Manufacturing Centre:

The £38m centre, based in Darlington, has been established to support the growth of the UK’s biologics industry with open access facilities to support the development and commercialisation of biologic products and process technologies.

North East Stem Cell Institute (NESCI):

In partnership with researchers from Newcastle, NESCI is one of the top stem cell research centres in the world, most recently pioneering stem cell treatment for corneal blindness supported by the MRC.

North Regional Endoscopy Group (NREG) collaborator:

Significant contributor to NREG, building on Durham’s internationally recognised strengths in GI primary care.

Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit:

The Wolfson Research Institute has housed one of the foremost UK centres for research in cognitive neuroscience, the Department of Psychology's Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU).

Durham CELLS:

Durham's Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) supports excellence in academic research, innovative teaching and public dialogue on the ethical, social and regulatory issues raised by the life sciences.

Centre for Process Innovation:

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes.

NET Science Park:

Technology park offering lab space and innovation areas.


University Hospital of North Durham:

University Hospital serving the North Durham area.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust:

Provides a range of mental health and learning disability services across a large part of Northern England (County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire).

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