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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Director: Professor Jack Cuzick

Overview of the Institute

The Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine comprises three Centres:

Professor Peter Hajek heads the Academic Psychology section, part of the CEPM which is based at Whitechapel and includes the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit.

There is an active group of statisticians and a statistical advisory service headed by Professor Joan Morris.

The aim of the Institute is to be a centre of excellence in epidemiology and preventive medicine and to advance the discipline in all its aspects. The focus is on academic discipline, research, the translation of research into public health strategies and their practical implementation - all dedicated to the reduction of disease and disability.

The Institute was set up in 1991. It has a staff of about 150 and is active in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Research groups within the Institute conduct large scale randomised prevention trials, screening research projects and epidemiological studies into the causation of disease. It is a training centre in medical screening, and has earned an international reputation for its research and teaching in epidemiology and preventive medicine. In RAE2008 80% of staff in epidemiology were classified as 4*/3*, with a grade point average score of 3.05.


The following organisations contributed funds that were used to erect the building that houses the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine:

  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • Universities' Funding Council
  • The Special Trustees of St Bartholomew's and St Mark's Hospitals
  • Sir Philip Harris
  • Medical Research Council
  • City of London Corporation
  • The King's Fund
  • North East Thames Regional Health Authority
  • Smith Charity
  • The Hayward Foundation
  • The Welton Foundation
  • Haberdashers' Company
  • Leopold de Rothschild Charitable Trust
  • The Lord Ashdown Trust


Much of our research is supported by medical charities with the remainder from research councils, government (national and international) and industry. Please see our Research Funders page for a list of the current sponsors.

by Wolfson web manager. © Queen Mary, University of London 2013
Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3850: please see our contact page for more information.