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Digital Health and Wellbeing

Digital Health and Wellbeing (DH&W) focuses on developing human-centred and accessible digital solutions to address unmet healthcare needs.

A particular emphasis is on algorithm development and digital biomarkers using wearable technologies and mobile computing to understand mechanistic (e.g., cognitive) as well as lifestyle factors in ageing (Godfrey, Alshabrawy, Rooksby, Pointon). Recognising the societal importance of this human centric approach, staff (Akhtar, Anwar, Sice, Elvin) research digital health challenges pertaining to vulnerable groups and information retrieval for decision support systems. We also research digital medicine-based topics in e.g., cancer-focused bioinformatics & functional genomics (Kurt, Woo)

Across the group we have a collaborative culture, regularly working with clinical and healthcare practitioners. Our computing science expertise is complimented by a broad spectrum of additional interests including but not limited to: wearable technology, digital biomarkers, bioinformatics, information behaviour, data mining, mental health, signalling theory and computational biology.  

Some of our partners include Parkinson’s UK, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and Tyne, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Mental Health Trust.  

This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Integrated Health and Social Care as well as Human and Digital Design. 

Research from this group will be submitted to REF 2021 under UoA 11: Computer Science and Informatics. 

To view research papers emanating from this group, please navigate to our Northumbria University research portal


 Group leader:

Dr Alan Godfrey

 Interests: Bioinformatics, connected health, healthcare technology, sports technology, wearable systems



 Dr Matthew Pointon

 Interests: HCI, interaction design, mobile computing information behaviour, information retrieval


This research group forms part of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.



 Dr Akhtar Ali

 Interests: Data science, big data, health informatics, primary healthcare optimization and transformation, machine learning

 Ossama_Alshabrawy  Dr Ossame Alshabrawy

 Interests: Digital health, wearable computing, machine learning, computational behaviour analysis

 Naveed_Anwar  Dr Naveed Anwar

 Interests: Big data, data mining health informatics, digital entrepreneurship


 Mr Garry Elvin

 Interests: Web design, web development, wellbeing informatics

 Zeyneb_Kurt  Dr Zeyneb Kurt

 Interests: Bioinformatics, computational Biology, statistics, machine learning


 Dr John Rooksby

 Interests: HCI, digital Health, development and evaluation of novel technologies for personal and public health


 Dr Petia Sice

 Interests: Wellbeing informatics, systems and complexity sciences, interpersonal neurobiology and the arts


Affiliated members:


  Prof Wai Lok Woo

 Interests: Data mining, information analytics, knowledge discovery, intelligence integration


 Prof Martyn Amos

 Interests: Synthetic biology, nature-inspired computing, collective behaviour crowd simulation


Yunus Celik

Fraser Young

Olalekan Ogundipe

Rachel Mason (with faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

Lisa Graham (with faculty of Health and Life Sciences)


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