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Health and Lifestyle research group

We conduct research in smoking cessation and in weight management.

We conduct research into smoking cessation and weight management.
The Group is based at 2 Stayners Road, next to Stepney Green Underground Station.
We also operate a Smokers Clinic and a Weight Clinic there. The clinics serve as clinical bases for a range of studies developing new treatments and enhancing understanding of addictive behaviours and behaviour change.


The Health and Lifestyle Research Group comprises of Health and Lifestyle Research Unit and
Weight Management Research Unit (WMRU).
TDRU is one of the leading smoking cessation research and treatment centres globally. It is a part of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Public Health Centre of Excellence.
TDRU research has informed clinical practice and guidelines in the UK and worldwide and it has on-going input in the national stop-smoking service training and relevant NICE guidelines.

WMRU is a more recent addition to the Group’s work. It includes a treatment and research programme focusing on obesity and weight management.
We currently administer >£3 million in research grants and are involved in £12 million research funding altogether.
We provide specialist stop smoking services for the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and City Corporation.

We have provided weight management services to the NHS and we continue to run weight management clinics for QMUL staff and within a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) project.

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