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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Health and Lifestyle Research Unit (HAL)


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UNIT LEAD Professor Peter Hajek

We conduct research in tobacco dependence and in weight management. HAL is one of the leading smoking cessation research centres globally. Its work has informed the establishment of the national Stop Smoking Service, a series of NICE guidelines, and clinical practice worldwide. Weight management research is a more recent addition to HAL’s work. The focus is on evaluating interventions that, if effective, can be disseminated economically on a large scale. The current main research funders are NIHR and CRUK. Current grants comprise funding of over £4 million. We teach throughout the medical curriculum and on other QMUL courses.

  • Tobacco dependence and smoking cessation.

  • Weight management.

  • Behaviour change.


HAJEK, Peter (Director) -- Professor of Clinical Psychology -- 0207 882 8232 --

LADMORE, Daniella -- Research Health Psychologist -- 0207 882 5948 --

PESOLA, Francesca, Dr -- Research Fellow in Statistics -- 0207 882 5722 --

PHILLIPS-WALLER, Anna -- Research Manager -- 0207 882 5747 --

PRZULJ, Dunja, Dr -- Research Fellow -- 0207 882 5949 --

SMITH, Katie, Dr  -- Senior Research Fellow -- 0207 882 8245 --


Unit Reception: 0207 882 8230

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