Institute of Health & Wellbeing

Clarice Pears Building

Our new home for the Institute of Health & Wellbeing.

We are working to prevent disease, improve health and reduce global inequalities.

Scotland has a high incidence of chronic disease, affecting quality of life. Rising numbers of people are living with chronic disease and it is predicted that it will become the world’s biggest health problem.

“For the first time in decades we face the likelihood that children will live shorter lives than their parents due to the rise in obesity and type II diabetes. Health services cannot cope with the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Prevention is the only option.” Professor Jill Pell, Director of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing.

Not everyone experiences the same opportunities to lead a long and healthy life. Despite improvements in life-expectancy, inequalities are widening. In Glasgow, there is a 13-year difference in life expectancy for males between those living in the most and least deprived areas. Evidence suggests the extent of health inequalities in Europe today will exist in China in 20 years’ time.

The Clarice Pears Building will house a multidisciplinary centre for health. It will produce world-leading research on health policy, practice and behaviours that will improve global health and reduce inequalities.

The building has been named after Clarice Pears, mother of the three founders of the Pears Foundation, which donated £5 million towards its construction.

The Institute of Health & Wellbeing Claire Pears Buidling is due for completeion by the end of 2022.