“The goal of the MRC Epidemiology Unit is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders and to contribute to the prevention of these disorders.”

Obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders present a major public health challenge as the number of people developing these disorders is increasing. Metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity result from the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors that operate throughout life.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit studies the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. The outcomes from these studies are then used to develop strategies for the prevention of these diseases in the general population.