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.

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The MRC Epidemiology Unit is involved in many studies that look at obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders. But you don't need to have one of these conditions to help us with our research. We are constantly looking for volunteers to enroll in our studies and help us improve our knowledge of these diseases.

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Work & Study

The MRC Epidemiology Unit offers an extensive range of career opportunities for scientists, research support staff and management professionals. Whether you are a recent graduate or a senior researcher, we place great emphasis on attracting and training the brightest minds, and on investing in their futures through structured career development training complemented by on-the-job learning.

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