The MRC Epidemiology Unit is studying the genetic, developmental, behavioural and environmental determinants of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders, and contributing to the prevention of these disorders.
Obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders present a major and growing global public health challenge. These disorders result from a complex interplay between genetic, developmental and environmental factors that operate throughout life.
The goal of the MRC Epidemiology Unit is to investigate the interplay between these factors and to use that evidence to develop and evaluate strategies for the prevention of these diseases in the general population.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Unit's buildings have been closed for all but essential activity since midnight on Tuesday 17 March. Staff are working from home until further notice, and all internal and external meetings are being held via video or teleconferencing.
All active field testing as part of our research studies that involves direct contact with volunteers has been temporarily suspended, and all volunteers who had appointments booked have been notified that they have been postponed or cancelled. For any enquiries about a study you are participating in please check the contact details for individual studies on our Study Contacts web page, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The research work of the Unit is continuing, and Unit scientists are also exploring opportunities to contribute to national efforts, both in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its broader public health consequences.
Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
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.
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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