The Unit’s seven inter-linked programmatic areas are supported by a core set of prospective cohort studies, detailed quantitative trait metabolic studies, case-control studies and trials that serve both aetiological and preventive purposes.

Our studies can be grouped into two major categories. The first group includes large scale resources of particular strategic importance across the Unit. These comprise the Fenland Study, EPIC-Norfolk, EPIC-InterAct and the ADDITION study.

The second group includes studies with a more specific, but not exclusive focus, on aspects of the Unit’s research. They are further categorised as primarily supporting aetiological, physical activity measurement, prevention or behavioural epidemiology and public health aims.

Below are the lists of the studies for which the MRC Epidemiology Unit has primary responsibility and those in which it provides significant resources. For more information on any study click on the study name below.

Large scale, strategic studies

ADDITION Data sharing
Fenland Study Data sharing


Studies with primarily an aetiological research aim

Cambridgeshire Diabetes Case-Control Study (CDCCS)
Ely Study
Norfolk Diabetes Case-Control Study


Studies with primarily a physical activity measurement aim

Allied Dunbar National Fitness Survey (ADNFS) Mortality Follow up
Cameroon Study
EPIC-InterAct Physical Activity Assessment Validation Study
The Fenland Measurement Reactivity Trial
Hertfordshire Birth Cohort Physical Activity Trial
The International Children Accelerometer Database (ICAD)
Physical Activity Annotation Study (PAAS)
Sedentary Time Validation Study
Step Test Validation Study
The validation of combined heart rate and movement sensors


Studies with primarily a prevention aim

Baby Milk
Diabetes Risk Communication Trial (DRCT)
The Feedback, Awareness and Behaviour (FAB) Study
Get Moving
Glucose Lowering in Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia Trial (GLINT) – NOW RECRUITING
The PROmotion of Physical activity through structured Education with differing Levels of ongoing Support for those with prediabetes (PROPELS)
Vitamin D Supplementation in People at Risk of Diabetes


Studies with primarily a behavioural epidemiology or public health aim

Commuting and Health in Cambridge Data sharing
iConnect Study Data sharing
The M74 Study
Physical Activity in Retirement
The Relocation to New Environments (RENEW) Study
The Studying Physical Activity in Children and their Environment (SPACE) study
Sport, Physical activity and Eating behaviour: Environmental Determinants in Young people (SPEEDY) Data sharing


In addition to the studies listed above, MRC Epidemiology Unit researchers are involved in studies through our partnership with the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). For more information please see the CEDAR study directory.