Unit research aims are addressed through a core set of seven research programmes funded by MRC:
Aetiology of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders – Nick Wareham
- Studies the association of genes with type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders.
- Examines how these associations are modified by environmental factors, such as diet and physical activity.
Nutritional Epidemiology – Nita Forouhi
- Investigates the role that diet and nutrition play in the risk of developing diabetes, obesity and obesity-related disorders
- Develops and uses improved methods of assessment of diet.
Growth and Development – Ken Ong
- Identifies trajectories of childhood growth and reproductive timing that are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic diseases.
- Studies the mechanisms that underlie these trajectories in order to inform early life preventive strategies.
Physical Activity Epidemiology – Søren Brage
- Investigates how physical activity and sedentary behaviour affects the health of people across their lifespan.
- Develops and evaluates different methods for assessing physical activity in epidemiological studies.
Physical Activity and Public Health – David Ogilvie
- Evaluates the effects of environmental and policy interventions on physical activity behaviours.
- Studies related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change.
Behavioural Epidemiology – Esther van Sluijs
- Investigates physical activity behaviour in young people with the aim of developing and evaluating interventions to promote physical activity.
- Uses observational research to further understand where, when and how physical activity interventions in young people may be targeted.
Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders – Simon Griffin
- Translates knowledge gained from epidemiological studies into action to prevent diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders.
- Assesses the effectiveness of different approaches to prevent these conditions and their complications.
Centre for Diet and Activity Research – www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk
The department also hosts the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). CEDAR studies the factors that influence dietary and physical activity related behaviours, developing and evaluating public health interventions, and helping shape public health practice and policy. Information on the research programmes within CEDAR can be found here.