Medical Research Council Funded Programmes
Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders of Later Life – Nick Wareham & Claudia Langenberg
- 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.
Early Life Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders – Ken Ong & John Perry
- 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.
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.
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.
Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People – 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.
- Translates knowledge gained from epidemiological studies into action to prevent diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders in high risk groups.
- Assesses the effectiveness of different approaches to prevent these conditions and their complications.
Population Health Interventions – David Ogilvie, Martin White, Jean Adams
- Investigates upstream determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour.
- Evaluates interventions aimed at shifting the population distribution of diet and physical activity to improve population health.
Departmental Programmes and initiatives
Mechanisms of metabolic disease – Inês Barroso
- Uses large-scale genetic datasets to identify genes associated with metabolic disease
- Combines genomic datasets and functional assays to gain mechanistic insights into disease aetiology
Innovation in the Measurement of Diet, Physical Activity and Nutrition – Kirsten Rennie, Emanuella De Lucia Rolfe, Polly Page, Albert Koulman
- Adopts and translates methods developed by the Unit MRC funded programmes and others into scalable, validated, quality-assured measures suitable for a range of research purposes and settings
- Disseminates methodological advances, tools and processes for use in local, national and international research and in clinical settings.
Evaluation of Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Patient Populations – Kirsten Rennie, Linda Oude Griep
- Provides a coordinated programme for the routine assessment of diet, physical activity and nutrition to support patient care.
- Develops and evaluates diet and physical activity scalable and feasible interventions for patient groups in clinical settings
Public Health Modelling – James Woodcock
- Uses simulation modelling methods to help us answer questions that no single empirical study can answer.
- Estimates longer term and population wide health benefits, harms and trade-offs; and uses data to develop informative ‘what if’ scenarios to understand potential for change and inform policy and intervention development.
Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) – www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk
- Studies the population-level influences on what we eat and how much physical activity we do.
- Develops and evaluates public health interventions, and helps to shape public health practice and policy.
Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR) – www.gdarnet.org
Funded through the NIHR Global Health Research initiative
- An international research partnership to help combat poor diet and physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
- Partners in the GDAR network include Universities in South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and the West Indies.
More about our work in Global Public Health research at www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/global-public-health/