The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department at the University of Cambridge. It is working to improve the health of people in the UK and around the world.
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, behavioural and environmental factors that operate throughout life.
The mission of the Unit is to investigate the individual and combined effects of these factors and to develop and evaluate strategies to prevent these diseases and their consequences.
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Become a study volunteer
We are involved in many studies into 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 how to treat and prevent these diseases.
We are committed to sharing data to maximise the value of our work for the public good. Our Data Sharing pages have details of the principles and processes for accessing and sharing data.
Work and study
We offer a range of opportunities for scientists, research support staff and management professionals. Whether you are a recent graduate or a senior researcher, we want to attract the brightest minds and invest in their futures through structured career development and on-the-job learning.
Making an Impact
We are building research, clinical and public health pathways for the application of our work. This means collaborating across sectors, developing new approaches for healthcare, and informing population approaches to disease prevention and public health promotion.
Our latest news
Unit scientist Dr Thomas Burgoine is first author on a paper published in the journal Heart yesterday which found that in England and…
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