The Confidence Interval is an occasional podcast from the MRC Epidemiology Unit – talking science, people and public health. We’re using this podcast to explore the research happening at the Unit, meet some of our researchers and find out what makes them tick.
Ways to listen:
- Soundcloud links below, or find the full playlist here
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- University of Cambridge streaming service
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Dr David Ogilvie
Dr David Ogilvie, Programme Leader and MRC Investigator in the Population Health Interventions group, talks to Unit Head of Communications Oliver Francis. They discuss how we evaluate complex interventions and phenomena; how we put together the findings of multiple studies in a meaningful way; and what we do with all this evidence if we want to improve public health. David reflects on his career studying physical activity, health and the built environment, and what we can learn from the Covid pandemic… and Sherlock Holmes.
Bonus material! You can find timestamped links to the various papers and resources David discusses in this podcast here.
Dr Jean Adams
Dr Jean Adams, Programme Leader and MRC Investigator in the Population Health Interventions group talks to Unit Head of Communications Oliver Francis about how we might improve the nation’s diet, the politics of what we eat, moving from medicine to public health and what motivates her scientific inquiry.
This episode features a recording of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas event “Improving our Diets – More Freedom or More Control?”. Governments try to improve our diets by labelling, taxes and manipulating what shops are on the high street. The right approach is not just a matter of what works, but involves questions about government and personal rights and responsibilities. Public health and policy experts explore the role of evidence and ethics in helping us decide how and when to intervene.
Dr Felix Day, Senior Research Associate in the Early Life Aetiology and Mechanisms of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders group talks to Unit Head of Communications Oliver Francis about genetics, puberty and unusual career trajectories. At the time of recording, the group was known as the Growth and Development programme. And since recording, Felix has been promoted from Career Development Fellow to Senior Research Associate.
Nita Forouhi, Programme Leader and MRC Investigator for the Nutritional Epidemiology Programme is interviewed by Isabel Harding. Nita talks about how what we eat affects our health and her advocay for good, solid evidence and equality, diversity and inclusion in science. Listen…