Upcoming seminars and events
The MRC Epidemiology Unit organises a seminar series where you can hear from leading researchers in diet, physical activity, public health and epidemiology, as well as others beyond academia working in these areas.
All future seminars, and other events involving the Unit, are listed at www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/events/
Listed below are those MRC Epidemiology Unit seminars and events where slides, audio or video are available. Many are also available in a playlist on our Youtube channel.
Do boutique cohort studies have a role in diabetes epidemiology?
Professor Timothy Davis, University of Western Australia
12 September 2023. Watch recording.
Learning from Covid-19: Why elimination should be the default strategy for future pandemics
Professor Michael Baker, University of Otago
20 July 2023. Watch recording.
Ultra-processed foods: a need for clarification to enhance public health policies
Dr Zoé Colombet, University of Liverpool
15 May 2023. Watch recording.
Agent based Modelling for Urban Health Impact Assessment
Tabea Sonnenschein, University of Utrecht
12 May 2023. Watch recording.
Physical Activity research: strengthening ties between Brazil and the United Kingdom
Dr Samuel Dumith, Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil
20 March 2023. Watch recording.
Obesity Prevention: The role of evidence in the policy cycle
Dr Tazeem Bhatia, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care
13 March 2023. Watch recording.
Diabetes No More: lessons from the DiRECT trial and beyond
Professor Mike Lean, University of Glasgow.
20 February 2023. Watch recording.
Realising the health potential through sustainable built environment designs
Dr Ronita Bardhan, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
24 November 2022. Watch recording.
Moving beyond one-size-fits-all: Exploring patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan
Dr Gregore Mielke, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland
01 November 2022. Watch recording.
Historical and contemporary perspectives of the nutrition transition
Dr Cornelia Guell, University of Exeter
05 July 2022. Watch recording.
Using time use and trajectory data to unpack the interrelated geographies of food, care, and household labor
Dr Michael Widener, University of Toronto
28 June 2022. Watch recording.
Is ‘place’ the key to better and more equal population health?
Professor Rich Mitchell, University of Glasgow
15 March 2022. Watch recording and download slides.
Using administrative data linkage to create electronic birth cohorts: opportunities and challenges
Dr Katie Harron, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
07 December 2021. Watch recording and download slides.
Open Cambridge 2021 – What does the UK eat? The national diet down through the decades
Angela Mulligan and Dr Toni Steer, MRC Epidemiology Unit
15 September 2021. Watch recording.
Policymaking: why it matters to us, how it works, what to do
Dolly Theis (PhD student at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in the University of Cambridge), Dr Kelly Parsons (Food policy and governance research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire), Dame Una O’Brien (Independent advisor and expert on health policy)
Discussion Chair: Professor Martin White, MRC Epidemiology Unit in the University of Cambridge.
19 July 2021. Watch recording.
Global surveillance of young people’s physical activity
Dr Regina Guthold, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health and Ageing Department, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
18 June 2021. Watch recording and download slides.
Toward a universal body composition assessment using 3D body scan
Marcelline Dechenaud, Thecla, LLC and Professor Steven Heymsfield, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
13 May 2021. Watch recording.
Integrating diverse data sets to improve causal inference
Professor Judith Green, University of Exeter
05 May 2021. Watch recording and download slides.
Cambridge Festival 2021 – Involving people in telehealth research during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr Kirsten Rennie and Dr Rebecca Richards, MRC Epidemiology Unit
This Cambridge Festival event, hosted by Professor Nick Wareham, took place on 29 March 2021. Watch recording.
Road User Charging: what does existing evidence tell us?
Dr Anthony Laverty, Imperial College London
23 February 2021. Watch recording and download slides.
Health as an asset: estimating the causal effects of health conditions and health behaviours on social and economic outcomes using Mendelian randomization
Dr Laura Howe, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol
15 September 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
Need for standardization in the global surveillance of physical activity of children and youth
Dr Salomé Aubert, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Center; Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.
25 August 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
INDDEX24: A Digital Solution for Streamlining Dietary Assessment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Dr Jennifer Coates, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
28 July 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
Gestational Diabetes: a nutritional disorder?
Dr Claire Meek, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, UK.
22 June 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
The Greek National Survey on Health and Nutrition (the HYDRIA Project)
Dr Elissavet Valanou, FSA – European Food Risk Assessment (EU-FORA) Fellow, Hellenic Health Foundation (HHF), Greece
9 June 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
Movement behaviours and cognitive development in early childhood: Evidence, insights and interventions from South Africa
Dr Catherine Draper, MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, UCT Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
13 May 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
Systems approaches to obesity: The lived experience of young people
Prof Wendy Wills, Professor of Food and Public Health, Director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
6 May 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
The Challenges of Meta-analysing Metabolomics Data; Experiences from the Consortium Of METabolomics Studies (COMETS)
Dr Rachel Kelly, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, USA
23 April 2020. Watch recording and download slides.
Movement behaviours and parenting in the first two years of life
How does it work? Using process tracing methods to study policy processes
Professor Derek Beach, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
8 April 2020.
Introducing the Propensity to Cycle Tool and explaining the new health impact calculation methods
Healthy Cities from the Bottom Up: A Human-centred Approach to Urban and Transport Planning
Applications of geospatial data and methods in environmental epidemiology
Download slides (pdf).
Nutritional Psychiatry: recent advances in evidence for diet and nutrition for mental and brain health
Download slides (pdf).
The Economics of Infectious Disease
The nexus between food literacy, food security and disadvantage
Download slides (pdf).
Improving our Diets – More Freedom or More Control?
Cambridge Festival of Ideas Event organised by the the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) which is led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit, and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. Chaired by Dr Mike Kenny from the Bennett Institute. Panel: Dr Jean Adams (CEDAR), Dr Tom Burgoine (CEDAR), Prof Jaideep Prabhu (Judge Business School) and Dr Mike Kelly (Department of Public Health and Primary Care)
Walking on sunshine: What is the evidence for the effects of walking on mental health?
Food Behaviours – not a lot to do with food but pretty much a symptom of everything else
Download slides (pdf).
Why do policymakers seem to ignore your evidence?
Professor Paul Cairney, Department of History and Politics, University of Stirling
21 February 2018. Watch recording.