Andrew Cooper was an Investigator Scientist in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, who left the Unit in September 2015. He has a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science, an MSc in Human Nutrition, and MPhil and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. He joined the MRC Unit as an MPhil student with the Nutritional Epidemiology programme in 2007, before joining the Unit’s Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders programme in 2012. Andrew led research on studies of physical activity and ageing.
Andrew’s research focused on examining the influence of physical activity and sedentary behaviours on physical capability, diabetes and related metabolic disorders in older adulthood, as well as on examining the determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviours in middle adulthood and later life. Andrew’s research was aimed at helping to create and deliver physical activity interventions which are effective, scalable, affordable and which can reach and engage the wider adult population in order to reduce the burden of physical incapability and associated disorders in older adults.