The MRC Epidemiology Unit studies the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders, as well as approaches to the prevention of these diseases and their consequences.
The Unit has seven Medical Research Council funded programmes of research, ranging from the aetiology and mechanisms of diabetes and related metabolic disorders, through nutritional and physical activity epidemiology, to prevention-focused programmes in young people and adult populations.
We also have a number of departmental programmes in areas including public health modelling, global public health, measurement of diet, nutrition and physical activity, and mechanisms of metabolic disease.
The measurement programmes are part of our leadership of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre theme in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle.
Our global public health research includes our leadership of the NIHR Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR), an international research partnership to help combat poor diet and physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
We also lead the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). Established as one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence, CEDAR is now particularly focused on communicating our public health research to practice and policy.
The Unit’s programmes are supported by a core set of prospective cohort studies, detailed quantitative trait metabolic studies, case-control studies and trials that serve both aetiological and preventive purposes. Read more about our research studies.
Underpinning all our scientific programmes and studies are specialist Research Operations teams. These include data management, information technology, laboratory analysis, statistics, physical activity and anthropometric measurement, study coordination, field epidemiology, and communications. Read more about our Research Operations teams.
Research papers published by members of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, as well as other scientific resources, are available at www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/research-papers/
You can also search our publications through the University of Cambridge Apollo Repository.
- All of Apollo: www.repository.cam.ac.uk
- School of Clinical Medicine on Apollo: www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/34581
The MRC Epidemiology Unit data sharing portal provides access to our study meta-data. It includes summary details of our studies and data dictionaries which describe the types of data that are available. Read more about our data sharing policies and resources.
We aim to achieve our research aims while adhering to the highest ethical standards and working in accordance with requirements of the University of Cambridge and MRC policy and guidance, legislation and guidance from regulatory bodies as well as local ethical and governance frameworks. The Unit also acts in accordance with the Clinical School policies which can be found on the Research Governance website and the Information Governance website. These standards for good research practice underpin the quality of science and ensure the integrity of outputs. This provides assurance to those whose work builds on the findings of others to drive improvements in health and also supports public confidence and participation in research.