At the Unit, 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 approach to knowledge exchange is informed by the translational framework for public health research which we developed on behalf of the MRC Population Health Science Research Network. This framework identifies that there are many routes that evidence takes towards improving health – through media and public opinion, professional practice, health surveillance and development of basic science.
Within public health, we work with practitioners as part of our studies, and with policymakers at a local, regional and national level to share our research and to develop understanding of policy perspectives. This includes collaborating with the Centre for Science and Policy. A large amount of our public health policy work is developed through the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), which is led by the Unit.
- Our research regularly receives national and international press coverage. Many of our news stories have direct relevance to practice and policy: www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/news
- Follow us on Twitter @MRC_Epid and @CedarUK
- The majority of our scientific publications are Open Access: www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/research-papers.
- Evidence summaries submitted to parliamentary bodies and guidance producing organisations. Hosted on the CEDAR website.
- Evidence Briefs and data visualisations – succinct summaries of research findings for policymakers and practitioners. Hosted on the CEDAR website.
- Food environment assessment tool (Feat) – www.feat-tool.org.uk. Feat allows for detailed exploration of the geography of food retail access across England. Map, measure and monitor access to food outlets at a neighbourhood level, including changes over time.
- Propensity to Cycle tool – www.pct.bike. The PCT provides an evidence base to inform cycling investment.
- Diet, Anthropometry and Physical Activity (DAPA) Measurement Toolkit – www.measurement-toolkit.org. A free resource to assist researchers and public health or public end-users to identify methods for the assessment of diet, anthropometry and physical activity.
If you have questions about this area of our work, please contact Oliver Francis.