The group conducts research on genetic and conventional risk factors for chronic conditions of ageing.

Epidemiology and Public Health

The Epidemiology and Public Health Group conducts research on genetic and conventional risk factors for chronic conditions of ageing. The group (led by Professor David Melzer) uses epidemiological methods to explore causes and to inform clinical decision-making and policy. The group's current special interests include:

  • behavioural, social and health care influence on health and survival in later life (supported by Age UK and the National Institute for Health Research)
  • biochemical, genetic variation and gene expression in age related disease (supported in part by the US National Institute on Aging at NIH), especially in the areas of muscle function, cognition, obesity and inflammation
  • health effects of environmental exposures, including endocrine disruptors, on age-related conditions
  • evaluation of interventions to reduce epidemiological risks in mid and later life

Professor David Melzer is lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research.

The Group has close links to Molecular Genetics - Monogenic and Molecular Genetics - Polygenic for the development of the UEMS genetic epidemiology programme on ageing. It also has close links to the environment toxicology group in the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter for studies of chemical exposure.

In September 2015 the group produced The Age UK almanac of disease profiles in later life, which is a reference on the frequency of major diseases, conditions and syndromes affecting older people in England.