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 PCMD lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research.
The Group has close links to the Molecular Genetics - Monogenic and the Molecular Genetics - Polygenic for the development of the PMS 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.
Exeter has a history of ground-breaking epidemiological research, see Thomas Shapter.