Research

The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit exploits the latest advances in genetic and epigenetic technologies. We develop new analysis methods to improve understanding of how our family background, behaviours and genes work together. Using these to investigate how people develop and remain healthy or become ill.

IEU scientists conduct some of the most advanced population health science research. This helps improve our understanding of the biological mechanisms and environmental factors that can underlie and trigger common diseases. Including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, mental ill-health and conditions linked to obesity, addiction and ageing.

Findings will be used to develop and test new interventions to prevent future disease.

What we do

The IEU has an interlinked portfolio of research, led by Professor George Davey Smith, that consists of six scientific programmes and three cross-cutting themes.

Research programmes

Cross cutting themes

The exponential increase in molecular data that can be generated should transform both the scope and power of epidemiological methods to improve understanding of human development and disease. We hope that with the MRC and University of Bristol support the IEU will play a part in this transformation.

Professor George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
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