Epidemiological neuroscience and population health
Who is involved in epidemiological neuroscience and population research?
For a list of researchers in this area, go to the People tab on the left hand navigation bar and search for Epidemiological and Population Health under 'Key areas'.
What is epidemiological neuroscience and population research?
Where? Which age groups? What kind of lifestyle, diet, housing, and education?
Studying populations to see how different factors affect the distribution and frequency of neuropsychiatric disorders provides great insights, both for scientific understanding, and for treatment programs to manage and prevent their future occurrence.
How can their distribution and frequency be changed?
Clinical trials of various interventions can lend weight to a scientific theory, and, importantly, guide health policies, especially in primary care.
Depression, addiction, common mental illnesses, and other disorders associated with subjective diagnosis but high incidence, benefit from the epidemiological approach; such disorders reveal hidden truths about themselves through population statistics. Equally, research into rare neurological diseases also benefits from examining whole populations, rather than just isolated cases.
Bristol’s great strengths in epidemiology thus complement and build on our other areas of neuroscience research.
Where is research in epidemiological and population health for BN carried out?
- Bristol Medical School: Centre for Academic Primary care
- Bristol Medical School: Centre for Academic Mental Health
- Bristol Medical School: MRC Integrative Epidemiological Unit
How? Typical methods and techniques
Typical techniques used include randomised controlled trials (RCTs), statistical techniques, prospective studies of large population cohorts, mulit-centre trials, evaluation of interventions, and assessing large datasets to determine correlations between lifestyle choices and disease.