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TARG part of new £23m research unit to improve our understanding of disease and ill-health

24 May 2013

The new £23million research unit will exploit the latest advances in genetics, to improve understanding of how changes to lifestyle or environment, as well as pharmacological interventions, can reduce the risk of disease. The Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU), jointly funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Bristol, will launch on 1 June 2013.

The new £23million research unit will exploit the latest advances in genetics, to improve understanding of how changes to lifestyle or environment, as well as pharmacological interventions, can reduce the risk of disease. The Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU), jointly funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Bristol, will launch on 1 June 2013.

The IEU involves scientists from across the University representing disciplines including epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics, psychology, computer science, chemistry, mathematics and economic and social sciences.

TARG's role in this research unit will be to identify the causes and consequences of disease and ill-health, primarily focussing on low mood and drug use such as tobacco and alcohol use. TARG will also identify ways of modifying these behaviours in order to promote healthier behaviours and lifestyles.

Professor Marcus Munafo, who will be leading TARG's work on this unit said: "This is a really exciting opportunity to link our work on the behavioural determinants of poor health with cutting-edge genomic and epigenomic methods. Ultimately, this research will lead to substantial advances in our understanding of the causal role these behaviours play, and improvements in health through the development of new interventions"

Read the University of Bristol press release about this new unit.

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