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Dr Laura Howe

Dr Laura Howe

Dr Laura Howe
BSc(Sus.), MSc(Lond.), PhD(Lond.)

Reader in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

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Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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I am a statistical epidemiologist. My two main interests are: i) the life course epidemiology of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and ii) the complex and bidirectional relationships between social factors (socioeconomic disadvantage, adverse childhood experiences) and health. 

I have experience of statistical techniques for repeated measures data, and in the integration of genetic data into epidemiological studies. 


I currently hold an MRC Career Development Award (2015-2020), and was previously funded by an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship (2011-2015). I joined the University of Bristol in 2008 after completing my MSc and PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

I am PI on a project funded by the Health Foundation that seeks to investigate the role of health in shaping wellbeing, social support, educational attainment, and employment. I lead the Interstela project, funded by the ESRC and BBSRC, which examines the influence of early life adversity on DNA methylation. I previously led an R01 grant funded by the US National Institute on Aging and ESRC to investigate the association between early life adversity and health in mid-life. 



I contribute to several short courses within the Social and Community Medicine (including Statistical Methods for Mediation Analysis). I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in August 2014. 


  • obesity
  • cardiovascular
  • socioeconomic inequalities
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • longitudinal
  • trajectories
  • mediation


  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • healthy ageing


  • multilevel modelling
  • causal inference

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