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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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I am a statistical epidemiologist, with expertise in the modelling of repeated measures data. My main interest is in understanding how factors from across the life course come together to influence health and disease. To do this, we need better methods for making the most of the detailed longitudinal data that is collected within cohort studies. I conduct methodological research into statistical methods for life course data, and apply these methods to studies of obesity, cardiometabolic health and healthy ageing. I also have an interest in inequalities in health from a life course perspective, particularly focusing on how socioeconomic differences emerge and change across life and in using longitudinal data to explore what factors might explain them. 


  • 2015-2020: MRC Career Development Award
      "Mediation analysis in life course epidemiology: methodological innovation and application to studies of obesity and cardiometabolic health"

  • 2011-2015: MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship
      "Longitudinal modelling of adiposity, its determinants and its consequences"

  • 2008-2011: Research Associate

  • 2005-2008: PhD student, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
      "The wealth index as a measure of socio-economic position"

  • 2004-2005: MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine



I am a tutor for the Clinical Epidemiology course for first year medical students and I contribute to several short courses within the Social and Community Medicine (including Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life Course Epidemiology, Analysis of Repeated Measures, Introduction to Statistics). I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in August 2014. 


  • longitudinal
  • trajectories
  • mediation
  • growth
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular
  • socio-economic inequalities


  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease
  • healthy ageing


  • multilevel modelling

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