MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
MRC centre leadership
MRC Centre Applicants
The following members of the ICH Centre of Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics made the application for MRC status.
The MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
The MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health was established in 2007 as a partnership between the MRC and UCL. Resources and funding provided by MRC and UCL add value to the work of scientists in the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics through enabling new research initiatives, infrastructure and training opportunities.
The MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health is an integral part of the Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is one of the largest academic centres in the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH).
Adding value to our research
Our status as an MRC centre at UCL provides an exceptional environment from which to maintain and extend our capacity to carry out world-class research that contributes to improving public health policy and clinical practice for the benefit of children and their families.
The MRC Centre adds value to existing research by focussing on 'cross-cutting' aspects of work common to and underpinning our existing research themes. These cross-cutting themes are:
- Electronic health record research
- Statistical methods
- Genetic epidemiology
- Policy research in child health
Coming together to develop new approaches and methods in each of these four areas allows us to extend the value of our research in new ways.
Find out more about our research themes.
This work is supported through new posts in genetic epidemiology and biostatistics and through additional resources for policy research and secure data management.
Extending our research capabilities
Epidemiologists and statisticans work with large-scale datasets that may need to be linked at the person level to other information. This requires specialised secure computing facilities and the support of computer scientists and informaticians.
MRC funding supports a team of specialist staff who have developed and operate epiLab – a highly secure computer information system which supports the work of all scientists in our centre. The infrastructure of epiLab is funded by UCL.
The epiLab facility has increased our capacity to carry out research that uses sensitive data, as well as to collect and manage longitudinal and other data across the life course to international data security and quality standards. epiLab makes it possible for researchers in the Centre to lead major research initiatives such as, for example, the next UK Birth Cohort Study.
Training and developing researchers
As one of the largest groups of internationally recognised paediatric epidemiologists and biostatisticians working in the field of children's health in the UK we provide a unique doctoral and postdoctoral training environment for the researchers and clinical scientists of tomorrow.
The MRC Centre award has added to our existing strengths in training through funding of doctoral studentships and a clinical research training fellowship. This allows us to continue to attract and train the brightest graduates and clinicians in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health.
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