MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
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- Congenital disorders
- Childhood origins of adult disease
- Electronic health records
- Genetic epidemiology
- Growth & development
- Health inequalities
- Life course research
- Obesity, nutrition & physical activity
- Research for policy & practice
- Screening & surveillance
- Statistical methods
- Vision & eyes
Centre for Policy Research
Directed by Professor Catherine Law, the Centre for Policy Research uses a range of methods to try to address research questions in ways
which are meaningful and useful to policy-makers, with the overall aim
of improving the lives and health of children by enhancing the
scientific basis of policy and practice.
Collaborating for better policy research
Professor Catherine Law and Professor Chris Power are both part of the Department of Health funded Public Health Research Consortium which conducts research aimed at improving public health policy.
Professor Ruth Gilbert and Professor Catherine Law each lead a research theme for the Department of Health Policy Research Unit for Children, Young People and Families.
Research for policy and practice
Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of children through improving both clinical and public health practice and policy. Our research can only do this if it is used to inform policies that affect the lives of children and their parents.
This is not restricted to health policies, but all the policies that affect our health and wellbeing, from health service policies to employment or education policies.
Policy research is also about identifying where new research could
inform better policies. Additional funding from the MRC is allowing us
to develop new approaches to policy research for both public policies
Providing the evidence for making decisions about best practice
Policies around health services, including screening policies, best clinical practice or the most effective treatment options will often need very specific questions answered: the prevalence of conditions or the success rates of treatments for example. A number of our studies identify and then address these questions directly, providing evidence to make decisions about healthcare services and clinical practice.
Asking questions to understand the effects of public policies
Policy making needs to take into consideration the complexities of the factors that affect our health and wellbeing, not just as children, but throughout our lives. By conducting research at a population level, epidemiologists are well-placed to provide information that can fill gaps in existing evidence and inform both the development and evaluation of a range of public policies on health.
More about policy research for public health
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