MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
Research quick links
- 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
Using research to develop policy
Research shows that early experience influences life chances, the development of human capital, and long-term health. This has led to a general policy emphasis in the UK on prevention and early intervention. However, our analysis found that there are few examples of the evidence base being useful in shaping specific policies, despite the potential to do so, and some examples of policy misunderstanding science.
Will our children be healthy adults? Applying science to public health policy (pdf)
This article is based on the 2009 Royal College of Physicians Milroy Lecture, given by Professor Catherine Law. It discusses how minor changes to the perspectives of epidemiological research might greatly increase the potential for evidence-based policy.
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.
Research for policy
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.
Research into health inequalities, lifestyle choices or the childhood origins of adult disease are not always easy to translate into evidence for policy, so it it vital that we also develop approaches that make our research relevant and accessible to policy-makers across the spectrum of policy.
Current and recent research
- Employment and child health
- Engaging young people in policy research
- Family structure
- Inter-country comparisons to inform child health policies
- Obesity, nutrition and physical activity
- Policies for the early years
- UK policies to tackle child health inequalities
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