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
Published: Apr 26, 2013 2:30:00 PM
Senior Lecturer at the Centre, Dr Pat Tookey, was interviewed on the BBC News Channel, and participated in a 3-way live radio discussion on Voice of Russia. More...
Published: Mar 21, 2013 1:02:43 PM
In January 2013 Anna Pearce commences an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship. Her research will take a longitudinal and cross-national approach to gain a better understanding of why children from disadvantaged backgrounds experience poorer health than those from more advantaged backgrounds. Anna will spend the next three years researching this topic, including 12 months at the University of Adelaide. Findings will be used to inform UK and international policy for the reduction of child health inequalities. More...
Published: Jan 11, 2013 3:57:13 PM
The latest figures for uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine show that 91% of two year old children in England have received the vaccine. This is the first time since 1998 that MMR vaccine rates have been higher than 90%. In 1998 a publication in the Lancet, which was widely interpreted as suggesting MMR vaccine was linked with autism and bowel disease, led to widespread media coverage and speculation about the safety of this vaccine. Many parents who were justifiably concerned, decided not to accept the vaccine for their children. Rates fell to a low of 78% overall but in many districts, particularly in inner London, rates were as low as 50%. We are continuing to see the results of this, with large outbreaks of measles once again in England. More...
Published: Nov 28, 2012 3:24:55 PM
Centre Director, Catherine Law, gave the opening plenary lecture at the International Society of Social Paediatrics and Child Health’s conference in St Andrews on 6th September 2012. The theme for the conference was “evidence into practice and evidence into policy”. More...
Published: Sep 11, 2012 2:15:40 PM
Our research in this area is directed to understanding the potential risks that infection acquired by the mother in pregnancy may pose to the fetus and the child at birth.
Accurate information on the frequency of the infection being passed on to the fetus or baby is central to planning and evaluating prevention, diagnosis and treatment policies and practice.
We study many different infections, including rubella (German measles), HIV, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis and hepatitis C.
The health effects of some infections acquired in early life may not be evident until many years later. Some of our research looks at these later health consequences of early-life infections.
For more information see Infections
By using long-term data gathered though birth cohort studies we can discover more about how factors in early life influence our health as adults. For example, how does being overweight as a child affect cardiovascular health as an adult?
Answering these questions is crucial to understanding the origins of emerging health issues that are placing increasing pressure on our health and public services.
Measuring the size, height and weight of infants and children is relatively straightforward. However, the analysis of these measurements to transform them into an indicator of potential problems with a child’s growth and development is complex.
Our research in this area has contributed to the development of growth charts that are used by parents, healthcare workers and researchers worldwide.
Our research in this area includes a range of surveillance studies that have been instrumental in improving screening and treatment policies in the UK for a number of conditions with which infants are born.
As well as trying to improve our understanding of what causes these disorders, our research also aims to understand how they may affect a child’s health over the course of their life time.
More more information see Infections, Congenital and inherited disorders and Growth and development
Cross-cutting MRC research themes
Our four cross-cutting themes aim to extend our research capacity and skills across all the work that we do. These add value to our research into child health by enhancing the use and analysis of data we collect.
With the development of electronic health records there are new opportunities to link different sources of population and health data.
Effective linkage will allow us to follow children as they age, providing valuable sources of data to better understand the long-term effects of how our health and experiences in childhood affect our health throughout life.
For more information see Electronic health records
By developing new methods for analysing complex data and data gathered over long periods of time in both clinical and population studies, we can gain an even better understanding of growth, development and factors influencing long-term health.
For more information see Statistical methods
Genetic and Biological data gathered within the context of clinical or population studies can provide new insights into the causes of health and disease. Through funding dedicated to this area, we aim to develop skills and methodologies that take full advantage of the genetic and biological data in population and other studies.
For more information see: Genetic epidemiology
Evaluating, providing evidence for improvement, and identifying where new research could inform better policies is essential if our research is to have an impact.
To do this we must understand how our research is, and can be, relevant to policy-makers and the information they need. This theme focuses on extending our work around health services and public health research.
For more information see Research for policy and practice
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