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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
Genome-wide association of early growth phenotypes
Dr Elina Hyppönen and Professor Chris Power are involved in ongoing research being undertaken as part of a consortium, carrying out genome-wide association analyses in the 1958 Birth Cohort samples on several growth phenotypes including birth weight and gestational age.
From the initial consortium, the EArly Genetics and Lifecoure Epidemiology (EAGLE) Consortium has formed, with many emerging research possibilities. The birth cohort and pregnancy cohort studies that make up the consortium are collaborating to investigate the genetic basis of health and disease in antenatal and early life.
Horikoshi M, Yaghootkar H, Mook-Kanamori DO, (65 others), Hyppönen E, (80 others), Freathy R. Novel loci associated with birth weight reveal genetic links between intrauterine growth and adult height and metabolism. Nature genetics (in press)
Bradfield JP, Taal HR,
Timpson TJ, Scherag A, Lecoeur C, Warrington NM,
Hyppönen E, (and 68 others) for the Early Growth Genetics
Consortium. A genome-wide association meta-analysis identifies new
childhood obesity loci. Nat Genet, 2012
Variants in ADCY5 and near CCNL1 are associated with fetal growth and birth weight. Nature Genetics, 2010
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