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We are a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with an international reputation for population-level and clinical research that influences public health policy and practice.

Our aim is to promote the health of children and young people and the adults they will become through conducting research:

  • across the life course
  • on common, chronic and complex conditions, in addition to rare disorders
  • on defining and measuring what matters for children, young people and their families
  • recognising the wider contexts of children's lives
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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Genetic Information and Intellectual Disability

Teams of leading UK scientists have joined forces to unlock an untapped source of genetic information in a bid to better understand and treat children with intellectual disability.

Experts from Cambridge, Cardiff and UCL will be given unprecedented access to genetic information on Intellectual Disability from NHS Regional Genetics Centres across the UK as part of a first phase of a major new MRC study.

The main objective of the IMAGINE ID project, led by Professor David Skuse, is to gain a better understanding of why the genetic anomalies that cause learning disabilities lead to behavioural problems in childhood and a heightened risk of later-developing psychiatric disorders in adolescence and adulthood. 

See the IMAGINE ID website for further information.

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