UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care - advancing health across populations

The UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care addresses major 21st century health challenges such as health equity, obesity, tobacco and alcohol, ageing and the organisation of healthcare.



We are dedicated to teaching and capacity building in population health research and practice.



We aim to understand what determines health or disease in populations and we evaluate strategies to treat and prevent ill health.

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The Institute runs regular events and seminars across our various research departments. 



The Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care works in partnership with many international agencies, NGOs, Ministries of Health, educational institutions, the UK NHS and enterprise to improve health.



The Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care employs some of the world’s best scientific minds to work together towards improved public health for all. 



We produce a range of resources for health professionals, students and the public. 

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Spotlight: Joana Morrison

This month IEHC talks to Joana Morrsion who is a Research Associate within the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). Joana helps organise the hugely popular EPH guest speaker seminars and explains why the seminars are so important to everyone in IEHC and across UCL.

Published: Jan 16, 2018 7:54:08 AM

Retirement influences verbal memory - published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

Dr Baowen Xue and colleagues examined whether retirement can influence cognitive decline. Using the British Whitehall II occupational cohort study, they found that declines in verbal memory were 38% faster after retirement compared to before, after taking account of age-related decline. They also found that higher employment grade was protective against verbal memory decline while people were still working, but this ‘protective effect’ was lost when individuals retired, resulting in a similar rate of decline post-retirement across employment grades.  Open access link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10654-017-0347-7

Published: Jan 12, 2018 10:03:33 AM

ICLS continues to champion the Lifecourse sciences

The ESRC funded International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS) is a multi-disciplinary research Centre, bridging the social and biological sciences that was set up in January 2008 by Professor Mel Bartley. Professor Amanda Sacker took over as Director for the next phase of the Centre from January  2013 to March 2018 .    We are pleased to say that the centre will continue for another 3 years after having won ESRC transition funding. Professor Yvonne Kelly will be stepping into Prof Amanda Sackers’ shoes as Centre Director for this new phase which will focus on developing the impact of the research generated thus far.

Published: Jan 12, 2018 10:01:03 AM

Successful bid for the first stage of EU’s Horizon 2020 “Teaming” programme

Prof Martin Bobak and Dr Hynek Pikhart (Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) are partners in a successful bid for the first stage of EU’s Horizon 2020 “Teaming” programme. The project, which began on 1st September 2017, is led by the Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The main objective is to develop new research capacity in the cross-cutting area of Environment and Health in Central and Eastern Europe. The first stage of funding provides one year of financial support for the preparation of the main application. The kick-off meeting was held on 6 November 2017.

Published: Jan 12, 2018 9:14:32 AM

Success rates for quitting smoking in England have reached an all-time high

Dr Jamie Brown and Prof Robert West of the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health recently reported that quit success rates among smokers in England reached a new high during the first six months of 2017 (19.8%) compared with the average quit rate over the last decade (15.7%). This improvement was exclusively in those with lower socioeconomic status. The report was published in the Smoking in Britain journal and received media coverage from The Guardian and Public Health England

Published: Jan 12, 2018 9:07:49 AM