Many of our studies use a life course approach, examining how biological, behavioural and psychosocial processes operate across an individual's life course or across generations to influence the development of disease risk.
Life course research uses studies which follow the same individuals over time, known as cohort studies. Studies which follow the same individuals from birth are called birth cohort studies.
Our life course research aims to answer inter-related questions:
- What influences how we grow and develop from infants into adults?
- How do our development and experiences as children and adolescents influence our health and life-chances as adults?
- How do the health, circumstances and behaviour of parents influence the health and development of their children?
- Genetic and epigenetic population studies
Health, educational attainment and life chances
- Informing prevention strategies on obesity and sedentary lifestyles
- Interdisciplinary Research Network on Early Adversity and Later Life Reversibility