Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Melanie Lacey 


Research interests:

  • Health related behaviours
  • Alcohol use
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Relationships between mental and physical health
  • Chronic disease
  • Genetics

Current research:

My work is investigating the relationship between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular outcomes. The current evidence base lacks an understanding of the effects that varying patterns of alcohol consumption across the life-course have on cardiovascular outcomes, and how these relationships are mediated through biochemical pathways. My work will use repeated measures of alcohol consumption from a number of different prospective cohort studies, to investigate the association between trajectories of alcohol consumption and changes in biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease.


2013- present: ERC funded PhD student

2012-2013: Research Assistant, The University of Nottingham, ADDUCE study.

2006-2011: Business analyst, project manager: Accenture, Tesco.


2012 MSc Epidemiology (Distinction), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
2005 BSc(hons) Human Genetics (First class), The University of Nottingham.


Disanto G, Morahan JM, Lacey MV, DeLuca GC, Giovannoni G, Ebers GC, Ramagopalan SV. Seasonal distribution of psychiatric births in England. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34866. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

Pakpoor J, Disanto G, Lacey MV, Hellwig K, Giovannoni G, Ramagopalan SV.Breastfeeding and multiple sclerosis relapses: a meta-analysis. J Neurol. 2012 May 23.