Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Sungano Chigogora 

Current research:

With an increasingly ageing global population, the concept of 'healthy ageing' is receiving growing attention by both researchers and policymakers.  According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and various studies have identified the role of depression in increasing morbidity and all-cause mortality in older age.  The aim of my research is to explore possible causes of depression in older people, adding to what is already known about this condition in ageing individuals. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), which is a large population study of people aged 50 years and over living in England, I am investigating the predictive capacity of the following for depression symptoms: 
1) Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which is a growth hormone that has been found to be associated with depression in animal studies
2) Internet use, and 
3 Cardio-vascular disease risk factors



  • September 2013 - Present: UCL - MRC/ESRC Multidisciplinary 4-year studentship in Epidemiology and Public Health
  • January 2010 - September 2013: University College London Hospitals (NHS Foundation Trust) - Specialist Practitioner of Transfusions
  • September 2004 - January 2010: University College Hospitals (NHS Foundation Trust), Haematology Unit - Staff Nurse/ Team Leader


2013 - MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology, University College London

2011 - Post-graduate Diploma in Tropical Nursing, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2009 - BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, City University, London

2004 - DipHE Nursing Studies, London Southbank University


Chigogora S, Zaninotto P, Batty GD. Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 and risk of depression in older people: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing [meeting abstract]. In: The Lancet. Public Health Science: A national conference dedicated to new research in UK public health, 13 Nov 2015, 386 (SI-S83), S30.