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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: David Bann

Title: ‘Life course predictors of adult body composition’

Date & Time: Friday 14th January

Venue: G37 & G38


The amount of fat and lean mass in our bodies (our body composition) has crucial implications for our health and physical functioning. Obesity—excess fat mass—is associated with numerous measures of ill health and is highly prevalent: an estimated 25% of the English population in 2008. Low lean mass is part of the definition of sarcopenia, a condition associated with ageing in which muscle function and mass decline.

The overall aim of this PhD is to examine the factors across life that influence the amount of fat and lean mass in later adulthood, measured using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (the 1946 British birth cohort). Using this data-rich cohort, the role of a number of factors across life will be investigated: measures of growth before and after birth, pubertal timing, socioeconomic circumstances across life, and physical activity.

David has a BSc in Biology and Psychology and an MRes in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics from Glasgow University. Prior to starting his PhD, David worked as a technical and language editor for a clinical medicine journal and then as a freelance editor.

David began a 3-year MRC-funded doctoral program in October 2009, supervised by Professor Diana Kuh, Dr Rachel Cooper, and Dr Andrew Wills.

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