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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Ms Pia Horvat

Title: 'Life course socioeconomic circumstances and cognitive function in later life: The HAPIEE (Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors in Eastern Europe) Study’

Date & Time: Friday 11th November 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


With an ageing population healthy cognitive aging has become a major priority. It is now increasingly recognized that cognitive outcomes in old age reflect risk factors from across the life course. Research from Western countries suggests that adult socioeconomic position mediates the association between childhood socioeconomic circumstances and adult cognitive function. This work aims to explore the applicability of these findings to contexts with different socio-political histories and epidemiological profiles, namely the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe and the FSU.

Data from the HAPIEE study consisting of random samples of 19, 851 men and women aged 45-69 years at baseline in Novosibirsk (Russia), Krakow (Poland), Kaunas (Lithuania) and 6 Czech urban centres, will be used to investigate the relationship between socioeconomic position across the life course and cognitive function in later life and how it may have been modified by the life course socioeconomic trajectories observed under communism and during the transition.

Pia obtained a BA in Human Sciences and an MSc in Sociology from Oxford University. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2010 to undertake an ESRC funded PhD using the HAPIEE data under the supervision of Professor Martin Bobak and Professor Marcus Richards.

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