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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘Dietary Patterns and Metabolic Syndrome in the HAPIEE Study’

Speaker: Ms Peijue Huangfu

Date & Time: Thursday 15th March 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is known as a predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, CVD mortality and total mortality. In Europe, the prevalence of MetS is around 25% among adults. During the past few decades, total and CVD mortality has been increasing in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and CVD has accounted for almost 60% of the gap in life-expectancy between Western Europe and CEE. According to the literature, some food patterns (e.g. healthy food pattern) are associated with a lower risk of MetS, while some other patterns (e.g. western food pattern) are associated with a higher risk of MetS. Only few studies of dietary patterns and MetS have been conducted in CEE. Therefore, a cross-country study with a large sample size to compare dietary patterns related to MetS has been needed in CEE.

The main aim of the PhD project is to evaluate the effect of different dietary patterns on MetS risk and its components, and to examine different dietary patterns among CEE countries according to social and demographic factors (sex, age, SEP, marital status, smoking, physical activity) using data from international HAPIEE Study conducted in Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Peijue completed her two bachelor degrees in both Preventive Medicine and Law in Tianjin Medical University, China, in 2009.  In 2010-2011, she did her MSc in Social Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. In November 2010, she started her PhD research under the supervision of Dr Hynek Pikhart, Dr Eric Brunner, and Dr Anne Peasey.

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