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The Population Health Research Institute uses routine health statistics, together with the results of health surveys and controlled trials, to measure the burden of disease in communities, to explore causes of ill-health, to inform policies for prevention and to improve the delivery of healthcare.

Our research on the health of populations involves researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, including epidemiologists, statisticians, mental health researchers, nutritionists, social scientists and health psychologists. We have clinical researchers with backgrounds in primary care, paediatrics, psychiatry, medicine and public health, which provide links to St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the South West London Mental Health Trust.

Research is organised under two Research Sections.  The Chronic Disease Epidemiology section, led by Professor Chris Owen, focuses on the epidemiology and determinants of chronic disease (including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, eye disease and respiratory and allergic disease) and congenital anomalies.   The Environment, Prevention & Health Care section, led by Professor Joan Morris, focuses on environmental determinants of health, disease prevention (including behaviour change trials), mental health research, primary care research (including the Primary Care Epidemiology Group) and evidence-based health care (including the Cochrane Airways Group).  

Members of the institute are active participants in many international partnerships, including some with global coverage. There are also formal links within the University of London, with the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health, based at Imperial College and King’s College, and with the British Regional Heart Study team, based at University College London.

Contact details

Institute Director

Professor Charlotte Clark
Email chclark

Institute Manager

Thuy Vuong
Tel: 0208 725 5601
Email qvuong

Head of Section: Environment, Prevention & Health Care

Professor Joan Morris
Email jmorris

Head of Section: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Professor Christopher Owen
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Staff Profiles

Professor Richard Atkinson

Dr Iain Carey

Dr Christopher Cates

Professor Derek Cook

Professor Julia Critchley

Dr Emma Dennett

Dr Rebecca Fortescue

Dr Angela Donin

Professor Tess Harris

Dr Peijue Huangfu

Dr Mohammed Hudda

Professor Joan Morris

Dr Claire Nightingale

Professor Pippa Oakeshott

Dr Mohammad Razai

Professor Alicja Rudnicka

Emma Stovold

Professor David Strachan

Professor Michael Ussher

Professor Peter Whincup

Dr Sarah White
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