The Department of Public Health and Primary Care generates evidence to inform the prevention of premature death and disability, the promotion of health, and provide evidence-based health policy.
There is a particular focus on common chronic conditions – common cancers, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and metabolic diseases.
There are a series of units within the Department. This page provides a quick guide to the work of these units.
The Department is led by Professor John Danesh. See homepage
Ageing and Neuroscience
Three programmes (CamCAN, CFAS and CC75C) contribute to the understanding of brain ageing with a population perspective that spans successful, usual and pathological ageing. Professor Carol Brayne. See homepage
Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Unit
Carries out association studies in breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers, to identify and characterise susceptibility loci. The co-ordinating centre for three large international consortia with data from over 200,000 individuals. Professor Douglas Easton. See homepage
Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit
Conducts powerful and detailed studies to identify and evaluate genetic, biochemical, lifestyle, and environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Professor John Danesh. See homepage
This Unit looks at how best to maintain health in older populations, aiming to quantify the combined role of lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors in the aetiology of the major disabling diseases of later life. Professor Kay-Tee Khaw. See homepage
Primary Care Unit
Focuses on understanding the determinants of behaviour, translating knowledge about risk factors and mechanisms into preventative and management strategies for chronic diseases, and testing these strategies in populations and settings representative of primary care. Professor Jonathan Mant. See homepage
International Health Research Group
Assesses the burden and aetiology of infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among populations integrating principles and procedures underlying epidemiology, genomics and public health. Explores epidemiological transitions in low-income countries. Dr Manjinder Sandhu. See homepage