Carol Brayne is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic (CBE). Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Professor Brayne’s research focuses on the public health of ageing. Carol graduated in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, and went on to train in general medicine. After gaining membership she took a Training Fellowship in epidemiology with the MRC (Medical Research Council), studying ageing and dementia. Since the mid-80s her main research area has been longitudinal studies of older people; mapping changes in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features with a public health perspective. She is lead principal investigator in the group of MRC CFA Studies which have continued to inform national policy and scientific understanding of dementia in whole populations. Carol has been responsible for epidemiology and public health training programmes for under and postgraduates since the early 90s.
Louise Lafortune is a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and the coordinator of engagement activities for SPHR@cam. She has a background in Neurosciences, Public Health and Ageing, and nine years of industry experience in clinical trials, health economics and outcomes research. Her research interests encompass the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative methods and service delivery models aimed at improving care for individuals with complex health and social care needs, specifically frail older people. Concerned with the practical application of research findings for patient benefits, her responsibilities include knowledge synthesis, public health analysis and evaluation of changes in services configuration and delivery resulting from the use of research.
Peter Jones qualified in medicine at Westminster Medical School. After first working as a physician at The Whittington Hospital and KCH, he trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene. He has been Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge since 2000, Head of Department of Psychiatry from 2000-2014, and Deputy Head of the Clinical School since 2014. He has been a NIHR CLARHC Director since 2008 and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. Peter’s research interests are in the epidemiology of mental illness, particularly early life determinants, and in evaluation of effective interventions at the individual and system level. Clinically he co-led the award winning CAMEO.nhs.uk early intervention service until taking on his NIHR responsibilities in CLAHRC East of England - a partnership between researchers and health services to accelerate the generation and application of evidence from applied health research in policy and practice.
Martin White joined the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) from Newcastle University, where he was Director of Fuse (the Centre for Translational Research), and leads a research programme focused on understanding the determinants of behaviour and the development and evaluation of interventions that impact dietary behaviours. He is a clinical academic, trained in medicine and public health, with broad experience of public health research and practice, with an international reputation for his research and leadership. Martin has an interest in developing research on the influence of the food industry, the impact of social and policy interventions on diet, and the population impact of individual level interventions.
Emma Howarth is a Senior Research Associate for CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research Care) in the East of England, and co-lead of the Child and young people’s mental health services research group. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions and services to improve children’s mental health outcomes. She has a particular interest in early intervention that targets ‘high risk’ groups, with specific expertise regarding children’s exposure to hostile, coercive and violent family environments.
Ed Wilson joined the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) in 2013 as Senior Research Associate in Health Economics. He trained in economics at the University of York before gaining a PhD in health economics from the University of East Anglia. He has expertise in decision analytic modelling, economic evaluation alongside clinical trials, option appraisal and programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA). He has applied these in a variety of disease areas including obesity, stroke, dementia, lupus, IVF, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and ulcerative colitis. Ed’s methodological research is in the area of value of information analysis - a quantitative approach to setting research priorities making use of uncertainty in the results of economic evaluations to quantify the expected return on investment in further research.
Theresa Marteau is Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) in the Clinical School at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She studied psychology at the London School of Economics and political science at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include development and evaluation of interventions to change behaviour (principally diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption) to improve population health and reduce health inequalities, with a particular focus on targeting non-conscious processes; risk perception and communication of biomarker-derived risks; acceptability of government interventions to change behaviour. A Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Social Sciences, in 2017 Theresa was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her contribution to public health.
Jenna Panter trained in environmental sciences (BSc) before completing a PhD focusing on the environmental and psychosocial influences on walking and cycling, using data from the SPEEDY and EPIC-Norfolk studies. She worked as lead quantitative researcher the MRC Epidemiology Unit on the Commuting and Health in Cambridge study and won a NIHR post-doctoral fellowship focused on understanding the effects of environmental changes on walking, cycling and physical activity. She provided expert testimony and submitted evidence for the NICE guidance promoting walking and cycling and contributed to the British Government Foresight report Tackling Obesities: Future Choices. A senior member of the Physical Activity and Public Health programme, Jenna’s current research focuses on examining patterns and determinants of change in physical activity, evaluating environmental and policy interventions and evidence synthesis.
Stefanie Buckner is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. As part of the NIHR SPHR she co-led the development and pilot-testing of an evaluation tool for Age-Friendly Cities and also researched the correlation between welfare benefits and wellbeing plus inequitable access to health care interventions in later life. Her current work outside SPHR includes designing a tool for assessing dementia friendliness through the DH-funded National Evaluation of Dementia Friendly Communities (DemCom study). Stefanie is also involved in research funded by the Centre for Ageing Better (CAB) to assess needs and develop evaluation and monitoring resources for members of the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities.
Calum Mattocks is a University of Cambridge Research Associate with interests centred on the relationship between the environment and health. He has experience in collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data. His current work includes collaborating with Public Health England on developing better ways of using routine data to characterise deprivation among older people at a national and local level. He was recently involved in piloting the SPHR-funded Age-friendly Cities and Communities evaluation tool. He is also on the steering group for the NHS Healthy New Town of Northstowe, advising on making the development more inclusive for an older population. Calum is presently working with the Centre for Ageing Better (CAB), to assess the evaluation and monitoring needs of members of the CAB UK Network of Age-friendly Communities and to develop a monitoring and evaluation resource for the UK Network.
Esther van Sluijs is Programme Leader of the Behavioural Epidemiology programme at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) and the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Esther has a background in Human Movement Sciences (VU University Amsterdam) and obtained a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the VU University Medical Center. Since 2004 she has led research on understanding and changing children’s and adolescents’ physical activity behaviour. Her team develops and evaluates interventions to promote physical activity in young people (in school and family settings), and uses observational research to further understand where, when and how physical activity programmes in young people may be targeted. Esther was also a member of the Programme Development Group for the NICE guidance: Promoting physical activity in children and young people.
Caroline Lee is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. She has carried out a systematic review of time currencies, synthesising evidence on health and health related outcomes for NIHR SPHR and is currently working on the ethnicity, migration and health inequalities project. She has a background in project and programme evaluation in a number of policy areas. Other research interests include community engaged and participatory research approaches, public mental health and public health in school settings.
Thomas Burgoine is a Career Development Fellow at CEDAR (Centre for Diet & Activity Research). While studying geography and a Masters in Human Geography Research at Newcastle University he developed a focussed research interest on obesogenic environments – the effects of the environment upon diet, physical activity and body weight, the geography of these environments and their inherent environmental injustices. It resulted in a PhD examining the spatialities of the obesogenic environment in North East England. His current research interests include the applications of novel quantitative methods, especially GIS and advanced spatial statistics, to the field of obesogenic environment studies; environment effects upon dietary and physical activity behaviour; the accuracy of secondary data and the reliability of objective environmental exposure metrics in reality.
Jean Adams is a senior university lecturer at CEDAR (Centre for Diet & Activity Research) at the University of Cambridge’s MRC Epidemiology Unit. Her research focuses on dietary public health and population interventions to improve diets. She is currently involved in work evaluating soft drinks taxes in the UK and Barbados, exploring the role of home food preparation in people’s lives and diets, and determining the impact of supermarket commitments on ‘junk free’ checkouts.