Pure - University of Bristol Research Information System (2017-09-14)
I have a background in clinical medicine and public health practice which inform my more recent academic work. My academic career began in 2000, with completion of my PhD in 2003. Since then I have become an internationally recognised lead in aetiological epidemiology, established a multidisciplinary team of excellent researchers and become Head of Aetiological Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Deputy Director of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol.
My research is underpinned by my interest in understanding how biological, social and environmental exposures from across the life course affect women's reproductive health and cardiometabolic health in women and men, in order to be able to develop methods to achieve optimal health in these areas. I have contributed to understanding the life course and genetic epidemiology of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and women’s reproductive health; with a particular interest in the relationship between women’s reproductive health and her, and that of her offspring’s and the next generation’s cardiometabolic risk. I am interested in developing methods for improving causal inference in epidemiology and have been at the forefront of developing and genetic variants as instrumental variables for making causal inference about modifiable non-genetic risk factors and appropriately comparing findings from such studies with those of other approaches, with differing assumptions and key sources of bias, to achieve best causal evidence.