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Population Health Sciences Group

The Population Health Sciences Group (PHSG) is responsible for developing the MRC's strategy for population-based health research and ensuring that the MRC's portfolio in this area remains strong across all our research boards.

Specific areas of responsibility include epidemiology, investment in cohorts and biobanks, population research methodologies including modelling and population-based genetic studies. The group will also develop strategies for improving translational public health research, covering the development and evaluation of interventions for disease prevention and health policy relevant to the UK through our partnership with the National Institute for Health Research.

PHSG also oversees the activities of the MRC Cohort Strategic Review Group (CSRG) (previously known as the Cross-Board Cohort Advisory Group) which assesses outline applications for major cohort funding, and advises MRC on strategic priorities regarding support of cohort studies.

Membership of PHSG (October 2019)

  • Professor Debbie Lawlor (Chair), Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Aetiological Epidemiology, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit and School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol  
  • Professor Graham Hart, University College London, Faculty of Population Health Sciences (Professor; Dean)
  • Professor Martin White, MRC Epidemiology Unit & CEDAR, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Catherine Law, UCL Institute of Child Health
  • Professor Catherine Williamson, Kings College London
  • Professor Swaran Singh, University of Warwick
  • Dr Daniela De Angelis, MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge
  • Professor Emily Jefferson, University of Dundee 
  • Professor Isobel Oliver, Public Health England
  • Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Newcastle University