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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 Longitudinal Population Studies Strategic Advisory Panel (LPS-SAP), which provides strategic feedback on outline applications for longitudinal population studies.

Membership of PHSG (1 March 2021)

  • Professor Nick Wareham (Chair), University of Cambridge
  • Dr Robin Buckle, Medical Research Council
  • Dr Daniela De Angelis, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Majid Ezzati, Imperial College London
  • Professor Brian Ferguson, NIHR & University of York
  • Professor Hilary Graham, University of York
  • Professor Graham Hart, University College London
  • Professor Emily Jefferson, University of Dundee 
  • Professor Isobel Oliver, Public Health England
  • Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Newcastle University
  • Professor Catherine Williamson, Kings College London