Population health sciences group

The population health sciences group (PHSG) is responsible for developing the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) strategy for population-based health research and ensuring that 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 (from 1 March 2022)

  • 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 Kevin Fenton, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
  • Professor Brian Ferguson, NIHR and University of York
  • Professor Hilary Graham, University of York
  • Professor Graham Hart, University College London
  • Professor Emily Jefferson, University of Dundee
  • Professor John Newton, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
  • Professor Isobel Oliver, UK Health Security Agency
  • Professor Daniel Smith, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Willem van Mechelen, University of Amsterdam

See the population health sciences conflicts of interest register.

Last updated: 12 September 2023

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