Paediatric and Lifecourse Epidemiology

Our work covers a wide range of paediatric and related issues, including the epidemiology relating to pre-natal and childhood environments as well as analysing the action and interaction of factors at different stages of the lifecourse.

One of the main themes running across our research is to understand the aetiology of diseases, be it diseases in childhood or exposures in childhood that lead to an increased risk of disease in later life. Another important theme is the study of outcome and survival. The strengths of the group include epidemiological study design, and epidemiological uses of statistical methods which underpin our research.

Current themes include: cancer epidemiology, including the utilisation of the Northern Region Young Persons’ Malignant Disease Registry, other regional and national registries, lifecourse epidemiology which includes the Newcastle Thousand Families Study and a series of studies investigating the effects of radiation on health. Other paediatric diseases and conditions that are being investigated include type 1 diabetes and congenital anomalies. There are a number of national and international collaborations under way or in planning stage.

Our research involves multi-disciplinary collaborations between clinicians and scientists. We place an increasing emphasis and importance on work that can lead to greater understanding of disease aetiology and the reasons for differentials in survival. The results of our studies will inform the direction of future clinical studies and interventions.

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Nermine Basta
Research Assistant

Dr Ruth Bell
Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Public Health

Dr Kate Best
Faculty Fellow

Karen Blakey
Research Assistant

Dr Svetlana Glinyanaya
Team Scientist

Dr Kay Mann

Dr Richard McNally
Reader in Epidemiology

Professor Mark Pearce
Professor of Applied Epidemiology

Professor Judith Rankin
Prof Maternal & Perinatal Epidemiology

Dr Jane Salotti
Research associate