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Lecture and meet-and-greet Diana Kuh on May 9 @ 3PM in lecture hall 2

08 May 2017 Author: Molepi - Molecular Epidemiology

Molecular Epidemiology is happy to announce the lecture by Professor Diana Kuh, PhD FFPH F MedSci at 3 PM on May 9 in lecture hall 2. The title of the lecture is:

From paediatrics to geriatrics: insights on ageing from a 70 year old British birth cohort study

Wonderful science in the longest running birth cohort study in the world.

Please send an email to  if you wish to attend the lecture and/or wish to talk with Diana with your students/group. Diana is visiting the Molepi section on May 9 - 11 so ample opportunity to meet.

Short biography

Diana Kuh is Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at University College London. She established and directed the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL between 2007 and 2017, and was responsible for the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the world’s oldest continually followed birth cohort study. Diana helped to create and advance the field of life course epidemiology which studies how biological, psychological and social factors across life affect adult health, ageing and chronic disease risk. In 400 publications she has shown the importance of childhood development and lifetime socioeconomic factors, lifestyle and prior health on cardiometabolic, reproductive and musculoskeletal ageing and survival. Her latest co-edited book A life course approach to healthy ageing was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.


The MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), which turned 70 years old in March 2016, was one of the first prospective human studies in the world to show that childhood matters for adult health.  Using a life course epidemiological approach, the presentation highlights key NSHD findings relating biomedical and socioeconomic factors from early life to physical and cognitive function and their change through the seventh decade, and discusses results of new studies investigating underlying hormonal and metabolic mechanisms.

Please contact Inge ten Hoorn for more details.