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Life Course Epidemiology

Life Course Epidemiology will study determinants of long-term effects on human health and well-being or disease risk and progression during gestation, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and later adult life.

About the theme

The Life Course Epidemiology Theme at Coventry University aims to develop and apply various methodologies that will elucidate the complexity of developmental change in childhood and adolescence to chronic disorders and their complications in adulthood.

Its main focus will be to use data from multiple longitudinal cohorts to understand the interplay of environmental and lifestyle factors on morbidity or/and mortality of chronic disorders from before conception through old age.

We will use our findings to develop and test population-based and targeted simple to complex interventions that will help in the prevention and improvement of various chronic diseases globally. We will collaborate with existing cohort studies and develop new cohorts to explore the mechanisms of various chronic diseases, particularly cardio-respiratory and metabolic diseases.

The theme aims to involve laying the groundwork to strengthen current global partnerships for long-term study with a vision for future research by gathering preliminary data, demonstrating the study's feasibility in new geographical settings, and highlighting the potential impact on public health guidelines and policies.

We plan to build a North-South partnership in research as it is important to address global health problems with holistic solutions that can make a profound and enduring impact on GLOBAL HEALTH.

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Cluster Team

Dr Om P Kurmi

Om is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and evidence-based Healthcare Research and an active global health researcher. His main interest is life course epidemiology, particularly lung health, using a large population cohort involving lifestyle factors, environmental and occupational exposures, –omics and a genetic approach to understanding the burden and risk factors (including environmental and occupational) that will help provide valuable information for intervention at personal levels or advocate for policy changes from gestation, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and later adult life.

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