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Date:11/21/2013

h that explores how a woman's reproductive health affects her later health and that of her children and grandchildren.

Professor Caroline Relton, Professor Dave Evans and Dr Nicholas Timpson will be leading three additional programmes which focus on the use of genetic and epigenetic differences between individuals and their role in both predicting and causing common diseases.

All of the programmes are integrated by the development and application of methods and technologies to ensure that we understand how factors that we were exposed to from when we were in our mother's uterus through to adulthood, how we behave across life and our genetic make-up combine to affect how healthy or ill we are.

The MRC IEU will also provide extensive and varied training opportunities across many disciplines, including chemistry, bioinformatics, epidemiology, statistics, epigenetics and several other areas. Emphasis will be placed on training multi-disciplinary population health scientists of the future equipped to conduct research at the forefront of the field.

The Unit is largely based in Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry's School of Social and Community Medicine but has academics from all six of the University's faculties. Many local, national and international collaborators as well as industrial partners will be joining both senior and junior researchers to celebrate the launch of this new long-term investment in academic strength in Bristol. The IEU will be officially opened by Sir Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol and Sir John Savill, Chief Executive of the MRC.

Sir Eric Thomas said: "The University is delighted to announce the official opening of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit that will harness the expertise of the UK's leading minds in genetics and health research to help advance our understanding of the risk factors that trigger disease."

Sir John Savill said: "The vision proposed by Profess
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Contact: Caroline Clancy
caroline.clancy@bristol.ac.uk
44-011-792-88086
University of Bristol
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