University of Cambridge, Department of Public Health and Primary Care is one of Europe’s leading academic departments of population health sciences, top-ranked in Epidemiology and Public Health in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2001-2008. It has been headed by Professor John Danesh since 2001 and comprises over 300 staff and graduate students. Groups in the Department are underpinned by major programme grants, exemplifed by those from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK, the UK National Institute of Health Research, the European Union, the US National Institutes of Health, industrial partnerships, and several other sources.
In the University of Cambridge, dept of Public Health, UK, Prof Carol Brayne is Professor of Public Health Medicine in Department of Public Health and Primary Care. She is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. She graduated in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London and went on to train in general medicine. After gaining membership she moved on to training in epidemiology with a Training Fellowship with the Medical Research Council. The research area for this Fellowship was ageing and dementia. Since the mid eighties her main research area has been longitudinal studies of older people following changes over time in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features with a public health perspective. She is lead principal investigator in the group of MRC CFA Studies which have informed and will continue to inform national policy and scientific understanding of dementia in whole populations. She has been responsible for training programmes in epidemiology and public health for under and postgraduates since the early nineties. She is Director of the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge.
Blossom Stephan completed her training in Psychology and Mathematical Statistics at Sydney University in Australia. Her PhD was in the field of clinical neuropsychology, undertaken at the School of Psychology at Sydney University. She completed her postdoctoral training in the fields of Epidemiology and Public Health at Cambridge University (Department of Public Health and Primary Care). She was recently appointed as a lecturer (in risk prediction) within the Ageing, Health and Society Research Group at the Institute of Health and Society, at Newcastle University (UK). She also holds an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge University. She is working with several large epidemiological studies to integrate risk factor research across multiple disciplines (e.g., genetics, metabolic, nutrition, cardiovascular, cognition and lifestyle) to identify not only those individuals at risk of cognitive decline and dementia, but to determine how different risk and protective factors interact to promote successful ageing.
Expertise: Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Risk Prediction, Risk Factors, Cognition, Dementia, Alzheimer Disease, Vascular Disease, Neuroimaging
Rachael Brooks is a Research Officer who supports the HATICE Cambridge group. Her main remit is study coordination and dissemination of information. Rachael is involved in several large cohort studies in the UK including CFAS I, CFAS II and CFAS Wales. She has expertise in coordination of grant applications for UK and EU projects. She has a coordination role in the HATICE trial for UCAM.