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Research & Impact


Our research

We believe that the basis of human health begins before birth and that variation at each life stage has consequences for the next.

Many people carry genes associated with common disorders but whether they develop symptoms or not is often more complex. Which genes are expressed can be shaped by maternal health and later-life nutrition and developing one condition can cause changes that lead to others.

By taking this holistic approach, linking traditionally distinct disciplines and exploring the interactions between environment, genetics, cause and effect, we can find new ways to detect, treat and prevent disease.

170 academic and research staff

£11 million of research funding annually

114 PhD students

91% 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)

Our centres

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Twins UK

Researching the link between our genes, the environment and common diseases