Medical Research Council Population Health Scientist Fellowship

BACKGROUND

Dr David Taylor-Robinson, MRC Population Health Scientist within our Department of Public Health and Policy, has funding to undertake cutting-edge research through a Medical Research Council Population Health Scientist Fellowship.

AIM

Dr Taylor-Robinson is examining the health experiences of children in disadvantaged areas, and investigating how their health conditions can be improved. He has studied people with cystic fibrosis in the UK and Denmark, to better understand how differences in health are affected by socio-economic status.

Cystic Fibrosis is of particular interest in the study of health inequalities because as a genetic disease it affects all socioeconomic groups equally.

OUTCOMES

Our research team is able to evidence important new findings from this work, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine. It has shown that deprivation leads to early effects on the growth and lung function of children with cystic fibrosis in the UK. By providing more intensive treatment for deprived children, it may mitigate some of the effects of disadvantage.

The research has also led to better understanding of how lung function changes in people with cystic fibrosis, and the employment consequences for adults with the disease.

Dr Taylor-Robinson won an MRC Centenary Award to extend this work, and is currently collaborating with colleagues at the Institute for Child Health at UCL. The focus is on researching inequalities in child health outcomes in the Millennium Cohort Study, predominantly on asthma.