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Dr David Bann
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor in Population Health
  • IOE - Social Research Institute
  • UCL Institute of Education

PhD in Epidemiology (passed without revisions, UCL), Master of Research in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics (Distinction, University of Glasgow), BSc Dual Honours in Biology and Psychology (2.1, University of Stirling)

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Research Summary
My background spans multiple disciplines: Epidemiology (PhD), Psychology (BSc), and Biology (BSc+M.Res). I have a broad interested in epidemiology: understanding the distribution of health, its causes, and the application of this knowledge to improve public health.

Areas of recent interest:
  • Health inequality and the social determinants of health
  • Epidemiology of: obesity and body composition, physical activity, mental health
  • Comparative research across time / country
  • Genetically-informed research

I am grateful for funding from: ESRC (ongoing), Academy of Medical Sciences (Springboard - Health of the Public 2040 award, 2017-20) and the Medical Research Council (New Investigator Award, 2020-24).

Contributions to scientific resources
Ongoing contributions to the continued running and scientific development of cohort studies. e.g., co-investigator of the 1958 British birth cohort study (NCDS) from 2016 to 2021; worked to secure its future funding in a biomedical sweep (MRC-funded); and have contributed to the content development and future funding of other cohorts (eg, CLS COVID-19 sweeps (UKRI-funded) and core CLS funding (ESRC-funded)).

2020-: Strategic lead of social science genetics at CLS. We have 4 established cohort studies and more in development. I have responsibility for scientific aspects of genetic-related work at CLS (including data management, storage, access systems, research and collaborations).
Teaching Summary
I have been involved in teaching Epidemiology/data analysis in various capacities since around 2010. I developed and am module leader of the Health, Wellbeing & Society module on the BSc Social Sciences degree at UCL (2017-). It provides social science students with a single-module introduction to Epidemiology.  

I have supervised a range of MSc and PhD students; I’m happy to chat to future prospective students.

Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2007   Master of Research University of Glasgow
2006   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Stirling
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