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Dr David Batty
UCL Epidemiology & Public Health
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 0044 20 3108 3149
Appointment
  • Reader in Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
 
 
Biography

I have studied in Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and London, and worked in London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Recife (Brazil) and Sydney.  Having originally studied mechanical engineering - for reasons that still largely escape me - I found my way to chronic disease epidemiology via kinesiology. 

I am a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow; a Reader in Epidemiology at UCL; a Visiting Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow; and an Honorary Member of Staff at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow.  I am the Programme Leader for Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology where I am also a Honorary Professor in Epidemiology.  

Outside of the Department, I am the Warden at UCL's Ifor Evans Halls of Residence, the University's largest.

Research Groups
Research Summary

The focus of my research is to understand how social, psychological, biological, behavioural and genetic factors from across the life course, and between generations, influence the risk of chronic diseases of major public health importance in adulthood: cardiovascular disease, selected cancers, and mental illness.  The ultimate aim of this body of research is disease prevention. 

Between 2004 and 2007 (Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship, MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit/University of Edinburgh) I worked largely in the field of cognitive epidemiology, a discipline we launched in its own right through a series of reviews, opinion pieces, glossaries and editorials, in addition to seminal papers concerning the role of cognitive function in the aetiology of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mental illness.  This, in part, led to the establishment of the MRC-led CCACE. 

More recently (2007 – present, Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship) I have been involved with projects examining a wider range of risk factors for chronic disease in numerous studies worldwide.  These include participants drawn from resource-poor countries such as Brazil and those in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Teaching Summary

At UCL, I have been involved in organising the Research Methods for Social Epidemiology module (for the MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology); co-organising (with Professor Hesketh in ICH) the Concepts and Controversies in Global Health module (for the MSc in Global Health & Development); co-organising (with Eric Brunner) the UCL Health and Society Summer School in Social Determinants of Health (2011 onwards). I also teach third year MBBS students (prognostic Epidemiology), MSc Global Health students (Non-communicable Disease - burden and risk factors).  I facilitate practical sessions on the Epidemiology module (for the MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology, MSc Dental Public Health, and the MSc Evidence Based Health Care), and facilitate practical sessions on the MBBS (public health).

Internationally, I have been involved with course organisation and the teaching of post-graduate students in public health and medicine in resource-poor countries: Brazil (Masters in Public Health, Instituto Materno Infantil de Pernambuco, Recife) and Uganda (M Med, University of Mbarara, Mbarara). 

Appointments
NOV-2010 Professor of Epidemiology (Visiting), Faculty of Medicine University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
JUL-2010 Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow and Senior Lecturer Epidemiology and Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
JUN-2010 Professor of Epidemiology (Honorary) Psychology University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
JUN-2010 Honorary Staff Member MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Glasgow, United Kingdom
FEB-2009 – AUG-2009 Visiting Senior Research Fellow The George Institute for International Health University of Sydney, Australia
AUG-2008 Program Leader for Cognitive Epidemiology centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
AUG-2007 – JUL-2010 Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow MRC Social and Public Health Unit Glasgow, United Kingdom
JAN-2007 – JUN-2007 Visiting Senior Research Fellow Instituto Materno Infantil de Pernambuco Recife, Brazil
SEP-2004 Honorary Research Fellow Public Health and Policy University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
SEP-2004 – JUL-2010 Honorary Research Fellow Psychology University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
AUG-2004 – JUL-2007 Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Glasgow, United Kingdom
AUG-2004 – JUL-2007 Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellowship Psychology University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
AUG-2003 – JUL-2004 Senior Research Fellow in Epidemiology Social Medicine University of Copenhagen, Denmark
JUL-2002 – JUL-2003 Lecturer in Epidemiology Epidemiology Unit LSHTM, United Kingdom
OCT-2000 – JUN-2002 Research Fellow in Epidemiology Epidemiology Unit LSHTM, United Kingdom
SEP-1995 – JUN-1997 Lecturer in Advanced level Physiology and Psychology   City of Bristol College, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000 MSc Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Bristol
1995 MSc Master of Science University of Bristol
1994 BACD Bachelor University of Northumbria at Newcastle
1990 HND Higher National Diploma Manchester Polytechnic
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