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Prof Rebecca Hardy
MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
33 Bedford Place
Tel: 0044 20 7670 5713
Fax: + 44 20 7580 1501
  • Scientific Programme Leader
  • Population Science & Experimental Medici
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Rebecca Hardy has a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc and PhD in Medical Statistics. She joined the MRC National Survey of Health and Development team as a statistician in 1995 and was appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at UCL in 2012.

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Rebecca's research investigates how prenatal development, childhood growth, adult BMI trajectories, and trajectories of physical function (such as blood pressure and lung function) influence later health and ageing. She also investigates the exposures that influence life course body size and the shape of the functional trajectories. Much of her research uses data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, a birth cohort born in 1946, with cross-cohort research being carried out through CLOSER, HALCyon and FALCon. As part of CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources), Rebecca, has carried out cross-cohort comparisons of BMI and overweight, tracking the rise in the obesity epidemic across generations. She is also interested in the methodology for the analysis of life course and longitudinal data and for cross-cohort comparisons, including data harmonisation.

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