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Dr Amanda Hughes Senior Research Officer, University of Essex

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As part of the Understanding Society Biomarkers team, I am using biomarker data to investigate links between the social environment and health.

Research interests:

Social and lifecourse epidemiology

Interactions of mental and physical health

Unemployment and health

Longitudinal analysis


Hughes, A and Kumari, M. Age modification of the relationship between C-reactive protein and fatigue: findings from Understanding Society (UKHLS). Psychological Medicine (2017).

Associations of C-reactive protein and psychological distress are modified by antidepressants, supporting an inflammatory depression subtype: Findings from UKHLS. Brain, Behavior and Immunity (2017).

Hughes, A., McMunn, A., Bartley, M., and Kumari, M. Unemployment and inflammatory markers in England, Wales and Scotland, 1998–2012: Meta-analysis of results from 12 studies. Brain, Behavior and Immunity (2017).

Hughes, A and Kumari, M. Unemployment, underweight, and obesity: Findings from Understanding Society (UKHLS). Prev Med. 2017 Apr;97:19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.12.045. Epub 2016 Dec 27.

Hughes, A., McMunn, A., Bartley, M., and Kumari, M., Elevated Inflammatory Biomarkers during Unemployment: Moderating Effects of Age and Country in the United Kingdom, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2015; 69:673-679

Hofstetter J., Hofstetter A., Hughes A. and Mayeda A., Intermittent long wavelength red light increases the period of daily locomotor activity in mice, Journal of Circadian Rhythms. 2005; 3:8






Displaying 1 publications

  1. Epigenetic profiles, ageing and social position

    Amanda Hughes

    1. Older People
    2. Science And Technology
    3. Health
    4. Life Course Analysis
    5. Social Stratification
    6. Biology
    7. Genetics


Displaying all 7 media publications

  1. New study links housing tenure to levels of stress using biomarker data

  2. Levels of stress linked to the type of housing accommodation in UK

  3. Renters have higher levels of harmful stress markers than home owners, study finds

  4. Levels of inflammatory marker (CRP) linked to housing type and tenure

  5. Levels of inflammatory marker (CRP) linked to housing type and tenure

  6. Difficult childhood experiences could make us age prematurely – new research

  7. Study dispels myth of links between poverty and weight: unemployed more likely than those in work to be very thin, says report

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