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Professor Meena Kumari Professor of Biological and Social Epidemiology, University of Essex

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Research Interests:

  • The biological pathways by which the social environment and health are linked over the lifecourse
  • Use of genetic epidemiology to inform understanding of the causal influence of environmentally modifiable risk factors

Meena is a leading expert in biomarkers and genetics, and has worked to apply insights from these areas to better understand ageing, cardiovascular disease, and health inequalities using the Whitehall II cohort study of British civil servants and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. She remains an Honorary Professor at UCL.

Meena is the topic champion for health and biomarker content and research in Understanding Society and continues to lead research on the social-biological interface and genetic epidemiology as an investigator for the study.

Additionally Professor Kumari leads the Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research (Soc-B) at Essex University (in collaboration with UCL and University of Manchester).

Soc-B is now open and accepting applications studentships for October 2018 entry.

See here for publications pre-April 2014

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    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 95 in total

    1. Age modification of the relationship between C-reactive protein and fatigue: findings from Understanding Society (UKHLS)

      Amanda Hughes and Meena Kumari

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Biology
    2. Retirement and socioeconomic differences in diurnal cortisol: longitudinal evidence from a cohort of British civil servants

      Tarani Chandola, Patrick Rouxel, Michael G. Marmot, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Labour Market
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
      5. Social Stratification
      6. Biology
    3. Gene-environment interactions between education and body mass: evidence from the UK and Finland

      Vikesh Amin, Petri Böckerman, Jutta Viinikainen, et al.

      1. Education
      2. Health
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics
    4. Associations of C-reactive protein and psychological distress are modified by antidepressants, supporting an inflammatory depression subtype: findings from UKHLS

      Amanda Hughes and Meena Kumari

      1. Psychology
      2. Medicine
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
      5. Biology
    5. Vitamin D and cognitive function: a Mendelian randomisation study

      Jane Maddock, Ang Zhou, Alana Cavadino, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Psychology
      3. Science And Technology
      4. Health
      5. Life Course Analysis
      6. Genetics
    6. Long working hours as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation: a multi-cohort study

      Mika Kivimäki, Solja T. Nyberg, G. David Batty, et al.

      1. Labour Market
      2. Well Being
      3. Health
      4. Biology
    7. Unemployment and inflammatory markers in England, Wales and Scotland, 1998–2012: meta-analysis of results from 12 studies

      Amanda Hughes, Meena Kumari, Anne McMunn, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Unemployment
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
      5. Biology
    8. Age at first birth and cardiovascular risk factors in the 1958 British birth cohort

      Rebecca E. Lacey, Meena Kumari, Amanda Sacker, et al.

      1. Childbearing: Fertility
      2. Health
      3. Life Course Analysis
    9. Discovery and replication of SNP-SNP interactions for quantitative lipid traits in over 60,000 individuals

      Emily R. Holzinger, Shefali S. Verma, Carrie B. Moore, et al.

    10. A guide to the biomarker data in the CLOSER studies. A catalogue across cohort and longitudinal studies

      Milagros Ruiz, Michaela Benzeval, and Meena Kumari

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Health
      3. Surveys
      4. Biology
    11. Biomarker, genetics and epigenetics data

      Meena Kumari, Melissa Smart, and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Surveys
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics
    12. Identifying low density lipoprotein cholesterol associated variants in the Annexin A2 (ANXA2) gene

      Roaa Hani Fairoozy, Jackie Cooper, Jon White, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Biology
    13. Causal associations of adiposity and body fat distribution with coronary heart disease, stroke subtypes, and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a Mendelian randomization analysis

      Caroline E. Dale, Ghazaleh Fatemifar, Tom M. Palmer, et al.

      1. Health
      2. Biology
    14. Work-family life courses and BMI trajectories in three British birth cohorts

      R. E. Lacey, Amanda Sacker, S. Bell, et al.

      1. Labour Market
      2. Childbearing: Fertility
      3. Health
      4. Life Course Analysis
    15. Functional analysis of the coronary heart disease risk locus on chromosome 21q22

      Katherine E. Beaney, Andrew J. P. Smith, Lasse Folkersen, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Science And Technology
      3. Health
      4. Biology


    Displaying all 15 media publications

    1. How to fix health by looking upstream: 5 must-reads

    2. Blood, sweat and tears: creating the CLOSER biomarker catalogue

    3. How your blood may predict your future health

    4. Is working long hours bad for your heart?

    5. It’s official: your boss is less stressed than you!

    6. Being retired is no less stressful than working – unless you were in a top job

    7. High earners can expect relaxing retirement but stress RISES for lower paid

    8. Retirement is no less stressful than working - especially if you had a lower paid, undemanding job, study finds

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

    10. Job insecurity tied to increased risk of diabetes

    11. University of Essex at forefront of biosocial postgraduate research training

    12. Genome shrinks uncover gene variants linked with sense of well-being

    13. Genetic variants linked to well-being, depression, neuroticism identified

    14. Scientists identify genes connected to wellbeing, depression and neuroticism

    15. Healthy and unhealthy connections: our biology influences our health and lives, while the environments in which we live alter our biology

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