MRC Epidemiology Unit
David is a Programme Leader in the in the MRC Epidemiology Unit in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. He leads the Epidemiology Unit’s Physical Activity and Public Health research programme, which explores population-level approaches to the promotion of active living by evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change.
His methodological interests lie in the design of population-level intervention studies and in evidence synthesis. He specialises in the relationships between transport, the environment, physical activity and health and leads an interdisciplinary group of researchers working in this area, particularly on the design and analysis of natural experimental studies such as the Commuting and Health in Cambridge and iConnect studies. New studies of the effects of urban motorway construction (the M74 study) and relocation to new residential environments (the RENEW study) will get under way in autumn 2013. David also leads the evidence synthesis programme for the Behaviour and Health Research Unit. He has previously published work on other public health topics including cervical screening, paediatric services, and tobacco control and health inequalities.