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MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre

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The MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre (Director, Professor Nicholas Harvey) was established in 2021, following reconfiguration from the forerunning MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. At the MRC LEC, we study the determinants of musculoskeletal and metabolic disease throughout the lifecourse.

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Through observational epidemiology and understanding of mechanism across the entire lifecourse, addressing chronic noncommunicable musculoskeletal diseases of ageing such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and sarcopenia in the context of wider health and disease, we aim to develop new interventions, tested in human randomised controlled trials, to optimise intrinsic capacity and minimise age-related decline, ultimately achieving a step change improvement in healthspan relative to lifespan.

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