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Professor Nicholas Timpson

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & PI ALSPAC

University of Bristol


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Contributing to research themes:

Nic is a genetic epidemiologist. He is the PI for the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). He led a programme within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) focused on the development and application of Recall by Genotype (RbG) studies and is now a Wellcome Trust Investigator with a research focus on understanding body mass index (BMI) as a risk factor.

He co-leads work looking at body composition and metabolic pathways in the aetiology of cancer risk and progression, in the Cancer Research UK supported Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (ICEP). He is also involved in a variety of other research groups including the cardiovascular and translational work streams in the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR), a MRC Multimorbidity Consolidator award, and the EU funded environmental exposure study, LONGITOOLS.

He recently initiated the Wellcome Longitudinal Population Studies COVID-19 secretariat with Professor David Porteous from Generation Scotland, and has been involved in the coordination of COVID-19 data coordination in UK cohorts. He is also jointly responsible for running the Wellcome Trust funded Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology 4 year PhD programme.