University College London

University College London (UCL) is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, and is now ranked among the top ten in the world by the Times Higher – QS World University Rankings. UCL’s excellence extends across all academic disciplines and it has one of Europe’s largest and most productive centres for biomedical science. The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (DEPH) is a multidisciplinary department with epidemiology, statistics and sociology represented strongly.

Examples of the research carried out include: the Health Survey for England, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Whitehall II study and the HAPIEE study. UCL DEPH has participated in several recent EU-funded projects such as CHANCES or INEQ-CITIES. The Department has been involved in a number of international collaborations focusing on social inequalities in health and on healthy ageing (e.g. the Whitehall II, ELSA and HAPIEE studies). Members of the Department led the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), the English Review of Health Inequalities, and the WHO European Review of Social Inequalities in Health.

UCL leads the ATHLOS WP5 Knowledge Translation and will contribute to the WP3 by focusing on social inequalities in ageing trajectories.

Team members

CEEHRUCL Central and Eastern European Health Research Group

Martin BobakProfessor of Epidemiology

Principal Investigator for ATHLOS

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Prof Martin Bobak is principally responsible for UCL’s participation in ATHLOS. He leads the UCL Central and Eastern European Health Research Group. The research group leads a major population cohort study on health and ageing: Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe (the HAPIEE Study) involving over 35,000 men and women in the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Russia, and also participate in several international research projects. The group’s main research focus is on the determinants of health and the inter-societal effects of social factors on health in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Pia HorvatResearch Associate

Dr Pia Horvat is post-doctoral researcher. Her work is focusing on health during societal transition in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular attention to socioeconomic status, economic activity and health behaviours among older people, particularly with respect to cognitive ageing.

Hynek PikhartSenior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Statistics

Dr Hynek Pikhart is an epidemiologist and statistician, with interest in social, psychosocial and occupational influence on health over the life course. He is a co-director of the MSc course in Social Epidemiology.


UCL Institute of Health

Michael MarmotProfessor of Epidemiology and Public Health

Prof Sir Michael Marmot leads the UCL Institute of Health Equity with his team. The Institute’s focus is on tackling inequalities in health nationally, in Europe and globally. Prof Marmot was the Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, leading to the report ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ (2008). He also conducted a Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide review for WHO Euro (2013).

Ruth Bell Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ruth Bell is Senior Research Fellow UCL Institute of Health Equity. Her research activities focus on knowledge synthesis and policy analysis of the social determinants of health and how this can be applied to improve health and reduce health inequities, both in Europe and globally.

UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Amanda SackerProfessor of Lifecourse Epidemiology

Prof Amanda Sacker is Director of the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health. She is interested in in the development of social and ethnic inequalities in health and wellbeing over the life course. Her methodological interests include latent variable analysis.

Archana Singh-ManouxHonorary Professor

Prof Archana Singh-Manoux is co-director of the Whitehall II study. Her research focuses on cognitive ageing, neurodegenerative diseases, ageing trajectories and analysis of multiple repeated measurements.