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Professor Debbie Lawlor

Professor Debbie Lawlor

Professor Debbie Lawlor
M.Sc.(Lond.), M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.(Bristol), M.P.H.(Leeds), M.R.C.G.P., M.F.P.H.M.

Professor of Epidemiology

Area of research

Professor of Epidemiology

Office Room OS11
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 1173310096



  • Aetiological Epidemiology
  • Causality
  • Mendelian randomization
  • Life course
  • Genetic
  • Epigenetic
  • Metabolomics


  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Women's Reproductive health

Processes and functions

  • Analyses of prospective cohort studies and randomised controlled trials
  • GWAS


  • Mendelian Randomization
  • Multilevel models
  • Within and between sibling comparisons
  • negative controls


My main areas of expertise are in the life course and genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and diabetes. I have a medical background, two MSc (one in Public Health and one in Statistics) and a PhD in epidemiology. I enjoy explaining what research results in the areas of diabetes and heart disease mean to members of the public and using all forms of the media to effectively promote public health messages.

  • life course epidemiology
  • genetic epidemiology
  • cardiovascular disease
  • insulin resistance
  • diabetes
  • statistical methods
  • Selected publications

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    View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

    Networks & contacts

    • Prof Scott Nelson University of Glasgow Prof Naveed Sattar University of Glasgow Prof John Wright Bradford Health Research Institute Prof Lucialla Poston King's College London Prof Jodie Dodds
    • Robinson Institute
    • University of Adelaide Prof Julie Owens
    • Robinson Institute
    • University of Adeilaide Prof Janet Rich-Edwards
    • Harvard University

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