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Professor Rebecca Hardy

r_hardy.jpgProfessor Rebecca Hardy is a programme leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL and Reader in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics ay UCL. She has a BSc in Mathematics from Sheffield University and an MSc in Medical Statistics and Information Technology from Leicester University. Her PhD, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, investigated statistical issues in meta-analysis. She joined the MRC National Survey of Health and Development team in 1995.

Rebecca’s research investigates how risk factors from across the life course influence cardiovascular ageing and development of CVD. She is particularly interested in how prenatal development, childhood growth, timing of puberty and adult body size and blood pressure trajectories influence cardiovascular ageing. Her research also investigates the factors that influence life course body size and blood pressure trajectories. With a background in statistics, Rebecca is also interested in the methodology for the analysis of life course data and for cross-cohort comparisons. 

Selected recent publications

Wills, AK, Lawlor, DA, Muniz-Terrera, G, Matthews, F, Cooper, R, Ghosh, AK, Kuh, D, Hardy, R on behalf of the FALCon Study Team. Population heterogeneity in trajectories of midlife blood pressure: the 1946 British birth cohort study. Epidemiology 2012; 23: 203-2011.

Strand, BH, Kuh, D, Shah, I, Guralnik, J, Hardy, RChildhood, adolescent and early adult body mass index in relation to adult mortality: results from the British 1946 birth cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2012; 66: 225-232.

Pierce, M, Kuh, D, Hardy, RThe role of BMI across the life course in the relationship between age at menarche and diabetes in a British Birth Cohort. Diabetic Medicine 2012; 29(5): 600-3.

Wills, AK, Lawlor, DA, Matthews, F, Aihie Sayer, A, Bakra, E, Ben-Shlomo, Y, Benzeval, M, Brunner, E, Cooper, R, Kivimaki, M, Kuh, D, Muniz-Terrera, G, Hardy, R. Life course trajectories of systolic blood pressure using longitudinal data from UK cohorts. PLoS Medicine 2011; 8(6): e1000440.

Birnie, K*, Cooper, R*, Martin, RM, Kuh, D, Aihie Sayer, A, Alvarado, BE, Bayer, A, Christensen, K, Cho, S-I, Cooper, C, Corley, J, Craig, L, Deary, I, Demakakos, P, Ebrahim, S, Gallacher, J, Gow, A, Gunnell, D, Haas, S, Hemmingsson, T, Inskip, H, Jang, S-N, Lundberg, I, Noronha, K, Osler, M, Palloni, A, Rasmussen, F, Santos-Eggimann, B, Spagnoli, J, Starr, J, Steptoe, A, Syddall, H, Tynelius, P, Weir, D, Whalley, L, Zunzunegui, MV, Ben-Shlomo, Y, Hardy, R on behalf of the HALCyon study team (*contributed equally). Childhood socioeconomic position and objectively measured physical capability levels in adulthood: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One 2011; 6(1) :e15564.

Ong, KK, Elks, CE, Wills, AK, Wong, A, Wareham, NJ, Loos, RJF, Kuh, D, Hardy, RTiming of associations between polymorphism in LIN28B and BMI across the life course. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2011; 96: E125-129.

Gaysina, D, Hotopf, M, Richards, M, Colman, I, Kuh, D, Hardy, R. Symptoms of depression and anxiety, and change in body mass index from adolescence to adulthood: results from a British birth cohort. Psychological Medicine 2011; 41: 175-184.

Cooper, R, Kuh, D, Hardy, R and the Mortality Review Group on behalf of the FALCon and HALCyon study teams. Objective measures of physical capability and subsequent mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal 2010; 341: c4467.

Wills, AK, Hardy, RJ, Black, S, Kuh, D. Trajectories of overweight and body mass index in adulthood and blood pressure at age 53: the 1946 British Birth Cohort study. Journal of Hypertension 2010; 28: 679-686.

Hardy, R, Wills, AK, Wong, A, Elks, CE, Wareham, NJ, Loos, RJF, Kuh, D, Ong, KK. Life course variations in the associations between FTO and MC4R gene variants and body size. Human Molecular Genetics 2010; 19: 545-52.