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Join Leo Schalkwyk and Meena Kumari in conversation with Jules Pretty on human genetics and epigenetics, how culture and society influences what goes on inside us, and all the latest on how this new understanding can improve human health.
Leo Schalkwyk is Head of the School of Life Sciences and Meena Kumari is Deputy Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, both at the University of Essex
The Louder Than Words podcast is about how ideas improve lives. Professor Jules Pretty created the Louder than Words podcast for conversations on how the world can be made a better place by inquiry, research and public engagement. These are ideas that can inspire individual, collective and policy action.
This is the first podcast from the Centre for Public and Policy Engagement at the University of Essex. There are three series a year: autumn, spring and summer.
Each episode of Louder Than Words takes a key contemporary issue and gives you a chance to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, thinkers and campaigners plus those directly affected by the issue.
The podcast is produced by Marcus Pierpoint and Luke Fitch of the University of Essex’s Media Centre. Producer of series one and two was Martha Dixon, series three was produced by Alli Walker.
Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
Meena is a leading expert in biomarkers and genetics, and has worked to apply insights from these areas to better understand ageing, cardiovascular disease, and health inequalities using the Whitehall II cohort study of British civil servants and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. She remains an Honorary Professor at UCL.
Meena is the topic champion for health and biomarker content and research in Understanding Society and continues to lead research on the social-biological interface and genetic epidemiology as an investigator for the study.
Additionally Professor Kumari leads the Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research (Soc-B) at Essex (in collaboration with UCL and University of Manchester).