Understanding biological pathways to improve health
By gathering the data, we can better understand the causes of health problems. This means we design policies to address them.
Because the biomarkers are measured as part of the larger Understanding Society project, we get a complete picture of the individual. Based within our Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Understanding Society follows the lives of people in 40,000 households, providing researchers with valuable evidence on people’s social and economic circumstances, attitudes, behaviours and health.
In 2009 and 2010 the survey collected blood samples from participants, and now has more than 14,000 samples measuring epigenetic markers in over 1,100 samples, making social-epigenetic research possible.
We can see how social and environments can influence health, and how our genes work can influence the extent to which we’re affected by those environments.