The role of family environments to the development of cardiovascular health: an intergenerational perspective

Lead supervisor: Associate Professor Abdullah A Mamun, QAEHS and Institute for Social Science Research, UQ



Project description

Early life family environments such as parenting style, family functioning and obesogenic-family might have long-term impact for the development of offspring cardiovascular health. These early life family environments have changed quite rapidly during the last few decades. The role of these environments to the development of cardiovascular risk factors including obesity, blood pressure and diabetes are less studied. This project aims to better understand and characterise the family environments from one generation to the next generation and quantify the role of these exposures to the development of cardiovascular health using a long follow-up multigenerational cohort study

This PhD will build on work undertaken through a series of NHMRC Project Grants and on-going collaborations with partners. The study will involve both critical review of literatures and statistical analyses of longitudinal data collected over the last 3-4 decades across generations. The information from this project will provide a scientific basis to design effective family intervention to reduce population level cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, blood pressure and diabetes. Through this project the PhD student will gain experience in state-of-the-art longitudinal data analyses techniques, as well as theoretical and practical experience in environmental health epidemiology from intergenerational perspective.

Preferred educational background: Undergraduate Class I or IIA honours or Masters degree in Public Health, with a strong background in quantitative analyses and a keen interest in environmental health epidemiology and life course research.

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