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Professor Margaret Thorogood

Job Title
Recognised Researcher
Department
WMS - Statistics and Epidemiology
Phone
02476 574509
Research Interests

Health of older people in sub-Saharan Africa Physical activity, nutrition and health

Biography

Margaret Thorogood was appointed Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Warwick in March 2003 and in June 2007 she was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. Margaret started her career as a social scientist but chose to specialise in epidemiology. Following her PhD on the safety of oral contraceptives she was involved in a series of further studies of hormonal contraceptive safety. From those experiences she became interested in how academic research influences policy. At the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she headed the Health Gain Project which aimed to bridge the gap between policy makers and academics by providing policy relevant research findings in the area of cardiovascular disease. More recently she has headed the Southern Africa Stroke Prevention Initiative which aimed to address the emerging burden of stroke and other cardiovascular disease in rural sub-Saharan Africa. From that work, she has expanded her interest to all aspects of the health of older people in rural sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an active participant in the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) which aims to build capacity in African based public health research. The University of Warwick is one of the Northern universities participating in this initiative. She is Chair of the NHS HTA Disease Prevention Panel. Now working part-time in retirement, her main research activity is a MRC-funded trial of a primary care based intervention to improve the detection and management of hypertension in rural South Africa. Her other research interests include a UK-based trial of a family-based treatment for childhood obesity (Families for Health) and a trial of a physical activity intervention for people with mild dementia (DAPA).

Title Funder Award start Award end
Research Fellow in the implementation of Sedibeng health post and community health worker outreach model WITS 1 Year Continuation linked to main proposal 46904 MRC 01 Mar 2019 29 Feb 2020
The implementation of Sedibeng health post and community health worker outreach model MRC 01 Sep 2016 31 Aug 2019
Exercise in Dementia, DAPA The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Apr 2011 31 Mar 2017
Assessing adult health and ageing in Africa - IRSES Joint exchange project - Lead by Umea Sweden European Commission 01 Jan 2012 31 Dec 2015
MRC Global Alliance for Chronic Disease: Cost effectiveness of community outreach and enhanced facility services compared with usual care for management of hypertension in adults. MRC 01 Jun 2012 30 Nov 2015
REVISED - MRC Global Alliance for Chronic Disease FULL proposal: Cost effectiveness of community outreach and enhanced facility services compared with usual care for management of hypertension in adults.(Prev code 32347) MRC 01 Jan 2013 30 Sep 2015
NIHR Cochrane programme grant: Lifestyle and pharmacological interventions for the primary prevention of Cardiovascular Disease National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2011 31 Mar 2015
NIHR Obesity Call:A Randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness @ families for health,a family based childhood obesity managment intervention delivered in a community setting for ages 7 to 11 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2011 31 Dec 2013
WM NMAHP Research Training Support Award (pre-PhD) - Catherine Richmond West Midlands Strategic Health Authority 01 Sep 2010 31 Aug 2012
ARC - Heel Fracture Trial EXTENSION Arthritis Research Campaign 01 Jan 2010 31 Mar 2011
The feasibility of a simple low cost general practitioner delivered intervention to promote physical activity MRC 01 Oct 2009 31 Mar 2011
HTA (OPERA) Older Peoples Exercise Invention in Residential and Nursing Accommodation National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2011
Pilot study to enhance recovery through physical activity National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jan 2008 31 Dec 2009
UK Heel Fracture Trial Arthritis Research Campaign 01 Oct 2004 01 Apr 2009
How do nurse practitioners use clinical evidence BMJ Knowledge Group 01 Dec 2004 30 Apr 2005
Study to Test the Validity and Repeatability of the General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire Department of Health 01 Mar 2004 28 Feb 2005
Study to Test the Validity and Repeatability of the General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire University College London 01 Mar 2004 28 Feb 2005
Southern Africa stroke prevention initiative: the pilot stage Wellcome Trust 24 Mar 2003 31 Oct 2003
Expert workshop: southern Africa stroke prevention initiative Wellcome Trust 27 Jun 2003 30 Jun 2003