The presentation will summarise the following issues:
- Principles and importance of lifecourse epidemiology
- Conceptual models in lifecourse epidemiology, introduction into model building with reference to “conventional” multivariate model building
- Analytical strategy, modelling and interpretation of life-course data using structural equation modelling (SEM)
Professor Jarvelin is Chair in Public Health and Lifecourse Epidemiology at Imperial College London with additional part-time professorships at the National Institute of Health and Welfare and at the University of Oulu, in Finland. Professor Jarvelin has been running large-scale population based studies for over 25 years, investigating the genetic and early life environmental origins of multi-factorial diseases/disorders in close collaboration with many internationally well-known institutions, groups and networks. She is a director of the widely acknowledged Northern Finland Birth Cohort (NFBC) Research Program, which includes around 20,000 subjects, born in 1966 and 1986. In 2006 she received an award of excellence in genetic epidemiology at Imperial College London and in 2012 she was honoured in Finland with the title Epidemiologist of the Year.