Marjo-Riitta Järvelin

Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPM, is Professor and Chair in Lifecourse Epidemiology at Imperial College London (IC), UK, also holding a visiting professorship at Brunel University London, UK and a part-time professorship at the University of Oulu, Finland.

I have been running large-scale population based studies for over 25 years, working on the genetic and early life environmental origins of multi-factorial diseases and disorders, in close collaboration with many international institutions, groups and networks. I am a Scientific Director of the widely acknowledged Northern Finland Birth Cohort (NFBC) research programme (about 20 000 subjects, born in 1966 and 1986 and their 35,000 parents), and have an active role in research training as Director of Postgraduate Studies at School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK.

My areas of research expertise include analyses of life-course (including growth, development), environmental, clinical metabolic/cardiovascular and biomarker data. Recently, for the first time, in collaboration with other international groups we were able to robustly identify genetic polymorphisms, which link poor early growth and T2D, NFBC studies playing a central role.

We have developed many methods, which are applicable to clinical practice, such as the obesity calculator, and risk assessment tool for cardiovascular death. Our team also has expertise in analysis of metabolomic data and development of analytical methods.


Last updated: 10.12.2019