The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) is studying the population-level influences on what we eat and how much physical activity we do. We are developing and evaluating public health interventions, and helping shape public health practice and policy.
Part of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, we work with a number of other leading research organisations in the UK and beyond.
CEDAR draws on the expertise of a wide range of scientific disciplines, and we collaborate with public health organisations, schools, charities and policy bodies.
COVID-19 - our response
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the CEDAR offices have been closed for all but essential activity since midnight on Tuesday 17 March. Staff are working from home until further notice, and all internal and external meetings are being held via video or teleconferencing.
All active field testing as part of our research studies that involves direct contact with volunteers has been temporarily suspended, and all volunteers who had appointments booked have been notified that they have been postponed or cancelled. For any enquiries about a study you are participating in please check the contact details for individual studies on the MRC Epidemiology Unit Study Contacts web page, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MRC Epidemiology Unit/CEDAR seminar series has moved online. You can find a list of upcoming seminars and recordings of previous ones here. To receive emails about future seminars and other alerts subscribe here.
CEDAR's research work is continuing, and our scientists are also exploring opportunities to contribute to national efforts, both in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its broader public health consequences.
Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
CEDAR’s research looks at how the world in which we live shapes our behaviours, and therefore how we might target whole populations and systems to bring about a positive shift in our health. More about our Research.
Practice and policy collaboration
Our research is being used to develop and evaluate public health interventions, and is guided by the needs of public health practice. We work with public health organisations, schools, charities and a range of policy bodies. More about collaborating with CEDAR.
CEDAR research draws on the expertise of a range of scientific disciplines, including behavioural science, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, health geography, and nutrition research. Our research is supported by specialist expertise in data management, study coordination and communications. Read profiles of all our staff.
Our latest news
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