Clinical Gerontology is a unit within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. We aim to understand how best to maintain health in older populations. Our overall research aim is to quantify the combined role of lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors in the aetiology of the major disabling diseases of later life, focusing in particular on cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis and to identify effective prevention strategies.
Kay-Tee Khaw is Professor of Clinical Gerontology and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College , Cambridge.
She trained in medicine at Girton College , University of Cambridge and St. Mary’s Hospital, London and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with subsequent clinical and academic posts in the University of London and University of California San Diego.
Her research interests are the maintenance of health in later life and the causes and prevention of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis with a focus on nutrition and hormones. She is a principal investigator in the European Prospective Investigation in Cancer in Norfolk , part of a ten country half million participant research collaboration.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences , UK and was awarded CBE (Commander of the British Empire ) in 2003. She is coordinator of an annual International Society of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention Teaching Seminar which has to date trained over 1200 physicians and scientists from over 100 nations worldwide in research and prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is currently (2008-2010) chair of the International Society of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Gerontology (2008-9). She was selected as an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2009. She has served as a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (1992-1997), Trustee of Help the Aged (1993-1998), the National Health Service Central Research and Development Committee (1991-1997), Medical Research Council Health Services and Public Health Research Board (1999-2003), Cambridgeshire Health Authority (1999-2003), Wellcome Trust Population Sciences Panel (2003-2007), World Heart Federation Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (1991-2007), and as Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust (2004-2009) and British Heart Foundation (2006-2010).