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Professor Carol Brayne

RCP special adviser on population health

Carol Brayne CBE is a professor of Public Health Medicine and Co-Chair of the Cambridge Public Health Interdisciplinary Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Carol is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. Her main research has been longitudinal studies of older people following changes over time with a public health perspective and focus on the brain.

She is lead principal investigator in the MRC CFA Studies and other population based studies and has played a lead role in teaching and training in epidemiology and public health at Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus.

Carol also chairs the RCP advisory group on reducing health inequality. The group informs and develops our work relating to population health and inequality.

The purpose of the special adviser on population health is to:

  • advise the RCP on issues relating to population health, in collaboration with RCP special advisers on air quality, alcohol, obesity, sustainability and tobacco
  • act as a primary RCP spokesperson to the media on issues of population health, as advised by the RCP’s media team and/or senior officers
  • lead the RCP advisory group on reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing to develop the RCP strategy for reducing inequalities in health and wellbeing in populations, including those enhanced by access and uptake of effective health and care services.