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Prof Janis Baird

Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Southampton, Honorary Consultant in Public Health, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Janis Baird’s research focuses on the translation of evidence of the developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice.

She leads research that aims to improve cardiometabolic health across the lifecourse. Her research incorporates epidemiological studies examining the factors that predict cardiometabolic health and the mechanisms that link them with later disease, alongside complex intervention studies which aim to improve health and nutrition before conception and during pregnancy, with a particular focus on reducing inequalities.

Janis has contributed to the development of evidence-based practice, both locally through effective knowledge translation, and nationally through committee work including a leadership role at NICE. As well as having extensive experience of systematic review, she also has an interest in evaluation of complex interventions. She led the development of the 2015 Medical Research Council guidance on process evaluation of complex intervention studies.