MacArthur SES & Health Network

Sir Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, 1985-present Director, International Centre for Health and Society, University College London, 1994-present Honorary Consultant, Camden & Islington Health Authority, London, 1985-present Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London, 1989 Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London 1996

International Centre for Health and Society
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 1717
Fax: 020 7813 0242

MB BS University of Sydney, Australia (awarded with honours)
MPH University of California, Berkeley
PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Professor Marmot heads a research group of about 120 people investigating the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease with a particular focus on alcohol, nutrition, and social, economic and cultural determinants of disease. He is the principal investigator of the Whitehall studies of British civil servants and co-principal investigator of the Health Surveys for England and Scotland. New research initiatives include investigating social gradients in health in the Japanese, causes of East-West differences in coronary heart disease, and pursuing an initiative on psychological triggers of biological pathways of disease.

Selected Publications

Marmot MG. Improvement of social environment to improve health. Geoffrey Rose memorial lecture. Lancet 1998:351(9095):57-60.
Bobak M, Pikhart H, Hertzman C, Rose R, Marmot M. Socioeconomic factors, perceived control and self-reported health in Russia. A cross-sectional survey. Soc Sci Med1998:47:269-279.

Brunner, E.J., Shipley, M.J., Blane, D., Davey Smith, G., and Marmot, M.G. Past and present socioeconomic circumstances and cardiovascular risk factors in adulthood. J Epid Comm Health 1999:53: 757-764.

Nicholson, A.C., White, I.R., Macfarlane, P.W., Brunner, E.J., and Marmot, M.G. Why do women report more angina than men? Analyses from the Whitehall II study. J.Clin.Epidemiol. 52:337-346, 1999.

Martikainen, P., Stansfeld, S., Hemingway, H., and Marmot, M. Determinants of socioeconomic differences in change in SF-36 physical and mental functioning: the Whitehall II study. Social Science & Medicine 49: 499-507, 1999

Marmot MG. The importance of psychosocial factors in the workplace to the development of disease. In Social determinants of health edited by Marmot MG and Wilkinson RG. New York: Oxford University Press. 1999.

Marmot MG. Social class, occupational status and CVD. In Occup Med : 15(1), 2000

Kumari, M., Brunner, E.,  Fuhrer, R. & Marmot, M.  Mechanisms by which the metabolic syndrome and diabetes lead to memory impairment.J Gerontol: Biological Sciences, 55A(5), B228-B232.

Bobak M, Marmot M, Pikhart H, Rose R, Hertzman C. Socioeconomic factors, material inequalities, and perceived control in self-rated health: cross-sectional data from seven post-communist countries. In P. Nilsson & K. Orth-Gomer (Eds.) Self-rated health in a European perspective. FRN, Stockholm. 2000.

Brunner, E. J., Stallone, D., Juneja, M., Bingham, S., & Marmot, M. (2001). Dietary assessment in Whitehall II: comparison of 7 d diet diary and food-frequency questionnaire and validity against biomarkers. British Journal of Nutrition, 86, 405-414.

Brunner, E. J., Wunsch, H., & Marmot, M. (2001). What is an optimal diet? Relationship of macronutrient intake to obesity, glucose tolerance, lipoprotein cholesterol levels and the metabolic syndrome in the Whitehall II study. International Journal of Obesity, 25, 45-53.

Carroll, D., Davey Smith, G., Shipley, M. J., Steptoe, A., Brunner, E. J., & Marmot, M. G. (2001). Blood pressure reactions to acute psychological stress and future blood pressure status: A 10-year follow-up of men in the Whitehall II Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 63, 737-743.

Ferrie, J. E., Shipley, M. J., Marmot, M. G., Martikainen, P., Stansfeld, S. A., & Davey Smith, G. (2001). Job insecurity in white-collar workers: Toward an explanation of associations with health. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 6(1), 26-42.

Hemingway, H., Whitty, C. J. M., Shipley, M., Stansfeld, S., Brunner, E., Fuhrer, R., & Marmot, M. (2001). Psychosocial risk factors for coronary disease in White, South Asian and Afro-Caribbean civil servants: The Whitehall II Study. Ethnicity & Disease, 11, 391-400.

Marmot, M. (2001). Economic and social determinants of disease. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 79, 906-1004.

Marmot, M. (2001). Inequalities in health. New England Journal of Medicine, 345(2), 134-136.

Marmot, M. (2001). Sustainable development and the social gradient in coronary heart disease. European Heart Journal, 22, 740-750.

Marmot, M. & Brunner, E. (2001). Epidemiological applications of long-term stress in daily life. In T. Theorell (Ed.) Everyday Biological Stress Mechanisms. Basel: Karger.

Marmot, M., Shipley, M., Brunner, E., & Hemingway, H. (2001). Relative contribution of early life and adult socioeconomic factors to adult morbidity in the Whitehall II Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 55, 301-307.

Marmot, M. & Wilkinson, R. G. (2001). Psychosocial and material pathways in the relation between income and health: a response to Lynch et al. British Medical Journal, 322, 1233-1236.

Martikainen, P., Ishizaki, M., Marmot, M. G., Nakagawa, H., Kagamimori, S. (2001). Socioeconomic differences in behavioural and biological risk factors: a comparison of a Japanese and an English cohort of employed men. International Journal of Epidemiology, 30, 833-838.

Stafford, M., Bartley, M., Mitchell, R., & Marmot, M. (2001). Characteristics of individuals and characteristics of areas: investigating their influence on health in the Whitehall II study. Health & Place, 7(2), 117-129.

Fuhrer, R., Shipley, M. J., Chastang, J. F., Schmaus, A., Niedhammer, I., Stansfeld, S. A., Goldberg, M., & Marmot, M. G. (2002). Socioeconomic position, health, and possible explanations: A tale of two cohorts. American Journal of Public Health, 92(8), 1290-1294.

Griffin, J. M., Fuhrer, R., Stansfeld, S. A., & Marmot, M. (2002). The importance of low control at work and home on depression and anxiety: do these effects vary by gender and social class? Social Science and Medicine, 54, 783-798.

Marmot, M. (2002). The influence of income on health: Views of an epidemiologist. Health Affairs, 21(2), 31-46.

Stansfeld, S. A., Fuhrer, R., Shipley, M. J., & Marmot, M. G. (2002). Psychological distress as a risk factor for coronary heart disease in the Whitehall II Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, 248-255.

Adda, J., Chandola, T., & Marmot, M. (2003). Socio-economic status and health: causality and pathways. Journal of Econometrics, 112, 57-63.

Chandola, T., Bartley, M., Sacker, A., Jenkinson, C., & Marmot, M. (2003). Health selection in the Whitehall II study, UK. Social Science and Medicine, 56, 2059-2072.

Ferrie, J. E., Shipley, M. J., Stansfeld, S. A., Davey Smith, G., & Marmot, M. (2003). Future uncertainty and socioeconomic inequalities in health: the Whitehall II study. Social Science and Medicine, 57, 637-646.

Kuper, H. & Marmot, M. (2003). Intimations of mortality: perceived age of leaving middle age as a predictor of future health outcomes within the Whitehall II study. Age and Ageing, 32(2), 178-184.

Kuper, H. & Marmot, M. (2003). Job strain, job demands, decision latitude, and risk of coronary heart disease within the Whitehall II study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(2), 147-153.

Martikainen, P., Brunner, E., & Marmot, M. G. (2003). Socioeconomic differences in dietary patterns among middle-aged men and women. Social Science & Medicine, 56, 1397-1410.

Martikainen, P., Adda, J., Ferrie, J. E., Davey Smith, G., & Marmot, M. (2003). Effects of income and wealth on GHQ depression and poor self rated health in white collar women and men in the Whitehall II study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(9), 718-723.

Mein, G., Martikainen, P., Hemingway, H., Stansfeld, S., & Marmot, M. (2003). Is retirement good or bad for mental and physical health functioning? Whitehall II longitudinal study of civil servants. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(1), 46-49.

Rennie, K. L., McCarthy, N., Yazdgerdi, S., Marmot, M., & Brunner, E. (2003). Association of the metabolic syndrome with both vigorous and moderate physical activity. International Journal of Epidemiology, 32(4), 600-606.

Singh-Manoux, A., Adler, N. E., & Marmot, M. G. (2003). Subjective social status: Its determinants and its association with measures of ill-health in the Whitehall II study. Social Science and Medicine, 56, 1321-1333.

Singh-Manoux, A., Britton, A., & Marmot, M. (2003). Vascular disease and cognitive function: Evidence from the Whitehall II Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51(10), 1445-1450.

Singh-Manoux, A., Richards, M., & Marmot, M. (2003). Leisure activities and cognitive function in middle age: evidence from the Whitehall II study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(11), 907-913.

Stafford, M. & Marmot, M. (2003). Neighborhood deprivation and health: does it affect us all equally? International Journal  of Epidemiology, 32, 357-366.

Britton, A. & Marmot, M. (2004). Different measures of alcohol consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality: 11-year follow-up of the Whitehall II Cohort Study. Addiction, 99(1), 109-116.

Chandola, T., Kuper, H., Singh-Manoux, A., Bartley, M., & Marmot, M. (2004). The effect of control at home on CHD events in the Whitehall II study: Gender differences in psychosocial domestic pathways to social inequalities in CHD. Social Science and Medicine, 58, 1501-1509.

Kumari, M., Seeman, T., & Marmot, M. (2004). Biological predictors of change in functioning in the Whitehall II Study. Annals of Epidemiology, 14(4), 250-257.

Internet Links

Useful websites for Sir Michael Marmot.

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London

International Centre for Health and Society

Whitehall Study of British Civil Servants


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