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The winners of its inaugural Early Career Researcher (ECR) competition were announced at the Cambridge Public Health annual Showcase, centred this year on the topic of "Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Adversity." 

Benjamin Woolf, a genetic epidemiologist from the Biostatistics Unit, emerged as the overall winner of the ECR competition.

His presentation, "Assessing the Causal Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure: A meta-analytic Mendelian randomisation study," impressed the judging panel, earning him the opportunity to present his research alongside distinguished speakers at the Showcase.


Hao Tang, a PhD student at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, was the winner of the poster competition. Attendees at the Showcase voted for her poster, which offered a compelling summary of the impact of social media interventions on eating behaviours in young people. View the winning poster here.

"I'm thrilled to win this award, highlighting social media's role in shaping young people's health choices. It's exciting to see such interest in this area, and it inspires me to keep working on ways to make a positive impact through public health" she said.

The ECR competition attracted 48 submissions from various departments across the university, including the School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Economics, and Departments of Engineering, Social Anthropology, and Computer Science and Technology. The entries were rigorously evaluated by a panel of judges comprising members of the Cambridge Public Health ECR advisory board.

The event not only showcased the exceptional talent within the university but also reinforced the Centre's commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research and supporting Early Career Researchers.

Posters from the competition will be available for viewing on the Cambridge Public Health website soon.