Lifecourse Epidemiology and Molecular Pathological Epidemiology

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
January 2015 Volume 48, Issue 1, p1-120

Lifecourse Epidemiology and Molecular Pathological Epidemiology
Akihiro Nishi, MD, DrPH, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Karestan C. Koenen, PhD, Kana Wu, MD, PhD, Reiko Nishihara, PhD, Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD
Lifecourse epidemiology studies long-term effects of social and environmental exposures on health and disease.1,2 A key challenge to the three models of lifecourse epidemiology is translating its empirical evidence into intervention planning, especially among populations where the critical social and environmental exposures happened in the past or when they represent difficult groups with which to intervene. In this article, molecular pathological epidemiology (MPE), which was first described in 2010, is reviewed.