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Michelle Kelly-Irving - Biographie

UMR 1027 -
Equipe EQUITY - Embodiment, social ineQualities, lifecoUrse epidemiology, cancer and chronIc diseases, intervenTions, methodologY

Michelle Kelly-Irving is an INSERM researcher (CR) in the field of life course epidemiology, and has been working in France since 2007. The focus of her research is on the mechanisms and processes involved in the production of health inequalities across the life course. Notably, she has developed a program of research on health outcomes and health trajectories that are driven by social and psychosocial mechanisms from early life onwards. She is interested in how social and psychosocial processes are measured and can be used in relation to biomarkers and measures of physiological systems using longitudinal data. She previously worked at the University of Bristol and obtained her PhD in epidemiology from the University of London (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of education). She studied anthropology at the University of Durham as an undergraduate.

Michelle has many activities relating to interdisciplinary research, she leads a working group in the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies, and is deputy director of two interdisciplinary organisations in Toulouse IFERISS and BECO.

Her recents papers are :

1.  Karimi M, R. Castagné, G. Albertus, E. Berger, P. Vineis, M Kumari, M Kelly-Irving, M. Chadeau-Hyam, Early life inequalities and Biological Ageing: A Multi-System Biological Health Score approach in the Understanding Society Study. 2019. Journal of epidemiology and community health 10.1136/jech-2018-212010

2.   Villeval, M, E Gaborit, F. Berault, T. Lang, M Kelly-Irving, Do the key functions of an intervention designed from the same specifications vary according to context? Investigating the transferability of a public health intervention in France. Implementation Science 2019 doi : 10.1186/s13012-019-0880-8

3.   Kelly-Irving, M., & C. Delpierre, A Critique of the Adverse Childhood Experiences framework in Epidemiology and Public Health: Uses and Misuses. Social Policy & Society: 2019 doi: 10.1017/S1474746419000101

4.   Berger, E., R. Castagne, M. Chadeau-Hyam, M. Bochud, A. d'Errico, M. Gandini, M. Karimi, M. Kivimaki, V. Krogh, M. Marmot, S. Panico, M. Preisig, F. Ricceri, C. Sacerdote, A. Steptoe, S. Stringhini, R. Tumino, P. Vineis, C. Delpierre, and M. Kelly-Irving, Multi-cohort study identifies social determinants of systemic inflammation over the life course. Nat Commun, 2019. 10(1): p. 773.

5.  Stringhini, S., C. Carmeli, M. Jokela, M. Avendaño, C. McCrory, A. d’Errico, M. Bochud, H. Barros, G. Costa, M. Chadeau-Hyam, C. Delpierre, M. Gandini, S. Fraga, M. Goldberg, G.G. Giles, C. Lassale, R.A. Kenny, M. Kelly-Irving, F. Paccaud, R. Layte, P. Muennig, M.G. Marmot, A.I. Ribeiro, G. Severi, A. Steptoe, M.J. Shipley, M. Zins, J.P. Mackenbach, P. Vineis, and M. Kivimäki, Socioeconomic status, non-communicable disease risk factors, and walking speed in older adults: multi-cohort population based study. BMJ, 2018. 360.

6.  Pinel-Jacquemin, S., F. Koliouli, and M. Kelly-Irving, Devenir et être parent en situation de précarité. Bulletin de psychologie, 2018(2): p. 593-607.

Publications 2009-2019

You can contact her about her work or about the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies:

Dr. Michelle Kelly-Irving,

UMR 1027 Inserm-Université Paul Sabatier,
Faculté de Médecine,
37, allées Jules Guesde,
31000 Toulouse


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Date de mise à jour 3 juillet 2019

UMR 1027 - Epidémiologie et analyses en santé publique : Risques, maladies chroniques et handicaps - Faculté de médecine 37 allées J. Guesde 31000 Toulouse
Inserm Université de Toulouse Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier