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Our focus is on improving public health through high-reach individual behavioural interventions to help people who have poor diets, are overweight, or who smoke. However, we also research policy-level interventions and we are active in advocacy and in policy-making and we have an active programme of public engagement on diet and tobacco control.

Our research is or has been funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CLAHRC, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, NIHR School for Primary Care Research, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and the Medical Research Council.

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Snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink tax to tackle obesity

Effect was double that seen for similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks

Doctors should offer structured weight loss programmes as treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Doctors should offer structured weight loss programmes to patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease finds new research led by the University of Oxford.

Blogs

Meat your persona: talking to Oxford's shoppers

The LEAP team have been talking to shoppers to learn more about their meat and dairy consumption and to share the results of their research into the environmental and health impacts with the public.

Helping smokers quit: financial incentives work

Financial incentives for smoking cessation come in all shapes and sizes, but do they work? Writing in the Conversation, Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce reviews the evidence with Dr Caitlin Notley.