Partners in the Network

We are a network of researchers from seven universities in six countries on three continents. The GDAR Group is based in Cambridge UK, and the Network is made up of researchers from Cameroon, the Caribbean, Kenya, South Africa and the UK.

You can read more about the people in the GDAR Network here.


The Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Group is part of the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, which also leads the  Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). The development of GDAR brings together our growing portfolio of studies on the determinants of diet and physical activity in low and middle income countries into a co-ordinated programme.


At the University of Yaounde 1, we have a longstanding collaboration with the Health of Populations in Transition Research Group (HoPiT)


Collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Health Research, University of the West Indies (UWI), was developed partly through Dr Nigel Unwin’s 5 year employment there until March 2016. Work has included the objective measurement of physical activity and sodium excretion in a national survey in Barbados, and evaluation of the impact of a region-wide political initiative (the 2007 Port of Spain Declaration) to improve the prevention and control of NCDs.

We are working with Université d’État d’Haïti (UEH) as part of our Caribbean Foodscapes Pilot Study.


In Kenya, our collaboration is with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

South Africa

At the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) we are collaborating with Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit (DPHRU) and PRICELESS SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening South Africa).

At the University of Cape Town (UCT) our collaboration is with the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.