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

Equipe constitutive du CERPOP, UMR1295, unité mixte INSERM - Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier
Michelle KELLY-IRVING •  chercheure



  1. Colineaux H, Neufcourt L, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M, Lepage B. Explaining biological differences between men and women by gendered mechanisms. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2023 Mar 23;20(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12982-023-00121-6.
  2. Joannès C, Colineaux H, Guernec G, Castagné R, Kelly-Irving M. Toward a conceptual framework of health and its operational definition: an application in the 1958 British birth cohort. BMC Public Health. 2023 Jan 14; 23(1):100. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-14967- z.
  3. Joannès C, Castagné R, Kelly-Irving M. Corrigendum to "Associations of adverse childhood experiences with smoking initiation in adolescence and persistence in adulthood, and the role of the childhood environment: Findings from the 1958 British birth cohort" [Preventive Medicine 156 (2021) 106995]. Prev Med. 2023 Feb;167:107397. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107397. Erratum for: Prev Med. 2022 Mar;156:106995.
  4. Joannès C, Redmond NM, Kelly-Irving M, Klinkenberg J, Guillemot C, Sordes F, Delpierre C, Neufcourt L; EPIDEMIC consortium. The level of education is associated with an anxiety-depressive state among men and women - findings from France during the first quarter of the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Public Health. 2023 Jul 21;23(1):1405. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-16280-9.
  5. Kelly-Irving M, Ball WP, Bambra C, Delpierre C, Dundas R, Lynch J. Falling down the rabbit hole? Methodological, conceptual and policy issues in current health inequalities research. Critical Public Health. 2023. 33(1):37-47.  doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2022.2036701
  6. McCrory C, McLoughlin S, Layte R, NiCheallaigh C, O'Halloran AM, Barros H, Berkman LF, Bochud M, M Crimmins E, T Farrell M, Fraga S, Grundy E, Kelly-Irving M, Petrovic D, Seeman T, Stringhini S, Vollenveider P, Kenny RA. Towards a consensus definition of allostatic load: a multi-cohort, multi-system, multi-biomarker individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023 Jul;153:106117. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2023.106117.


  1. Claudet I, Marchand-Tonel C, Kelly-Irving M, Gaudron CZ, Raynaud JP, Delpierre C, Bréhin C. The psychological effects of COVID-19-related containment in children: The E-COCCON French study. Arch Pediatr. 2022 Apr;29(3):188-193. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2022.01.011.
  2. Colineaux H, Soulier A, Lepage B, Kelly-Irving M. Considering sex and gender in Epidemiology: a challenge beyond terminology. From conceptual analysis to methodological strategies. Biol Sex Differ. 2022 May 12;13(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s13293-022-00430-6.
  3. Fianu A, Aissaoui H, Naty N, Lenclume V, Casimir AF, Chirpaz E, Maillard O, Spodenkiewicz M, Bouscaren N, Kelly-Irving M, Rachou E, Delpierre C, Gérardin P. Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Lockdown Measure in a Low Socio-Economic Setting: A Cross-Sectional Study on Reunion Island. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Oct 26;19(21):13932. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192113932.
  4. Gimenez L, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Rougé-Bugat ME, Lepage B, Lang T. Interaction between patient and general practitioner according to the patient body weight: a cross-sectional survey. Fam Pract. 2022 Aug 30:cmac086. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmac086.
  5. Joannès C, Castagné R, Kelly-Irving M. Associations of adverse childhood experiences with smoking initiation in adolescence and persistence in adulthood, and the role of the childhood environment: Findings from the 1958 British birth cohort. Prev Med. 2022 Mar;156:106995. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.106995.
  6. Khalatbari-Soltani S, Maccora J, Blyth FM, Joannès C, Kelly-Irving M. Measuring education in the context of health inequalities. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Jun 13;51(3):701-708.. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyac058.
  7. Lacey RE, Howe LD, Kelly-Irving M, Bartley M, Kelly Y. The Clustering of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children: Are Gender and Poverty Important? J Interpers Violence. 2022 Mar;37(5-6):2218-2241. doi: 10.1177/0886260520935096.
  8. Mongin D, Cullati S, Kelly-Irving M, Rosselet M, Regard S, Courvoisier DS; Covid-SMC Study Group. Neighbourhood socio-economic vulnerability and access to COVID-19 healthcare during the first two waves of the pandemic in Geneva, Switzerland: A gender perspective. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Mar 28;46:101352. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101352.
  9. Neufcourt L, Castagné R, Mabile L, Khalatbari-Soltani S, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M. Assessing How Social Exposures Are Integrated in Exposome Research: A Scoping Review. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 Nov;130(11):116001. doi: 10.1289/EHP11015.
  10. Ribeiro AI, Fraga S, Severo M, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Stringhini S, Kivimaki M, Joost S, Guessous I, Severi G, Giles G, Sacerdote C, Vineis P, Barros H; LIFEPATH Consortium. Association of neighbourhood disadvantage and individual socioeconomic position with all-cause mortality: a longitudinal multicohort analysis. Lancet Public Health. 2022 May;7(5):e447-e457. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(22)00036-6.
  11. Sieber S, Orsholits D, Cheval B, Ihle A, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Burton-Jeangros C, Cullati S. Social protection expenditure on health in later life in 20 European countries: Spending more to reduce health inequalities. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Jan;292:114569. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114569.
  12. Vandentorren S, Smaïli S, Chatignoux E, Maurel M, Alleaume C, Neufcourt L, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C. The effect of social deprivation on the dynamic of SARS-CoV-2 infection in France: a population-based analysis. Lancet Public Health. 2022 Mar;7(3):e240-e249. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(22)00007-X.
  13. van Zwieten A, Tennant PWG, Kelly-Irving M, Blyth FM, Teixeira-Pinto A, Khalatbari-Soltani S. Avoiding overadjustment bias in social epidemiology through appropriate covariate selection: a primer. J Clin Epidemiol. 2022 Sep;149:127-136. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2022.05.021.


  1. Carmeli C, Kutalik Z, Mishra PP, Porcu E, Delpierre C, Delaneau O, Kelly-Irving M, Bochud M, Dhayat NA, Ponte B, Pruijm M, Ehret G, Kähönen M, Lehtimäki T, Raitakari OT, Vineis P, Kivimäki M, Chadeau-Hyam M, Dermitzakis E, Vuilleumier N, Stringhini S. Gene regulation contributes to explain the impact of early life socioeconomic disadvantage on adult inflammatory levels in two cohort studies. Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 4;11(1):3100. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82714-2.
  2. Castagné R, Neufcourt L, Lamy S, Costa N, Berger É, Lang T, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Equity É. Les discriminations [Discriminations]. Rev Prat. 2021 Sep;71(7):774-780. PMID: 34792918.
  3. Joannès C, Castagné R, Lepage B, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M. Could teacher-perceived parental interest be an important factor in understanding how education relates to later physiological health? A life course approach. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 17;16(6):e0252518. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252518.
  4. Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C. Framework for understanding health inequalities over the life course: the embodiment dynamic and biological mechanisms of exogenous and endogenous origin. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2021 Dec;75(12):1181-1186. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-216430.
  5. Lepage B, Colineaux H, Kelly-Irving M, Vineis P, Delpierre C, Lang T. Comparison of smoking reduction with improvement of social conditions in early life: simulation in a British cohort. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 Jul 9;50(3):797-808. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa244.
  6. Neufcourt L, Joannès C, Maurel M, Redmond NM, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M pour le consortium EPIDEMIC. Inégalités entre hommes et femmes face au risque d’infection par le virus SARS-CoV-2 durant le confinement du printemps 2020 en France. Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire. n°11. Juillet 2021. Lire
  7. Priesemann V, Brinkmann MM, Ciesek S, Cuschieri S, Czypionka T, Giordano G, Gurdasani D, Hanson C, Hens N, Iftekhar E, Kelly-Irving M, Klimek P, Kretzschmar M, Peichl A, Perc M, Sannino F, Schernhammer E, Schmidt A, Staines A, Szczurek E. Calling for pan-European commitment for rapid and sustained reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infections. Lancet. 2021 Jan 9;397(10269):92-93. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32625-8.
  8. Rocha V, Fraga S, Moreira C, Carmeli C, Lenoir A, Steptoe A, Giles G, Goldberg M, Zins M, Kivimäki M, Vineis P, Vollenweider P, Barros H, Stringhini S; LIFEPATH Consortium; members of the LIFEPATH Consortium (Kelly-Irving M collaborator):. Life-course socioeconomic disadvantage and lung function: a multicohort study of 70 496 individuals. Eur Respir J. 2021 Mar 18;57(3):2001600. doi: 10.1183/13993003.01600-2020.


  1. Carmeli C, Steen J, Petrovic D, Lepage B, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M, Bochud M, Kivimäki M, Vineis P, Stringhini S. Mechanisms of life-course socioeconomic inequalities in adult systemic inflammation: Findings from two cohort studies. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Jan;245:112685. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112685.
  2. Castagné R, Kelly-Irving M, Krogh V, Palli D, Panico S, Sacerdote C, Tumino R, Hebels DG, Kleinjans JC, de Kok TM, Georgiadis P, Kyrtopoulos SA, Vermeulen R, Stringhini S, Vineis P, Chadeau-Hyam M, Delpierre C. A multi-omics approach to investigate the inflammatory response to life course socioeconomic position. Epigenomics. 2020 Aug;12(15):1287-1302. doi: 10.2217/epi-2019-0261.
  3. Chadeau-Hyam M, Bodinier B, Elliott J, Whitaker MD, Tzoulaki I, Vermeulen R, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Elliott P. Risk factors for positive and negative COVID-19 tests: a cautious and in-depth analysis of UK biobank data. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Aug 20:dyaa134. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa134.
  4. Khalatbari-Soltani S, Cumming RC, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M. Importance of collecting data on socioeconomic determinants from the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak onwards. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2020 Aug;74(8):620-623. doi: 10.1136/jech-2020-214297.
  5. Lang T, Saurel-Cubizolles MJ, de Villemeur AB, Aujard Y, Colson S, Com-Ruelle L, Debost E, Duché P, Gindt-Ducros A, Halley des Fontaines V, Kelly-Irving M, Vernazza-Licht N. La santé des enfants en France : un enjeu négligé ? Santé Publique. 2020 Oct 12;Vol. 32(4):329-338. French. doi: 10.3917/spub.204.0329.
  6. Lepage B, Colineaux H, Kelly-Irving M, Vineis P, Delpierre C, Lang T. Comparison of smoking reduction with improvement of social conditions in early life: simulation in a British cohort. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Dec 22:dyaa244. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyaa244.
  7. Maurel M, Castagné R, Berger E, Bochud M, Chadeau-Hyam M, Fraga S, Gandini M, Hutri-Kähönen N, Jalkanen S, Kivimäki M, Marmot M, McCrory C, Preisig M, Raitakari O, Ricceri F, Salmi M, Steptoe A, Vineis P, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M. Patterning of educational attainment across inflammatory markers: Findings from a multi-cohort study. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Nov;90:303-310. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2020.09.002.
  8. Petrovic D, Haba-Rubio J, de Mestral Vargas C, Kelly-Irving M, Vineis P, Kivimäki M, Nyberg S, Gandini M, Bochud M, Vollenweider P, d'Errico A, Barros H, Fraga S, Goldberg M, Zins M, Steptoe A, Delpierre C, Heinzer R, Carmeli C, Chadeau-Hyam M, Stringhini S; Lifepath Consortium. The contribution of sleep to social inequalities in cardiovascular disorders: a multi-cohort study. Cardiovasc Res. 2020 Jul 1;116(8):1514-1524. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvz267.
  9. Van Der Linden BWA, Sieber S, Cheval B, Orsholits D, Guessous I, Gabriel R, Von Arx M, Kelly-Irving M, Aartsen M, Blane D, Boisgontier MP, Courvoisier D, Oris M, Kliegel M, Cullati S. Life-Course Circumstances and Frailty in Old Age Within Different European Welfare Regimes: A Longitudinal Study With SHARE. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2020 Jun 2;75(6):1326-1335. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbz140.
  10. Vineis P, Avendano-Pabon M, Barros H, Bartley M, Carmeli C, Carra L, Chadeau-Hyam M, Costa G, Delpierre C, D'Errico A, Fraga S, Giles G, Goldberg M, Kelly-Irving M, Kivimaki M, Lepage B, Lang T, Layte R, MacGuire F, Mackenbach JP, Marmot M, McCrory C, Milne RL, Muennig P, Nusselder W, Petrovic D, Polidoro S, Ricceri F, Robinson O, Stringhini S, Zins M. Special Report: The Biology of Inequalities in Health: The Lifepath Consortium. Front Public Health. 2020 May 12;8:118. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00118.
  11. Vineis P, Delpierre C, Castagné R, Fiorito  G, McCrory  C, Kivimaki M, Stringhini  S, Carmeli  C, Kelly-Irving M. Health inequalities: Embodied evidence across biological layers. Soc Sci Med. 2020;246:112781. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112781.


  1. Amorim M, Silva S, Severo M, Kelly-Irving M, Samorinha C, Alves E. Husbands' and wives' discordant self-reports on couple-level variables: implications for data analysis. Porto Biomed J. 2019 Aug 21;4(5):e53. doi: 10.1097/j.pbj.0000000000000053.
  2. Berger E, Castagné R, Chadeau-Hyam M, Bochud M, d'Errico A, Gandini M, Karimi M, Kivimäki M, Krogh V, Marmot M, Panico S, Preisig M, Ricceri F, Sacerdote C, Steptoe A, Stringhini S, Tumino R, Vineis P, Delpierre C, Kelly-Irving M. Multi-cohort study identifies social determinants of systemic inflammation over the life course. Nat Commun. 2019 Feb 15;10(1):773. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08732-x.
  3. Colineaux H, Pelissier F, Pourcel L, Lang T, Kelly-Irving M, Azema O, Charpentier S, Lamy S. Why are people increasingly attending the emergency department? A study of the French healthcare system. Emerg Med J. 2019 Sep;36(9):548-553. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2018-208333.
  4. Karimi M, Castagné R, Delpierre C, Albertus G, Berger E, Vineis P, Kumari M, Kelly-Irving M, Chadeau-Hyam M. Early-life inequalities and biological ageing: a multisystem Biological Health Score approach in U nderstanding S ociety. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019. 73 (8):693-702. doi: 10.1136/jech-2018-212010.
  5. Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, A Critique of the Adverse Childhood Experiences framework in Epidemiology and Public Health: Uses and Misuses. Social Policy & Society.    2019. 18 (3): 445-456 2019 doi: 10.1017/S1474746419000101.
  6. Perduca V, Alexandrov LB, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Omichessan H, Little MP, Vineis P, Severi G. Stem cell replication, somatic mutations and role of randomness in the development of cancer. Eur J Epidemiol. 2019 May;34(5):439-445. doi: 10.1007/s10654-018-0477-6.
  7. Ribeiro AI, Fraga S, Kelly-Irving M, Delpierre C, Stringhini S, Kivimaki M, Joost S, Guessous I, Gandini M, Vineis P, Barros H. Neighbourhood socioeconomic deprivation and allostatic load: a multi-cohort study. Sci Rep. 2019 Jun 19;9(1):8790. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-45432-4.
  8. Selous C, Kelly-Irving M, Maughan B, Eyre O, Rice F, Collishaw S. Adverse childhood experiences and adult mood problems: evidence from a five-decade prospective birth cohort. Psychol Med. 2019 Oct 4:1-8. doi: 10.1017/S003329171900271X.
  9. Vineis P, Kelly-Irving M. Biography and biological capital. Eur J Epidemiol. 2019 Oct;34(10):979-982. doi: 10.1007/s10654-019-00539-w.
  10. Villeval M, Gaborit E, Berault F, Lang T, Kelly-Irving M. 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. Implement Sci. 2019 Apr 2;14(1):35. doi: 10.1186/s13012-019-0880-8.
  11. von Arx M, Cheval B, Sieber S, Orsholits D, Widmer E, Kliegel M, Guessous I, Kelly-Irving M, Courvoisier DS, Boisgontier MP, Cullati S. The role of adult socioeconomic and relational reserves regarding the effect of childhood misfortune on late-life depressive symptoms. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Jun 17;8:100434. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100434.