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My current research interests are primarily in epidemiology of body size and chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and on statistical methods for large-scale epidemiological studies.

This page provides a summary of my research interests and current work with links to relevant publications. You can also view the full list of my publications.

Cancer Epidemiology Unit.  [top]

In July 2008 I moved to the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford. My research at the CEU is currently focused on how body size changes throughout life and how these changes affect health outcomes in the Million Women Study (MWS) cohort. I am also working on epidemiological investigations of seasonal and other temporal trends in cardiovascular mortality and other outcomes, and on methodologies for dealing with measurement error in large studies such as the MWS and EPIC (the European Prospective Study into Cancer and Nutrition).

My recent external collaborations include a validation study with the MRC National Survey of Health and Development at UCL, and involvment in the UK Dietary Cohort Consortium, based at the Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology in Cancer Prevention and Survival at Cambridge.

Studies and earlier work.  [top]

After undergraduate degrees in statistics and philosophy, I studied for a PhD with Phil Pollett and Hugh Possingham on Markov chains with application to the modelling of ecological populations (among other things).

My first postdoctoral position was with Robert Payne and Vincent Jansen, on a BBSRC- and UK Food Standards Agency-funded project investigating mathematical models for populations of bacteria and of their viruses. We collaborated with Andrew Timms and Ian Connerton of the University of Nottingham on applications to a specific model system: the gastrointestinal pathogen Campylobacter jejuni in poultry farming.

Heart anterior view; image by Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator (patricklynch.net) and C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist
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