I hold the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing in the Institute for Ageing and Health. My first degree was in mathematics and I hold an MSc in Statistics from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Leicester. From 1981 until 2010 I was in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester. I have an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at the Department of Public Health and Primary care, University of Cambridge and am visiting Professor in the Epidemiology of Ageing in the Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences Research, Keele University.
I am a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (C.Stat) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), Member of the British Geriatrics Society and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
My research expertise is in the demography and
epidemiology of ageing with a focus on late life functioning, both physical and
mental, and including measurement as well as determinants and consequences for
care. I have been involved in the design and/or analysis of all the major UK cohort
and longitudinal studies of ageing. I am acknowledged as the leading UK
researcher on healthy life expectancy and its use to monitor population ageing,
have published widely on this topic and regularly have provided advice to
government departments and committees. Internationally I have made major
contributions over the last decade to developing the instruments and indicators
to monitor population health across the European Union. My current research
program has three themes: Understanding variations in Healthy Active Life
Expectancy; Disability and Functioning in Later Life; and Ageing Population
Projections for Policy.