I am a Reader in Lifecourse Epidemiology within the Institute of Health and Society. I am the Director of the Newcastle Thousand Families Study, a birth cohort established in 1947 and lead a programme of epidemiological research assessing risk factors for and causal pathways to adverse health and behavioural outcomes. This encompasses the effects of medical radiation exposures (primarily CT scans), the lifecourse influences on chronic disease and more generally am able to adapt to most areas of epidemiology. I am open to collaborations in any epidemiological field and to approaches from potential MRes and PhD students.
Roles and Responsibilities
Director, The Newcastle Thousand Families Study
Member of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE)
Programme lead of the MRes in Epidemiology
Module lead for MRes Clinical Epidemiology module
BSc (Hons), 1993, University of Wales
MSc in Medical Statistics, 1994, University of Leicester
PhD Epidemiology, 2000, Newcastle University
Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, 2008-2011
Lecturer, Newcastle University, 2005-2008
Senior Research Associate, Newcastle University, 2003-2005
Research Associate, Newcastle University, 2002-2003
Post-doctoral Fellow, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, 2000-2001
Research Associate, Newcastle University, 1997-2000
Junior Research Associate, Newcastle University, 1995-1997
Research Assistant, Institute of Cancer Research (London), 1994-1995
My research is centred within the field of aetiological epidemiology with an ability to adapt to changing research needs or collaborative requests.to cover most aspects of epidemiology. Within this I have 2 primary research fields, i) lifecourse influences on health and behaviour, and ii) the effects of medical radiation exposures on health.
I am the Director of the Newcastle Thousand Families Study, a birth cohort established in 1947, a co-investigator on two other birth cohorts based at Newcastle University, the Gateshead Millennium Study and the Newcastle Pre-Term Birth Cohort, and a collaborator with the Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort. The key theme within these studies is to identify aetiological risk factors for chronic diseases, in both childhood and adulthood. We quantify the relative importance of different risk factors, and the pathways between them, so as to identify areas that should of most interest for public health interventions and thus translation. As part of this, I am also investigating factors that influence health behaviours, such as physical activity, as it is likely that interventions will work differently in different groups of people.
I also lead a programme of research into the potential risks associated with medical radiation exposures in young people. The main study within this is the UK CT Scan Study from which we reported, in the Lancet in 2012, our findings of significantly increased risks of both leukaemias and brain tumours with increasing organ-specific radiation doses from having a CT scan. As well as leading the UK Study, I also instigated the European-wide EPI-CT study and am a co-investigator on a similar study in Brazil.
I am also involved in a number of other externally funded research projects, including a wide range of collaborative studies with colleagues in Child Health.
I am currently supervising seven PhD students. Details of these and those post submission can be found under the teaching tab.
MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research
BSc Biomedical SciencesDissertation supervisor, dissertation examiner
BSc BiologyDissertation supervisor, dissertation examiner
Current PhD students
Completed PhD Students