Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Professor Fiona Matthews

Professor of Epidemiology



A statistician by training I am currently part time Professor of Epidemiology in Newcastle, and part time as a Programme Leader at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge.

I am particularly interested in using modern statistical methods to investigate ageing, healthy life expectancy and autism using population based epidemiological studies.  I am the Principal Statistician on the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (

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BSc (Hons) Statistics, University of Reading  (1991)

MSc Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (1993)

PhD University of Cambridge (2005)

Previous Positions

Programme leader – Senior scientist. Lead of programme on statistical epidemiology in ageing research. MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge. 2008 - onwards (now part time)

MRC CFAS statistician. Senior research associate. MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge. 2000-2009

MRC CFAS statistician. Research Associate. MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge. 1997-2000

Non-clinical research scientist, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey. 1993-1997

Computer officer, Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton, Surrey. 1990-1993

Honours and Awards

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and previously elected council member.

Deputy Chair, MRC Strategic Skills Fellowship Panel.

Member, ESRC Future Leader Research Panel

RCGP Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia Paper of the Year (2013)

Gopal Kanji Prize for best article in Journal of Applied Statistics. 2011.