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  • Research - molecular epidemiology of vascular disease, diabetes and its complications, cognitive impairment/dementia - PI for Edinburgh Type 2 Diabetes Study; co-ordinator for AAA Trial, EHDPS and EAS datasets
  • Member of molecular epidemiology research group, Usher Institute and Centre for Global Health
  • Director of postgraduate research, Usher Institute (to 2023) and Deputy Director of Usher Institute (2021-2024)
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate epidemiology teaching and supervision
  • Research in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of peripheral vascular disease - co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Vascular (to 2023); honorary consultant in Public Health, NHS Lothian; founding member of Cochrane Heart Stroke and Vascular Thematic Group and 'ADVICE' collaboration
  • Key scientist, Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
  • National/international collaborations - Edinburgh lead in UCLEB consortium of UK-based prospective studies on applied genomics, COMETS (metabolomics), EGRF, NCD-RisC, Proof-ATHERO and USE-IMT
  • Evidence synthesis - lead/PI for NESSIE NIHR-funded Evidence Synthesis Group

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Student supervisor, BSc Epidemiology
  • Personal tutor, MPH
  • Supervisor, MPH/MD/PhD/MRes students
  • Chair of Usher PGR degrees committee and Usher Institute representative on CMVM PGR Board of Examiners (to 2023)
  • Acdemic trainer for doctors in training

Major molecular epidemiology research programmes

  • Edinburgh Type 2 Diabetes Study - study of risk factors for age-related cognitive impairment and vascular complications in people with type 2 diabetes
  • UCLEB Programme in Applied and Translational Cardiovascular Genomics - a collaboration of major UK-based prospective studies studying the use of Mendelian Randomisation to assess causality of biomarkers in vascular and vascular-related chronic disease

Work History

Appointed to University of Edinburgh
1994Clinical Research Fellow in Epidemiology
1998Clinical Lecturer and Honorary SpR in Public Health
2006Clinical Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Public Health
2011Clinical Reader, then Professor, in Molecular Epidemiology (Hon Consultant)


1990BSc (Med Sci)
1992MB ChB



Current Research Team Members and Recent Students

Rachel Bedenis Forster; PhD Student (molecular epidemiology, retinal traits, retinopathy and cognition in diabetes)

Cathryn Broderick; Research Fellow (NESSIE)

Alistair Carr; junior physician (depression and dementia in diabetes)

Bo-Jen Chen; MRes student (molecular epidemiology, cognitive impiarment, diabetes)

Candida Fenton; Information Specialist (NESSIE)

Sheila Grecian; specialist registrar/MD student (liver disease in diabetes)

Zhe Huang; PhD Student (molecular epidemiology, metabolomics)

Wardah Khalid; PhD Student (molecular epidemiology, dementia prediction in diabetes)

Justina Krasauskaite; PhD student (precision medicine, risk prediction for diabetic renal disease)

Emmanuel Sandoval Garcia; PhD Student (molecular epidemiology, retinal traits and vascular disease in diabetes)

Anniek Sluiman; PhD Student (molecular epidemiology. obesity and cognitive decline in diabetes)

Marlene Stewart; Senior Research Fellow (NESSIE)








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