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Prof Richard William Morris
Royal Free Campus
Rowland Hill Street
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
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Research Summary
As a medical statistician, my primary interest is in application of statistical techniques to questions of substantive clinical or public health importance. I work with the British Regional Heart Study group, on a cohort study of middle aged British men across Britain. The study began in 1978 and subjects have been closely followed ever since, yielding a wealth of data on determinants of cardiovascular disease in the population. I am interested to appraise and quantify the contribution of established cardiovascular risk factors to variations in disease burden between subgroups in the population; including subgroups defined by place of residence or socio-economic status within Great Britain. I am particularly interested in recent declines in cardiovascular mortality rates and to elicit the contributions of risk factor changes in the population, as well as the contribution of medical care. I have also developed a recent interest in population genetics and its potential to elicit causal pathways in cardiovascular disease. Accordingly I am now involved in large scale collaborations at UCL to use population based cohort studies for this purpose.
Teaching Summary
As a medical statistician, I was immediately impressed by the emergence of the evidence-based health care movement in the early 1990s. A vital part of this involves critical appraisal, and I have sought to teach this to audiences ranging from undergraduate medical students as well as postgraduates, through to policy makers in the health field. It is my passion to empower health care professionals to use best research evidence to inform patient care and population health strategies. I have been influenced by educational methods which aim to facilitate and empower rather than taking a didactic approach. I have sought to practise these principles both in large and small group settings.
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