Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine



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Professor Paul Elliott, MBBS, PhD, FMedSci, trained in clinical medicine and epidemiology as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow at St Mary's Hospital London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He studied for his PhD in Epidemiology on the INTERSALT Study under the mentorship of Professor Geoffrey Rose. He remained at the London School working as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and reader in epidemiology before becoming Head of the Environmental Epidemiology Unit at LSHTM 1990. In 1995 he was appointed to the Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Imperial College London. He heads what is now the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. The Department has expanded significantly during recent years to encompass a wide-ranging programme of health research and extensive collaborations with honorary and visiting staff. Paul Elliott is also Director of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health which sits within the Department and includes the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). He is also an honorary consultant in public health medicine in the Directorate of Primary Care and Public Health of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the academic lead for the Biobanking research theme for the Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He was recently appointed as the Academic Health Sciences Centre's (AHSC) Director of Information Governance.

Research Leadership :
Head of Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director of MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health
Director of Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU)
Co-Director of MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre
Deputy Director of HPRU on the Health Impact of Environmental Hazards
NIHR Senior Investigator
ACCEA platinum award holder
ISI Highly cited researcher 2014
H-index 86

Key Research Interests:
Environmental epidemiology and small area health statistics
Genetic and molecular epidemiology, gene-environment interactions
Nutritional epidemiology - high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
Cohort studies and biobankiing
Non-ionising radiation and health

Research projects:


  • AIRWAVE health monitoring study - on long-term health in relation to the use of the TETRA communication system by police force personnel. Funding: Home Office. Collaboration with Aston University (A Burgess) on a neurocognitive sub-project.
    Airwave study
  • BIOSHARE - WP7 on Social and Environmental Risk Factors for Disease. Funding: EU FP7. Collaboration with University of Groninghen NL (R Stolk).
  • COMBI-BIO - Identification of biomarkers for subclinical atherosclerosis. Coordinator for a consortium of 5 international partners. Funding: EU FP7.
  • UK COSMOS - International cohort study of mobile phones and health with data on >100,000 UK mobile phone users, part of a long-term cohort study with participants recruited in 3 other European countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland). Funding: Department of Health.
  • NIHR BioResource - Airwave is part of the national NIHR BioResource, which is a panel of study volunteers who are willing to be approached to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease.
    NIHR BioResource
  • INTERMAP - International collaborative study on dietary macro- and micro-nutrient intakes and health. Blood pressure, dietary, urinary, anthropometric and questionnaire data were collected from 4,680 men and women (40-59 years) recruited from 17 populations across four countries (Japan, China, UK, USA).

 Research collaboration

COMBI-BIO - D Herrington (Wake Forest University), P Greenland (Northwestern University), E Evangelou (Ioannina University), C Gieger (Helmholtz Munich), A Deghan (Erasmus)

ICBP consortium M Caulfield, P Munroe (QMUL)

INTERMAP - J Stamler, A Dyer, L van Horn (Northwestern University), M Daviglus (University of Illinois), J Molitor (University of Oregon), J Nicholson, E Holmes (Imperial College London)

LOLIPOP (London Life Sciences Prospective Population Cohort) Study - PI: Kooner.

Northern Finland Birth Cohorts - PI: Jarvelin

LIFE birth cohort study - PI: Dezateux (UCL).

UKB CMC - J Danesh (Cambridge), H Hemingway (UCL), M McCarthy (Oxford), N Samani (Leicester)

UK MED-BIO - C Steinbeck (EBI-EMBL), J Griffin (MRC Human Nutrition Unit), R Lyons (CIPHER Swansea), P Worth (ICR)


BSc in Global HealthMBBS Epidemiology in Practice
MSc in Epidemiology Chronic Disease Epidemiology module and Social Epidemiology module
Masters in Public Health
Short courses including in 2014: International Nutritional Epidemiology (course director: Prof Elio Riboli); Global Health (course director Dr Daniela Fecht); Stat XP (course director Dr Marc Chadeau).

Postgraduate PhD Student Supervision:

Rachel Gibson: The association between shift work, diet and metabolic risk in police force employees in Great Britain.

Rebecca Erikson: Nutrient profiling and diet influence on metabolic syndrome in GB population: The Airwave Study.

Li Yan: Dietary pattern analyses in Asian populations, long-term effects of macro- and micro-nutrients on blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in Chinese populations: the INTERMAP Study.

Goncalo de Santos Correia: Novel computational and chemometric methods for modelling cardiovascular metabolic phenotypic data.

Perviz Asaria: Small-area variation in incidence and survival from ischaemic heart disease in England.

Mentoring: academic mentor for the Academy of Medical Sciences mentorship scheme since 2012.

PhD examining: 2014/15 for Imperial College London and the Karolinska Institute Stockholm.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Elliott P, Posma JM, Chan Q, et al., 2015, Urinary metabolic signatures of human adiposity, Science Translational Medicine, Vol:7, ISSN:1946-6234

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