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John is a Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Leadership roles

Deputy Director of the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis (CfE). The CfE leads the development and use of digital methods in epidemiology to integrate and interrogate electronic health records and person-generated data, to track the occurrence and progression of disease and identify causal mechanisms, to remotely monitor and assess patients, and deliver digitised interventions

Research Director, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester

REF Unit of Assessment 1 Lead, University of Manchester

Centre for Primary Care Versus Arthritis, Keele University

Research activites:

Occurrence and progression of disease; integrating routinely collected electronic health records, person-generated health data, and remotely collected biological samples; clustering longitudinal data to identify disease states and disease clusters; modelling transitions between disease states in comorbidity and multimorbidity; causal inference for binary and ordinal states; transparent and reproducible data capture and analysis pipelines; treatment including digital therapeutics; interventions for global health change

Conditions of interest

Chronic disease including rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease, co-morbidity and mulitmorbidity, and common symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue


Undergraduate: Biomedical Science, MBChB (Academic Advisor, APEP and PEP supervisor,)

Postgraduate: MSc in Clinical Rheumatology Epidemiology module lead, PhD supervisor

Epidemiology: Introduction to Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Manchester Digital Epidemiology Summer School

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Scientific Committee, European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology
  • Heberden Committee, British Society for Rheumatology
  • Research Strategy Committee, British Society for Rheumatology
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC)
  • British Pain Society (UK chapter of IASP)
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • British Society for Rheumatology

Social responsibility

Governing Board, City of Manchester Learning Partnership


M.A. Hons. Psychology (First Class), University of Dundee, 1991

PhD Clinical Epidemiology, University of Manchester, 2001

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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