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John is a Professor of Chronic Disease Epidemiology.

He is the Deputy Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology (CfE) at the University of Manchester. The CfE is leading the development and use of digital methods in epidemiology including methods to remotely monitor and assess patients, and deliver digitised interventions.

John is the Research Director for the School of Biological Sciences and the REF 2021 Unit of Assessment 1 Lead

He is an Academic Advisor for Year 1 and 2 MBChB students, an APEP and PEP supervisor and leads the Epidemiology Module of the MSc in Clinical Rheumatology

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • 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. Psychology (First Class) University of Dundee, 1991

PhD 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
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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