William Dixon

William Dixon


Personal profile


Will is a Professor of Digital Epidemiology at the University of Manchester and an honorary consultant rheumatologist at Salford Royal Hospital, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.  

His research aims to address clinically important questions by analysing data from patient populations, with particular focus on digital health data. This includes the analysis of electronic health record data from GP surgeries and from hospitals (for example, examining the safety of drugs used in rheumatology) and the collection and analysis of data direct from patients using smartphones and wearables. Examples of innovative digital health research include Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, REMORA (Remote Monitoring of RA) and Assembling the Data Jigsaw.

Will is the academic co-lead for the Greater Manchester Secure Data Environment (GM SDE). He also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for Our Future Health and is a member of MRC's Population and Systems Medicine Board and Population Health Sciences Group


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology


  • BSc (Physiology), The University of London, 1995
  • MBBS, The University of London, 1997
  • MRCP 2002
  • MSc (Clinical Rheumatology), The University of Manchester, 2004
  • PhD, The University of Manchester, 2008
  • MSc (Pharmacoepidemiology), McGill University, Montreal, 2011


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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Population Health Sciences Group (PHSG) Member , Medical Research Council (MRC)

Oct 2023 → …

Scientific Advisory Board Chair, Our Future Health

Apr 2021 → …

Population & Systems Medicine Board (PSMB) Member, Medical Research Council (MRC)

Apr 2020 → …

Consultant to Google Health, Google UK Limited


External Examiner, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Jul 2016Jul 2021

Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group Member, MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency)


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Digital Futures


  • Epidemiology
  • Digital epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Arthritis
  • Drug safety
  • mHealth
  • eHealth


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