Personal profile

Academic Background

BSc (first class hons) in Statistics, University of Bath, PGDip in Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge, PhD in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge.

Administrative Posts

  • Unit lead on the MSc module Further Quantitative Methods (MED-M32Y)
  • Theme lead for years 1 and 2 epidemnology SSS on the MBBS


I am a statistician/epidemiologist.

Key Responsibilities

Year 2 research methods lead (MBBS); module lead for “Further Quantitative Methods” module on the MSc in Health Sciences.

Research Group or Lab Membership

Population Health Group, MED

Teaching Interests

Medical statistics, epidemiology.

Teaching Activities

  • Research methods teaching on the MBBS; SSS epidemiology teaching; lecture on the MScs in Health Sciences and Statistics.


1993-2003 Research Associate, University of Cambridge
2003-2006 Senior Epidemiologist, NHS
2006-present Lecturer, UEA

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Research Interests

Analysis of large epidemiological datasets, genetic epidemiology.

Career summary

My first degree was in statistics and since then I have moved into epidemiology/medical statistics.

Key Research Interests

Analysis of large epidemiological datasets, genetic epidemiology.

Selected publications

Diet and bone mineral density study in postmenopausal women from the TwinsUK registry shows a negative association with a traditional English dietary pattern and a positive association with wine. Fairweather-Tait SJ, Skinner J, Guile GR, Cassidy A, Spector TD, MacGregor AJ. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Nov;94(5):1371-5
Prior antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy and mortality in stroke. Chun Shing Kwok, Jane Skinner, Anthony K Metcalf, John F Potter, Phyo Kyaw Myint. Heart 2012 [Epub ahead of print]
Dietary garlic and hip osteoarthritis: evidence of a protective effect and putative mechanism of action. Williams FM, Skinner J, Spector TD, Cassidy A, Clark IM, Davidson RM, MacGregor AJ. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010 11:280
Performance of the ASSIGN cardiovascular disease risk score on a UK cohort of patients from general practice. de la Iglesia B, Potter JF, Poulter NR, Robins MM, Skinner J. Heart. 2011 97(6):491-9.
The contrasting epidemiology of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's) and microscopic polyangiitis. Watts RA, Mooney J, Skinner J, Scott DG, Macgregor AJ. Rheumatology 2012. [Epub ahead of print]

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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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