Neil Pearce BSc DipSci DipORS PhD DSc FRSNZ FMedSci FFPH

Head of Department and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


I joined the LSHTM at the beginning of 2011, after working in New Zealand for the last 30 years. I originally trained in biostatistics, before moving over to do a PhD in epidemiological methods. Since the completion of my PhD in epidemiology in 1985 I have been engaged in a wide range of public health research activities. In 1988 I co-founded the Wellington Asthma Research Group (WARG) at the Wellington School of Medicine. In 2000 I established the Massey University Centre for Public Health Research. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSCi) and am currently Past-President of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA).




I currently teach epidemiology, biostatistics and public health courses at the LSHTM. I also teach at the annual European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE) summer course (, and on various IEA courses in developing countries (


I have a broad range of research interests with a common theme of applied epidemiological and biostatistical methods, particularly methods of study design and data analysis for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In terms of substantive research, during 1980-1988 my main research interest was in occupational epidemiology, and during this time I co-authored the leading textbook of occupational epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 1989. During the 1990s, at the Wellington Asthma Research group, I conducted a wide range of research projects including the identification of the role of the asthma drug fenoterol in the New Zealand asthma mortality epidemic, studies of the management of asthma in the community, and more recently studies of the causes of the increases in asthma prevalence in New Zealand and worldwide. I co-authored a textbook of asthma epidemiology which was published by Oxford University Press in 1998. During my ten years at the Massey University Centre for Public Health Research, we conducted a wide range of public health research including respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, Maori health, Pacific health and occupational and environmental health research. My current research interests focus on epidemiological and biostatistical methods, and their application to studies of neurological disease, occupational and environmental health, asthma, cancer, and health inequalities.

Research areas

  • Environment
  • Health inequalities
  • Occupational health
  • Statistical methods


  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Neurological disease
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
  • Euro area
  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • European Union
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
  • Pacific island small states
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World

Other interests

  • Neuroepidemiology
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