Richard Silverwood BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Statistics
Programme Director, MSc Medical Statistics
Co-Director, Centre for Statistical Methodology


Richard is a Medical Statistician and has been at the School since 2004, when he arrived to undertake a PhD. He works in the Department of Medical Statistics.




Richard is the Programme Director of the MSc in Medical Statistics.

He is the organiser and lecturer for the Robust Statistical Methods module and contributes to teaching on the modules Introduction to Statistical Computing and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology, as well as the short course Causal Inference in Epidemiology: Recent Methodological Developments.


Richard is currently working on a project investigating long-term severe non-dermatological outcomes in eczema using Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) data.

Richard's previous research projects include (most recent first):

i) As part of the Global Asthma Network, which was established in 2012 to improve asthma care globally, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, through enhanced surveillance, research collaboration, capacity building and access to quality-assured essential medicines.

ii) A Medical Research Council-funded project on optimising methods for measuring the effects of neighbourhood environments on diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol intake and cardiovascular risk in older people in the UK.

iii) As part of the Economic and Social Research Council National Centre for Research Methods node 'PATHWAYS', exploring biosocial influences on health.

iv) A Kidney Research UK-funded project exploring early and life course determinants of chronic kidney disease in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development.

v) Providing statistical support for the Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigenerational Study based at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet).

vi) A WHO and Unicef-funded project investigating and developing methods to quantify uncertainty in disease burden estimates.

Richard's PhD, under the supervision of Prof Bianca De Stavola, concerned issues in modelling growth data within a life course framework.

Richard is also the the Co-Director of the Centre for Statistical Methodology.

You can access most of Richard's publications via the School's repository, Research Online, here.

Research areas

  • Alcohol
  • Child health
  • Physical activity
  • Statistical methods


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity


  • World


  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
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