DM FRCP FFPH FinstMed FRS
of Epidemiology (Emeritus)
Tom Meade qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1960. After house and registrar appointments at Barts and in Oxford, he spent a year at the Schieffelin Leprosy Research Sanatorium in South India on clinical and epidemiological aspects of leprosy. In 1970, he was appointed Director of the MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit which was responsible for a range of biomedical and health service research topics. His main personal interest has been the role of the coagulation system in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD), approached through epidemiological studies of the association of clotting factors with CHD and through clinical trials of antithrombotic measures. It was for this work that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1996.
On the health services research side, the Unit made original and significant contributions on unglamorous, but important and previously neglected topics such as incontinence, low back pain, alcohol abuse and disability.
On his retirement, from the MRC in 2001, Tom Meade transferred to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as Emeritus Professor where he has continued to work on cardiovascular disease.
Role of coagulation system in thrombotic component of coronary heart disease. Trials of antithrombotic agents. Infection and coronary heart disease.