Richard Silverwood


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


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 927 2688

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.


Department of Medical Statistics


Statistical Methodology


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. [1]

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, and the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood.

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. [1, 2, 3]

iii) As part of the Economic and Social Research Council National Centre for Research Methods node 'PATHWAYS', exploring biosocial influences on health. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

v) Providing statistical support for the Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigenerational Study based at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet). [1, 2]

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. [1, 2, 3, 4]

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 Area
Child health
Statistical methods
Electronic health records
Physical activity
Genetic epidemiology
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Kidney disease
Skin disease
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Severe and predominantly active atopic eczema in adulthood and long term risk of cardiovascular disease: population based cohort study.
Silverwood, R.J. ; Forbes, H.J. ; Abuabara, K. ; Ascott, A. ; Schmidt, M. ; Schmidt, S.A.J. ; Smeeth, L. ; Langan, S.M. ;
Pathways between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Childhood Growth in the Scottish Longitudinal Study, 1991-2001.
Silverwood, R.J. ; Williamson, L. ; Grundy, E.M. ; De Stavola, B.L. ;
PLoS One
Life-Course Partnership Status and Biomarkers in Midlife: Evidence From the 1958 British Birth Cohort.
Ploubidis, G.B.; Silverwood, R.J.; DeStavola, B.; Grundy, E.;
Am J Public Health
Testing for non-linear causal effects using a binary genotype in a Mendelian randomization study: application to alcohol and cardiovascular traits.
Silverwood, R.J.; Holmes, M.V.; Dale, C.E.; Lawlor, D.A.; Whittaker, J.C.; Smith, G.D.; Leon, D.A.; Palmer, T.; Keating, B.J.; Zuccolo, L.; Casas, J.P.; Dudbridge, F.; Alcohol-ADH1B Consortium, .;
Int J Epidemiol
Association between Younger Age When First Overweight and Increased Risk for CKD.
Silverwood, R.J.; Pierce, M.; Thomas, C.; Hardy, R.; Ferro, C.; Sattar, N.; Whincup, P.; Savage, C.; Kuh, D.; Nitsch, D.; National Survey of Health and Development Scientific and Data Collection Teams, .;
J Am Soc Nephrol
BMI peak in infancy as a predictor for later BMI in the Uppsala Family Study.
Silverwood, R.J.; De Stavola, B.L.; Cole, T.J.; Leon, D.A.;
Int J Obes (Lond)
See all Richard Silverwood's Publications