Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Researchers in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics group are currently working in the areas of applied health, society and social justice research. We have strong links with colleagues in other universities and with high-profile external networks in Scotland, across the United Kingdom and worldwide.

We are actively engaged in collaborations including those with the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), Cancer Research UK, the Cochrane Collaboration, European Public Health Association (EUPHA), Glasgow Commonwealth Games Research Partnership, Glasgow Social Statistics Study Group, NHS Physical Activity Health Alliance (PAHA), Network of Systematic Reviewers Ireland and Scotland (NetSIS), Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS), Radical Statistics Group, Scottish Centre of Evidence Based Care of Older People, Scottish Infection Research Network (SIRN), Scottish Policy Innovation Forum, Sedentary Behaviours International Taxonomy Group (SIT) and numerous expert groups and professional societies.

Our research group has access to innovative and cutting-edge techniques, some of which have not yet become mainstream, although they follow from a long and proven pedigree.

The research of GCU experts focuses on the epidemiology of blood-borne viruses – hepatitis (B and C) and HIV – and the quantitative understanding of lifestyle factors and interventions which influence the acquisition of infection and development of disease. The research is both methodological and applied, involves working with professionals from a wide-range of disciplines (addiction, epidemiology, genetics, health economics, health protection, hepatology, infectious diseases, general practice, mathematics, microbiology, nursing, public health, sociology, statistics, and virology) and spans activities including infectious disease modelling, novel record-linkage studies and evaluation of public health interventions. 

This group has an excellent track record in translating research into evidence-based public health policy and practice at the local, national and global level. The group works jointly with, and has been funded by, Health Protection Scotland since 2008 to undertake research and development activities on the epidemiology of BBVs (hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV) and inform decisions to improve BBV services across NHS Scotland, aligned to the Scottish Government’s Action Plan on Hepatitis C (2006-2011) and their Framework on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses (2011-2015).