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Richard Martin

Richard MartinRichard Martin

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

I am currently Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. I qualified in Medicine from the University of Nottingham and initially trained and worked as a GP.  After doing an MSc in Epidemiology, I moved to Bristol to take up a Lecturer post and then a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology, and have worked at the School of Social and Community Medicine ever since. My current principal areas of research are: i) prostate cancer aetiology (with a focus on metabolic factors such as the IGF system), predicting its progression and secondary and tertiary prevention of the disease via population-based screening and low-toxicity nutritional and lifestyle interventions; ii) the short- and long-term child and adult health effects of breastfeeding and early growth; and iii) uncovering unexpected beneficial and adverse effects of commonly prescribed drugs through pharmaco-epidemiological studies based on automated clinical databases such as the UK GPRD.  I am lead principal investigator (with Jenny Donovan, Freddie Hamdy and David Neal) on a population-based cluster randomised controlled trial of PSA testing for prostate cancer (the CAP trial) that involves over 430,000 UK men and co-principal investigator (with Mike Kramer and Emily Oken) on the long-term follow-up of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a breastfeeding promotion intervention that involves over 17,000 children in the Republic of Belarus (the PROBIT trial). I am on the executive committee of the Bristol Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle including Obesity (awarded to the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust) and lead the prostate cancer theme within this unit.

Telephone : + 44 117 928 7321
Email : richard.martin@bristol.ac.uk