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Paul Appleby
Former senior statistician at The Cancer Epidemiology Unit (part of the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford)

Paul has degrees in mathematics (Warwick University, 1976) and mathematical statistics (Birmingham University, 1977). He joined the Cancer Epidemiology Unit full-time in October 1996, having previously worked part-time at the Clinical Trials Services Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) and other groups within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. He was responsible for the preparation and statistical analysis of data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Oxford cohort study as well as various collaborative analyses. Paul is an experienced Fortran and Stata statistical package programmer, and made extensive use of graph plotting subroutines. He has also developed a nutrient database based on “The Composition of Foods” and its supplements, which is used to estimate nutrient intakes from food frequency questionnaires or other food consumption data. He switched to part-time working in April 2015 and retired at the end of June 2020.

Paul is ideally placed to support our Health & Wellbeing research portfolio in his capacity as a former statistician working in epidemiology (with a particular interest and experience in long-term studies of the health of vegetarians and vegans).  Environment & Sustainability is also of personal interest, and has co-authored the following paper in this area:

Scarborough P, Appleby PN, Mizdrak A, Briggs AD, Travis RC, Bradbury KE, Key TJ. (2014) Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK. Climatic Change; doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1169-1.

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