MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study

Biographical Notes: Professor Rory Collins

University of Oxford

In 1985 Rory became co-director, with Professor Sir Richard Peto, of the University of Oxford's Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU). In 1996 he was appointed Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Oxford, supported by the British Heart Foundation. Since September 2005, he has also been acting as the Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of the UK Biobank prospective study of 0.5M British men and women aged 40-69. Rory's work has been in the establishment of large-scale epidemiological studies of the causes, prevention and treatment of heart attacks, other vascular disease, and cancer, while also being closely involved in developing approaches to the combination of results from related studies ("meta-analyses"). CTSU was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2006 for its research contributions to public health.