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Dr David Carslake

Dr David Carslake

Dr David Carslake
MA(Cantab.), MSc, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Office BG2
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 331 0192 ext 10192



I am a Population Ecologist by background, with a PhD on the spatial dynamics of wildlife infectious diseases (University of Liverpool, 1999-2003) and postdoc positions studying cyclic rodent populations (Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, France, 2004-5), size-structured population dynamics in laboratory water fleas (University of Exeter, 2006-8) and cattle disease transmission (University of Warwick, 2008-2010).

I came to Bristol in 2010 to work in the MRC Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology centre and now in its successor the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. I am a statistical epidemiologist with a particular focus on family linkage methods.

Activities / Findings

I am a statistical epidemiologist with a particular interest in the additional information that can be gained when we can link family members within large cohort studies. One major field of activity has been the application and development of instrumental variable methods, in particular the use of the exposure in a subject's family member as an instrument. Another is the likely effect of ongoing rises in the age at which people have children, on the health of those offspring. 


I teach on three short courses: Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Rates and Survival Analysis, and Advanced Rates and Survival Analysis. I am also a tutor on the Clinical Epidemiology course for first year Medicine students. 


  • Family linkage
  • Instrumental variables
  • Survival analysis
  • Sibling comparisons
  • Simulated data
  • Causality
  • BMI

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