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Professor David Gunnell

Professor David Gunnell

Professor David Gunnell
MB,ChB, PhD(Bristol), FFPH, MRCGP, MFPHM, DSc, F Med Sci

Professor of Epidemiology

Office 3.11
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7253

Summary

Activities / Findings

Gunnell D, Lewis G, Hawton K, Heron J, Macleod J, Crane C, Tilling T, Davey Smith G. Self-harm with and without suicidal intent in adolescence: causes and consequences - the ALSPAC cohort. MRC Sept 2012-March 2014. £211,248

Gunnell D, Kidger J, Campbell R, Donovan J, Tilling K,  Hollingworth W, Araya R, Ford T, King M. Development of an Intervention to Improve Mental Health Support and Training for Secondary School Staff – A Feasibility Study and Pilot Cluster RCT. NIHR School for Public Health April 2012-March 2015. £443,000

Gunnell D, Hawton K, Kapur N, Donovan J, Potokar J, Hollingworth W, Lennon S, Davies R, Cooper J, Saunders K, Davies L, Metcalfe C, Longson D, Claydon D, O’Connor R. A multi-centre programme of clinical and public health research to guide health service priorities for preventing suicide in England NIHR 2012. April 2012-March 2017. £1,765,660

Gunnell D, Martin R, Windmeijer F and Metcalfe C. Medicines that may promote suicide: a pharmaco-epidemiological analysis of risk and risk assessment funded by MHRA Research Programme. 2010-2012. £99,552

Eddleston M, Gunnell D, Metcalfe C, Hawton K, Konradsen F, Dawson A, Jayamanne S, Wickremasinghe A. A community trial to determine whether 'Safe Storage' reduces pesticide self-poisoning in rural Asia. Wellcome 2010. 2010-2014. £783,000 (Bristol £25,000) 

Martin R, Donovan J, Davey Smith G, Palmer T, Lewis S, Holly J, Gunnell D. The causal role of the nutritionally regulated insulin-like growth factor system in prostate cancer: Mendelian randomization study. £224,387. 2012-2014

Dennis M, Lloyd K, Gunnell D, Platt S, Scourfield J, Huxley P, Jones P. An investigation of  the Bridgend Suicide Cluster Welsh Office R&D: £137,643. 2010-2011

Lewis, G, Zammit, S, Cannon, M, David, AS, Davey-Smith, G, Lewis, S, Wolke, D, Harrison, G, Gunnell, D, Heron, J, Jones, P, Peters, T. The aetiology of psychosis high risk states during adolescence in the ALSPAC cohort. Wellcome £895,960. June 2008 for 42 months.

Martin R, Donovan J, Davey Smith G, Palmer T, Lewis S, Holly J, Gunnell D. The causal role of the nutritionally regulated insulin-like growth factor system in prostate cancer: Mendelian randomization study. £224,387. 2012-2014

Gunnell D, Hawton K, Kapur N, Evans J, Donovan J, Margison F, O’Connor S, D Longson, Verne J, Bradley D. A multi-centre programme of clinical and public health research in support of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. Dept of Health 2007. £1,012,247. August 2007-December 2011 

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Suicide and Self-harm
  • Public Health Research
  • ALSPAC
  • Life-course
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Mental Illness
  • Population Health

Skills

  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Cancer Epidemiology

Methodologies

  • Natural Experiments
  • Case Control
  • Cross-sectional and Cohort Studies
  • Randomised Control Trials (RCTs)
  • Meta-analysis

Expertise

I have a long-standing research and policy interest in the epidemiology and prevention of suicide in the UK and internationally. I am a member of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group (England) and acted as an advisor to WHO on the World Suicide Report (2014) and several other policies, including their strategy to prevent suicide by pesticide ingestion. I am an NIHR Senior Investigator and lead a programme of research on economic and lifecourse influences on suicide and suicidal behaviour, suicide methods and the hospital management of self-harm from a UK and global perspective.

  • suicide epidemiology
  • mental health
  • lifecourse epidemiology
  • insulin-like growth factors
  • height and health
  • schizophrenia epidemiology
  • Selected publications

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    Recent publications

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    Networks & contacts

    • NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
    • SACTRC - South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (Sri Lanka)
    • NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Prof Vatten and colleagues)
    • Karolinska Institute (Sweden) (Profs Allebeck and Rasmussen and colleagues)
    • Centre for Suicide Research - University of Oxford (Prof Hawton)
    • Centre for Suicide Prevention - University of Manchester (Prof Kapur)
    • National Yang-Ming University (Taiwan) (Dr S-S Chang and Prof Y-Y Chen)
    • University of Edinburgh (Dr Eddleston)
    • University of Copenhagen (Prof Konradsen)

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