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Professor John Macleod
Professor John Macleod
Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care
MB,ChB(Liv), MSc(Lond), PhD(Birm), MRCGP, FRCGP
John’s main epidemiological research interests are the explanation and amelioration of health inequality with a particular focus on the role of factors acting in earlier life and the use of routine data in epidemiological research. Clinically his research has focused on the treatment of substance use in the community and on screening and treatment for Chlamydia in primary care.
He is a co-director of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children and leads a Wellcome Trust funded programme developing methods to follow-up population based cohorts through linkage to administrative health and social data.
John studied medicine in Liverpool after a first degree in Marine Biology. Following hospital jobs in Edinburgh he completed his vocational training in general practice at Muirhouse Medical Group in 1995. During this period he also worked as a medical officer for a primary care project run by and for street sex workers in Leith. Supported first by a Wellcome Trust clinical epidemiology training fellowship and later by a National Institute of Health Research Career Scientist award he has combined NHS service practice with academic teaching and research. He has an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD on the influence of psychological stress on social inequalities in heart disease from the University of Birmingham.
Activities / Findings
Since 1995 John has been involved in the follow up of a cohort of injection drug users recruited through Muirhouse Medical Group where he trained in General Practice. Recent findings from this study include confirmation that Opiate Substitution Therapy delivered in routine Primary Care effectively increases survival. The paper describing these findings was awarded "Paper of the Year" by the RCGP in 2011.
Kimber J, Copeland L, Hickman M, Macleod J, McKenzie J, De Angelis D, Robertson JR. Survival and cessation in injecting drug users: prospective observational study of outcomes and effect of opiate substitution treatment BMJ. 2010;341:c3172. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3172.PMID: 20595255
John teaches medical undergraduates across all years of the curriculum and also contributes to the School programme of postgraduate short courses. He is element lead for the fourth year course in Community Orientated Medical Practice (part 1) covering evidence based medicine, public health and child health.
- Health inequalities
- sexual health
- data linkage
- substance use
- Data linkage
- propsective observational studies
- Taylor, M, Sullivan, J, Ring, S, Macleod, J & Hickman, M, 2017, Assessment of rates of recanting and hair testing as a biological measure of drug use in a general population sample of young people. Addiction, vol 112., pp. 477?485
- Womack, J, Herieka, E, Gompels, M, Callaghan, S, Burt, E, Davies, CF, May, MT, O'Brien, N & Macleod, JAA, 2017, A novel strategy to reduce very late HIV diagnosis in high-prevalence areas in South-West England: serious incident audit. Journal of Public Health, vol 39., pp. 170-176
- Taylor, M, Lees, RJ, Henderson, G, Lingford-Hughes, AR, Macleod, JAA, Sullivan, J & Hickman, M, 2017, Comparison of cannabinoids in hair with self-reported cannabis consumption in heavy, light, and non- cannabis users. Drug and Alcohol Review, vol 36., pp. 220-226
- Roberts, KA, Macleod, J, Metcalfe, C, Simon, J, Horwood, J, Hollingworth, W, Marlowe, S, Gordon, FH, Muir, P, Coleman, B, Vickerman, P, Waldron, C-A, Irving, WL & Hickman, M, 2016, Hepatitis C – Assessment to Treatment Trial (HepCATT) in primary care: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials, vol 17.
- Cornish, R, John, A, Boyd, A, Tilling, K & Macleod, J, 2016, Defining adolescent common mental disorders using electronic primary care data: a comparison with outcomes measured using the CIS-R. BMJ Open, vol 6.
- Teyhan, A, Cornish, RP, Boyd, AW, Joshi, MS & Macleod, JAA, 2016, The impact of cycle proficiency training on cycle-related behaviours and accidents in adolescence: Findings from ALSPAC, a UK longitudinal cohort. BMC Public Health, vol 16.
- Mohiuddin, S, Reeves, B, Pufulete, M, Maishman, R, Dayer, M, Macleod, J, McDonagh, T, Purdy, S, Rogers, C & Hollingworth, W, 2016, Model-based cost-effectiveness analysis of B-type natriuretic peptide-guided care in patients with heart failure. BMJ Open, vol 6.
- Busse, H, Beattie, A, Kipping, R, Gunnell, D, Hickman, M, Macleod, J, Hollingworth, W, Berridge, D, Metcalfe, C, Spiers, S & Campbell, R, 2016, Evaluating youth mentoring for young people at risk of exclusion from secondary school: results from a feasibility randomised control trial study. in: Society for Social Medicine, 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of York, 14–16 September 2016. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, pp. A24
- Audrey, S, Brown, LV, Campbell, RM, Boyd, A & Macleod, JAA, 2016, Young people's views about consenting to data linkage: findings from the PEARL qualitative study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, vol 16.
- Teyhan, A, Cornish, RP, Boyd, AW, Macleod, JAA, Doerner, R & Joshi, MS, 2016, An evaluation of the impact of 'Lifeskills' training on road safety, substance use and hospital attendance in adolescence. Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol 86., pp. 108-113
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