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Dr Padraig Dixon

Dr Padraig Dixon

Dr Padraig Dixon
BA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil, DipFM

Research Fellow

Office BS9
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 33 13378


I hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship. This three-year programme of work (2017-2020) uses Mendelian Randomization to study the causal effect of obesity and coronary artery disease on healthcare costs and on quality of life.

I also have an interest in applied economic evaluations and related research undertaken alongside randomised controlled trials and in the context of observational research designs. 


I hold degrees in Economics from Trinity College Dublin (BA) and Nuffield College, Oxford (MPhil and DPhil), and in Health Economics from the University of York (MSc). I hold a diploma in Financial Management awarded by the ACCA.

Before joining the School, I worked for a number of years as an economic consultant in the private sector, advising regulators, governments and large corporates on the economic issues that arise in the regulation of network industries.   

Activities / Findings

I undertake applied economic evaluations and related research alongside randomised controlled trials and in the context of observational study designs. My portfolio of research includes the analysis of the cost-effectiveness of technology for the rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, the modelling of cardiovascular disease risk in a primary care context, and quality of life issues in eye disease. 



I lecture on Health Economics to Year 4 students of the MB ChB programme at the University of Bristol. I am also a lecturer and tutor on the School's 'Introduction to Economic Evaluation' short course. 

I have lectured to practising physicians as part of the 'Health Economics Leadership Management' programme, and to trainee psychiatrists on the appraisal of economic evaluations as part of the MRCPysch examinations. I was a tutor to undergraduate students of economics at the University of Oxford. 


  • Mendelian Randomization
  • economic evaluation
  • economic modelling
  • quality of life
  • RCTs

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