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Professor Elaine Dennison MB BChir Cantab, MA, MSc, FRCP, PhD

Professor of Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology

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Professor Elaine Dennison is Professor of Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology within Medicine at the University of Southampton. Having worked as a Principal Investigator of the Hertfordshire Cohort Study for many years, her research interest centres around musculoskeletal aging, specifically osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Based at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, she is particularly interested in how events early in life interact with adult lifestyle factors to determine how we age.

Professor Dennison is author of over 150 journal articles on this subject. She chairs the National Osteoporosis Society Grants Committee, and is a member of the National Osteoporosis Society Clinical and Scientific Committee. Sit sits on the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of the Scientific Advisers, and chairs the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register Steering Committee. She is also an epidemiology representative for the EULAR Standing Committee and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Council.

As a clinical academic with a keen interest in clinical academic training, Professor Dennison leads the Southampton Academic Foundation training programme and is Training Programme Director for Wessex Rheumatology. She sits on the rheumatology SAC and is a member of the Southampton University Clinical Academic Training Committee.


MB BChir, Cambridge University (1990)
MSc, London University (1995)
PhD, Southampton University (2000)

Appointments held

Reader & Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, Southampton

Specialist Registrar & Senior Research Fellow, Southampton

Wellcome Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Southampton

Registrar in Medicine for the Elderly, Bournemouth

General Medical Rotation, Southampton






Research interests

Research Interests

The epidemiology of musculoskeletal disease, particularly those conditions common in later life (osteoporosis and osteoarthritis)

Research Projects

The Hertfordshire Cohort Study; incepted in 1998, a longitudinal cohort of 3000 men and women born in 1931-9 in Hertfordshire for whom birth records are available and who have participated in numerous studies of health in later life

The GLOW study; a multinational cohort of women >55 years who have been recruited to a study that investigates perception of osteoporosis risk, absolute risk and therapies for osteoporosis

Biobank; an investigation of the relationship between inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis risk

Academic unit(s)

Human Development and Health Academic Units

Affiliate academic unit(s)

Human development and physiology Research group

Postgraduate student supervision
Programme Director elect Wessex Rheumatology
Fellow Royal College of Physicians
Member IOF CSA
Member BRBR steering committee
Editorial Board DOHaD journal
Editorial board Open Bone journal
External examiner Oxford & Brighton Universities




Book Chapters


Teacher of BM5 students; third, fourth and fifth years

Tutor for MRCP Part 1 and PACES courses

Lecturer on Southampton/Cambridge annual epidemiology course

Professor Elaine Dennison
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number:SGH/MRC/MP95

Telephone:(023) 78-100
Facsimile:(023) 8070 4021

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