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Mr Leo Westbury BSc, MSc

Research Fellow / Medical Statistician

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I have worked as a statistician at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (University of Southampton) since 2013.

I studied Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath and then an MSc in Statistics at the University of Warwick.

My research focus is on the lifecourse epidemiology of musculoskeletal ageing. My role involves implementing statistical methods to explore determinants and examine health-related consequences of poor or declining musculoskeletal health in older age. In 2017, I started a PhD on this topic using data from participants of the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. Other research areas include: exploring determinants of bone microarchitecture in the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women; understanding risk factors for low physical performance, sarcopenia and osteoporosis in the Hertfordshire Cohort Study and the 1946 British Birth Cohort; and implementing complex statistical techniques to analyse change over multiple time-points.

My role also involves teaching within the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and disseminating research findings at national and international conferences. I have received Young Investigator Awards at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.



MSc (distinction), Statistics, University of Warwick, 2013

BSc (first class honours), Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, 2012


Appointments held

2013-present, Medical Statistician, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton


Research interests

  • Lifecourse epidemiology
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Ageing
  • Medical statistics
  • Multilevel modelling

Research projects

The Hertfordshire Cohort Study

Research group

Human Development and Health

Facilitate in the organisation and delivery of public engagement events such as the University of Southampton Science & Engineering Day and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study Open Day (part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research).

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Current teaching responsibilities

Lecturer for the following courses:

  • Understanding Basic Statistics 1 and 2 (BM4, Year 1)
  • Statistics and Presentation Development (Foundation Course in Clinical Research)
  • Statistical Genetics module (MATH6068) for the MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine

 Previous teaching responsibilities

  • Demonstrated the use of R, a statistical programming language, to colleagues
  • Given presentations on statistical methods and concepts at training events for early career researchers at the Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work
  • Supervised four dissertations from 2014-2017 (MSc Statistics and MSc Statistics with Applications in Medicine)
Mr Leo Westbury
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH//MP95

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