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Professor Paul Roderick MA, MBBS, MSc, MD, MRCP, MFPHM, FRCP, FFPH

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Professor Paul Roderick is Professor of Public Health within Medicine at the University of Southampton.


Professor Paul Roderick qualified in Medicine from Cambridge and London Universities, and initially pursued postgraduate training in clinical medicine. He then undertook public health training in the North West Thames Region London, combining service with academic training at the MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit. He has been a public health academic at the University of Southampton since 1993, and was promoted to a personal chair of Public Health in 2007.

He has diverse research interests embracing clinical epidemiology, health services research and public health. He has over 250 peer reviewed publications, has supervised to completion 15 PhDs/MDs and has substantial grant income from a wide variety of sources including NIHR and KRUK.

A longstanding research focus has been on chronic kidney disease (CKD) where his research has addressed the epidemiology of CKD including its prevalence and prognosis in older people, and the effectiveness and equity of renal replacement therapy. He has been a member of the NICE Guidelines Committee for chronic kidney disease, and is a member of the international CKD Prognosis Consortium. Current interests include the impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) and evaluation of AKI prevention strategies, and the challenge of multimorbidity.

Other research has focused on the epidemiology of chronic liver disease, preventing alcohol related harm, health inequalities and school based health promotion.

He led the Primary Care and Population Sciences, one of the five schools in the Faculty of Medicine from 2010 until 2015. He co-directs a cross University Population Health Strategic Research (USRG) group. He is a member of the Steering Group of the NIHR Wessex CLARHC.

He has been very active in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional public health training. He has been external examiner to several MScs in Public Health.



MA, Medical Sciences Tripos, St John’s College Cambridge (awarded 1982).

MBBS, the London Hospital Medical College, University of London (1982)

MSc, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (1989)

MD, University of Southampton, 2004


MRCP, London (1985)

MFPHM, London (1989)

FRCP, London (1998)

FFPH, London (1998)



Research interests


His research on chronic kidney disease is highly relevant to developing equitable and effective kidney disease services. He has shown that there are no social inequalities in the outcomes of dialysis but that there is an inverse socio-economic gradient of CKD; that reduced kidney function is of clinical significance in older people (a study contributing to recent meta-analyses published in the Lancet and JAMA by the CKD Prognosis Collaboration); and survival on dialysis is better in ethnic minorities. Recent research includes studies on the prevalence and determinants of CKD using Health Surveys for England, practice patterns for conservative kidney management as an alternative to dialysis (NIHR funded), equity of access to the kidney transplant waiting list (NIHR funded), detection and prevention of AKI (Wessex CLAHRC, member national Think Kidneys Risk workstream) and multimorbidity in CKD.

He was a member of Editorial team of Cochrane Collaboration Renal Group 2000-2008 which produces systematic reviews of trials in renal medicine; and has been a member of the UK Renal Registry (UKRR) Steering Group since its inception until 2012, and now sits on the UKRR Research sub group. He was an invited participant at KDIGO international consensus conferences on CKD in Amsterdam 2006 and London 2009 and is a member of the international CKD Prognosis Collaboration. He has been external examiner for 6 overseas PhDs in kidney disease epidemiology. He was a member of the Department of Health's Renal National Services Framework (NSF) Group and of three major national kidney guideline groups: RCP/RCGP and NICE groups on anaemia correction in CKD and on CKD management. He gave public health advice nationally as a member of the Department of Health's Renal Advisory Group since 2004 -12 to ensure implementation of the Renal NSF, including advice on initiatives such as a new planning model for RRT services, CKD aspects of the Vascular Risk Assessment Programme, measurement of kidney function in the 2009/2010 Health Surveys for England, and renal health inequalities. He was a member of the National Kidney Quality Information Partnership 2009 -12. He was an advisor to the NCEPOD Acute Kidney Injury study (2007/9).

He has undertaken research into the diagnostic and prognostic accuracy of non invasive markers of liver disease and the epidemiology of abnormal liver function tests, and treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (Stopah trial) and recently completed studies of the detection of alcohol related harm in primary care (RfPB, co-investigator on BLT funded follow-on study), and brief intervention to reduce alcohol related harm in a genito-urinary medicine clinic (RfPB).

Ongoing research is also addressing the health of community offenders and the accessibility and effectiveness of health services for this group, the impact of teacher training on health promotion in schools (NIHR funded), the importance of health literacy and chronic disease management and the use of linked datasets for evaluating health care (Hampshire Health Record) and multimorbidity and global health.


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Paul Roderick's Inaugural Lecture from 3 July 2013 can be viewed online here.


Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate Department(s)

Population Health Sciences Research group

Research project(s)

ATTACK: Aspirin to target arterial events in Chronic Kidney Disease

ATTOM Access to Transplantation and Transplant Outcome Measures

HHRCKD Hampshire Health Record Chronic Kidney Disease study

The Hampshire Acute Kidney Injury Study

Understanding treatment burden and enhancing capacity for older people with chronic kidney disease

This study is exploring people’s experience of managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) - a common long-term condition affecting about a third of older people in the UK.

Faculty of Medicine

Head of Primary Care and Population Sciences 2010-15

Co-ordinator of undergraduate teaching in public health/clinical epidemiology BM

National responsibilities

NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS+DR) Board 2009-ongoing

Renal Advisory Board, Department of Health 2004-12

HQIP National Audits Tender Evaluation Group 2010-ongoing

Steering group UK Renal Registry 1995-2012, Research group 2014-ongoing

NICE Guidance Committee on chronic kidney disease 2012-14

Faculty of Public Health NCD Advisory Group 2014-ongoing



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Co-ordinator of public health teaching to University of Southampton BM5 medical students 2006-2012 and 2018-ongoing. Recently introduced new teaching on global health and helped develop health research module of 4th year B Med Sci.

Contributor to MSc in Public Health Nutrition University of Southampton 2007-11, co-ordination of Epidemiology module of MSc in Public Health Practice at School of Health Sciences University of Southampton 2007-11. He helped develop new Masters in Public Health which started in 2013.

He also contributes to Part A training.


Extensive experience of PhD and MD supervision and external examining. Ongoing supervisor to 5 PhDs and 3 MD.



Professor Paul Roderick
Level C, South Academic Block Primary Care and Population Sciences Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD Tel: 02381 206530

Room Number: SGH/AC19/MP805

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