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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. 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 220 journal articles on this subject.

As a clinical academic with a keen interest in clinical academic training, Professor Dennison was appointed as Director of the Southampton Clinical Academic Training Scheme in 2018; formerly she led the Southampton Academic Foundation training programme and has served as Training Programme Director for Wessex Rheumatology for 5 years. She sits on the rheumatology SAC as the Academic representative.

In the last 5 years she has served as Chair of the National Osteoporosis Society Grants Committee, and as a member of the National Osteoporosis Society Clinical and Scientific Committee. She sits on the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of the Scientific Advisers, and chairs the British Society of Rheumatology Biologics Register Steering Committee. She is a clinical member of the Bone Research Society Committee (appointed 2018). Professor Dennison sits on many editorial boards, including Osteoporosis International and Journal of Developmental Health and Adult Disease.


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

Research group

Human Development and Health

Affiliate research group

Human Development and Physiology

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

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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, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH/MRC/MP95

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