Professor Gareth Jones

Professor Gareth Jones
Professor Gareth Jones

Professor Gareth Jones

BSc(Hons), MSc.Econ, PhD

Professor in Epidemiology


Epidemiology Group

Health Sciences Building, 1st floor

Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD, UK


Gareth is a non-clinical epidemiologist. He trained in epidemiology at the University of Manchester in the Arthritis Research Campaign (now Versus Arthritis) Epidemiology Unit. He moved to the University of Aberdeen in 2005.  He is currently Professor in Epidemiology, and deputy head of the Epidemiology Group.

Brief CV

List of publications

List of declarations / conflicts of interest


Research Overview

Gareth's research interests centre on the aetiology, outcome, and management of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, with a major focus on musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

He is Chief Investigator of the DyNAMISM study, a study investigating whether non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce the appearance of sacroiliac joint bone marrow oedema on MRI, in persons with spondyloarthritis; and the British Society for Rheumatology Psoriatic Arthritis Register (BSR-PsA).

He has published around 120 research papers, reviews, and book chapters.  See: list of publications.


Complex Regional Pain Network (CRPS) Network UK



Gareth is a member of the steering committee of CRPS Network UK - a collaboration that brings together academics and clinicians from across the UK to further the understanding and treatment of CRPS in both adults and children.  The Network has established a national CRPS Registry with a number of clinical centres contributing data.

Follow CRPS-UK on Twitter: @CrpsN 


Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

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Gareth is principal investigator in the Centre of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, funded by Versus Arthritis and the Medical Research Council.  Coordinated by the University of Southampton, the centre brings together different academic institutions across the UK, with interest and expertise in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease, and its relation to occupation.



British Society for SpondyloArthritis (BRITSpA)

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Gareth is an Executive Committee member of BRITSpA, the only UK-based organisation focused on the advancing knowledge and treatment of spondyloarthropathies - including (but not limited to) axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

Follow BritSpA on Twitter: @britspauk






As Chief Investigator of the British Society for Rheumatology Psoriatic Arthritis Register (BSR-PsA), and one of the lead investigators of the  British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Ankylosing Spondylitis (BSRBR-AS), Gareth is a member of the EuroSpA Research Collaboration a collaboration network of rheumatologists and scientists from 15 European countries that have spondyloarthritis and/or psoriatic arthritis registries.


Teaching Responsibilities

Postgraduate research students

I have recently supervised PhD students in a number of different areas, including: (i) Fatigue as a co-morbidity of musculoskeletal disease: aetiology and response to treatment; (ii) Epidemiology and outcome of ankylosing spondylitis; (iii) Methodological issues in epidemiological studies of musculoskeletal pain; (iv) Quality of life in ANCA-associated vasculitis; and (v) Epidemiology and outcome of distal arm pain.

For current PhD vacancies, please see here

Also, in recent years, I have supervised several MSc students, in areas such as: (i) Pregnancy outcomes in axial spondyloarthritis; (ii) The association between low birthweight / premature birth and adult chronic widespread pain; (iii) The reproducibility of pain manikins: a comparison of paper versus online questionnaires; and (iv) The effectiveness of activity promoting games (e.g. WiiFit) can reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.

University curriculum

Gareth lectures on the Epidemiology module of several Masters programmes at the university: (i) Masters of Public Health; (ii) MSc in Global Health and Management.  In addition he lectures in Epidemiology, as part of the PgCert in Research Methods for Health and is Epidemiology tutor for the MBChB Special Study Module in Population Health.

External courses

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Course coordinator and lecturer on the week-long Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology.  This course has been run in Aberdeen since 2007, having previously been run for around 15 years at the University of Manchester.  The course is always rated very highly, and delegates travel from all over the world, with recent attendees from as far afield as the Far East, South America and Australia.  For further details and / or to register for the current course please contact

The Epidemiology Group has strong links with the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Poland, and in 2013 held the first Intensive Course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Warsaw.  An abbreviated course was also held in Bucharest, in January 2018.