Dr Gordon Prescott

Dr Gordon Prescott
BSc MSc PhD CStat

Senior Lecturer

Overview
Dr Gordon Prescott
Dr Gordon Prescott

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen 1:005 Polwarth Building

Biography

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1993 (BSc Mathematics) and the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1994 (MSc Statistics). I completed a PhD in 2005 while working at the University of Aberdeen: A Bayesian approach to epidemiological studies with misclassification in a binary risk factor.

I worked at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh as a Statistician from 1994-1996. I moved to the Department of Public Health Sciences at Edinburgh University where I was a research assistant on the study of cardio-respiratory ill health and urban air pollution in Edinburgh until June 1998. The first part of this study used time series modelling to investigate short-term variations in emergency admissions and deaths from cardiovascular or respiratory causes in relation to daily fluctuations in air pollution measurements. The second part was a more detailed study of a cohort of elderly people to see if the health of those with known indicators of poor cardiovascular health was more likely to be affected by higher levels of particulate pollution.

I joined the Department of Public Health as a Statistician in 1998 and became a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics in 2004. My work involves the application of statistical methods to medical research questions, the development of statistical methodology and the training of health care professionals. My research includes diagnostic testing, predictive modelling and non-drug randomised clinical trials. My work is often in clinical areas of chronic disease, renal disease, diabetic retinal screening and obstetrics and gynaecology.

I jointly coordinate the Applied Statistics course (PU5017) which forms part of a number of MSc programmes within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences.

Research

Research Interests

My areas of medical interest include reproductive and cardiovascular health, renal disease and retinal screening. My PhD was on statistical methods to address recall bias in both case-control and cohort studies. I have an interest in diagnostic testing, medical screening and prognostic modelling.

Current Research

Statistical methods

  • Survival analysis, primarily in renal disease.
  • Mixed models applied in medicine.
  • Bayesian statistical methods.
  • Diagnostic modelling.
  • Prognostic modelling.

Collaborations

Projects/areas of study

  • Improving the management of chronic kidney disease in Scotland. Dr Corri Black, Chronic Disease Research Group.
  • Automated assessment of diabetic retinopathy in retinal screening. Dr J Olson, Ophthalmology.
  • Maintaining musculoskeletal health. Prof G Macfarlane, Epidemiology.
  • The prediction of short term pregnancy outcomes from risk factors identified during pregnancy and at hospital admission in women with preeclampsia. Sheidu Sadiku and Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya, Dugald Baird Centre.
  • Medical and dental education. ProF J Cleland, Centre for Health Education Research and Innovation.

Research Grants

Grants as Co-applicant:

2017-2017 UKCAT, Exploring whether graduate applicants and graduate entry programmes widen access to medical and dental education. Principal investigator: Cleland J

2015-2019 Arthritis Research UK, Maintaining musculoskeletal health (MAMMOTH) study. Principal investigator: Macfarlane G

2015-2017 UKCAT, Evaluation of the relationship between medical school adminssions data, demographics and ukcat performance with ukfpo performance in the 2013 and 2014 medical graduating cohorts. Principal investigator: Cleland J

2015-2016 DHI, Moletest study. A hospital-based study of a novel photographic image analysis system to discriminate benign pigmented skin lesions from those considered suspect of melanoma. Principal investigator: Prescott GJ & Lee AJ

2014-2016 Wellcome Trust, Long term outcomes of acute kidney injury - establishing prognosis to design optimal management Principal investigator: Sawhney S

2014-2015 NHS Grampian Endowments Renal bone disease: the effect of renal impairment on orthopaedic related morbidity and mortality. Principal investigator: Marks H

2012 – 2014 Chief Scientist Office, Can automated analysis of sequential retinal images of people attending diabetic retinopathy screening predict future referral to ophthalmology? Principal investigator: Philip S

2011 – 2013 Chief Scientist Office, Clinical decision making in chronic kidney disease: A record linkage cohort study to develop tools to support patients, clinical staff and service planners. Principal investigator: Black C

2011 – 2012 Chief Scientist Office, The contribution of automated retinopathy grading to predicting 5-year cardiovascular disease risk in people with diabetes in Scotland. Principal investigator: Fleming AD / Prescott GJ

2011 – 2012 Chief Scientist Office. Long term effects of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia on renal function. Principal investigator: Bhattacharya S

2011 – 2012 Acergy UK Limited, Longitudinal health assessment in Norwegian divers. Principal investigator: Ross J

2008-2012 Chief Scientist Office, The impact of photographic markers of macular oedema, assessed by optical coherence tomography, on referrals to opthalmology from diabetic retinopathy screening programmes. Principal investigator: Olson JA

2007-2010 Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) clinical trial, Managing unexplained symptoms (chronic widespread pain) in primary care: involving traditional and accessible new approaches. Principal investigator: Macfarlane GJ

2005-2006, Chief Scientist Office, (CZG/2/202) A scoring system to allow early recognition and intervention of critical illness in acute medical admissions in a medical admissions and respiratory unit environment. Principal investigator: Cuthbertson B

2005-2006, Kidney Research UK, (RP30/2/04) Renal Failure: Epidemiology and Outcomes. Principal investigator: Ali T

2005-2007, Chief Scientist Office, (CZH/4/316) The role of automated level-two grading within the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Collaborative Network. Principal investigator: Olson J

2005-2006, Chief Scientist Office, (CZG/2/239) Acute Renal Failure: Epidemiology and Outcomes. Principal investigator: Ali T

2005-2005, Chief Scientist Office, (CZG/2/158) A scoring system to allow early recognition and intervention of critical illness in the surgical high-dependency unit environment. Principal investigator: Cuthbertson B

2004-2007, British Heart Foundation, (PG/04/049) The utility of B-type natriuretic peptide in predicting the level of peri-and post-operative cardiovascular support required after coronary artery bypass grafting. Principal investigator: Cuthbertson B

2003-2005, Chief Scientist Office, (CZH/4/76) The role of automated diabetic retinopathy in a primary care screening programme. Principal investigator: Olson J

2000-2001, British Lung Foundation, (P99/12) Symptoms, peak flow rate and personal exposure to particulate air pollution in patients with chronic lung disease. Principal investigator: Anthony Seaton. Principal investigator: Seaton A

Funds Directly Generated:

1998-2009          Scottish Renal Registry

MOLETEST STUDY. A HOSPITAL-BASED STUDY OF A NOVEL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE ANALYSIS SYSTEM TO DISCRIMINATE BENIGN PIGMENTED SKIN LESIONS FROM THOSE CONSIDERED SUSPECT OF MELANOMA.

Prescott, G. J. & Lee, A. J.

1/03/15 → 31/08/16

SF10172, £50,155, DIGITAL HEALTH INSTITUTE

Project: Funded Project › Contract project

 

EVALUATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMINSSIONS DATA, DEMOGRAPHICS AND UKCAT PERFORMANCE WITH UKFPO PERFORMANCE IN THE 2013 AND 2014 MEDICAL GRADUATING COHORTS.

Prescott, G. J., Ayansina, D. T., Cleland, J. & Cleland, J.

1/12/15 → 30/04/17

RG13309, £9,274, UKCAT

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

EXPLORING WHETHER GRADUATE APPLICANTS AND GRADUATE ENTRY PROGRAMMES WIDEN ACCESS TO MEDICAL AND DENTAL EDUCATION.

Prescott, G. J., Cleland, J. & Cleland, J.

1/01/17 → 30/04/17

RG13307, £9,821, UKCAT

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

MAINTAINING MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH (MAMMOTH) STUDY

Hannaford, P. C., McNamee, P., Jones, G., Prescott, G. J., Basu, N. & Macfarlane, G.

1/05/15 → 31/10/19

RG12973, £809,403, ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

RENAL BONE DISEASE: THE EFFECT OF RENAL IMPAIRMENT ON ORTHOPAEDIC RELATED MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY

Gordon, S. A., Prescott, G. J., Black, C., Robertson, L. M. & Marks, A.

1/08/14 → 31/07/15

RG11926, £8,244, NHS GRAMPIAN ENDOWMENTS

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

(TRAINING FELLOWSHIP - DR SIMON SAWHNEY) LONG TERM OUTCOMES OF ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY - ESTABLISHING PROGNOSIS TO DESIGN OPTIMAL MANAGEMENT

Prescott, G. J., Black, C., Marks, A. & Sawhney, S.

1/01/14 → 31/12/16

RGB4467, £203,611, WELLCOME TRUST

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

CAN AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF SEQUENTIAL RETINAL IMAGES OF PEOPLE ATTENDING DIABETIC RETINOPATHY SCREENING PREDICT FUTURE REFERRAL TO OPHTHALMOLOGY?

Prescott, G. J.

1/12/15 → 7/03/16

RGC2275, £179,617, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT - CHIEF SCIENTIST OFFICE

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

LONG TERM EFFECTS OF GESTATIONAL HYPERTENSION AND PRE-ECLAMPSIA ON RENAL FUNCTION

Prescott, G. J., Black, C., Marks, A. & Bhattacharya, S.

1/07/11 → 30/06/12

RGC2190, £93,603, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT - CHIEF SCIENTIST OFFICE

Project: Funded Project › Outline project

 

THE VALUE OF AUTOMATED GRADING OF RETINOPATHY TO PREDICT 5-YEAR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK IN PEOPLE WITH DIABETES IN SCOTLAND

Prescott, G. J.

1/08/11 → 31/03/12

RGC2187, £25,922, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT - CHIEF SCIENTIST OFFICE

Project: Funded Project › Grant project

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

 Teaching:

 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Coordinator of the teaching of medical statistics by the Medical Statistics Team.
  • Course coordinator and lecturer of the Applied Statistics course - a unit of MSc programmes of study in Public Health and Health Services Research, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Clinical Pharmacology, International Health and Management, Genetic Immunology and Medical Molecular Genetics (2004-present).
  • Supervisor of MSc dissertations (1999-present) and PhD theses (2006-present).
  • Statistics tutor on the Diploma and Part 1 Examination of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (2001-2013). 
  • Lecturer on the Introduction to Statistics course for all new PhD students (1998-2001, 2004, and 2007-present).

 

Further Info

External Responsibilities

NIHR Ophthalmic Statisticians Group member (2016 - present)

Royal Statistical Society Medical Section Committee Member (2010-2015) and Meetings secretary (2013-2015).

Committee member of the Highland Branch of the Royal Statistical Society (2000 - present) 

Chair of the Highland Branch of the Royal Statistical Society (2007 - 2012)

Statistical referee for: the Lancet, the British Journal of Health Promotion, the British Journal of General Practice, Occupational Medicine

Admin Responsibilities

Chair of the Research Governance and Quality Assurance committee of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (2012-present)

Member of NHS Grampian and University of Aberdeen Clinical Research Observational Group (CROG) (2010 - present)

Council member of the College Council of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine (2009-2014)

Member of College of Life Sciences and Medicine Ethics Review Board (2008-2010)

Committee member and statistical advisor to the University of Aberdeen Transparency Review Working Group (2002-2003)

Chair of the Foresterhill Statisticians' Group (2000-2003)

 

Publications

Publications 

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