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Professor Peter S BlairB.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc.(Leic.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of Epidemiology and Statistics

Pete Blair

Professor Peter S BlairB.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc.(Leic.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of Epidemiology and Statistics

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Research interests

In the last two decades the number of cot deaths, also known as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has plummeted in the UK (from over 1400 deaths to less than 300 a year), an 80% decrease due in no small part to the epidemiological studies conducted at the UoB. Stemming from this work my research interests include i) safe infant care practices ii) infant and child growth iii) childhood sleep iv) infant and childhood injuries and v) infant and childhood illness (in particular Respiratory Tract Infections) as well as involvement in translational work to ensure public health advice is evidence based. Future intended work includes studies to look at potential causal pathways of the remaining SIDS deaths, collecting evidence of the best way to deliver advice to high risk families and trial interventions to reduce antibiotic consumption in children. I have experience of several trial designs (case-control, cohort studies, larger programmes, confidential inquiries and RCTs) and run the short course in Basic Epidemiology at the SSCM. I am also currently a consultant methodologist for both the Bristol Randomised Trial Collaboration (BRTC) Unit and the NIHR Research Design Services (RDS), deputy chair of ISPID (International Society for the study and prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death) and scientific advisor to UNICEF UK.

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Level D
St Michael's Hospital
Southwell Street
Bristol
United Kingdom