Prof William Dixon

Chair in Digital Epidemiology

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Will is a Professor of Digital Epidemiology, Director of the Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis at the University of Manchester and an honorary consultant rheumatologist at Salford Royal Hospital, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Turing Fellow and co-Director for the International Centre for Translational Research in Digital Health across the Universities of Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto. 

His research aims to address clinically important questions by analysing data from patient populations, with particular focus on digital health data. This includes the analysis of electronic health record data from GP surgeries and from hospitals (for example, examining the safety of drugs used in rheumatology) and the collection and analysis of data direct from patients using smartphones and wearables. Examples of innovative digital health research include Cloudy with a Chance of Pain, REMORA (Remote Monitoring of RA) and Assembling the Data Jigsaw.

Will is a member of MRC's Population and Systems Medicine Board and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for Our Future Health.



  • BSc (Physiology), The University of London, 1995
  • MBBS, The University of London, 1997
  • MRCP 2002
  • MSc (Clinical Rheumatology), The University of Manchester, 2004
  • PhD, The University of Manchester, 2008
  • MSc (Pharmacoepidemiology), McGill University, Montreal, 2011

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Fellow, Alan Turing Instutute
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • Founding Fellow, Faculty of Clinical Informatics
  • International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Royal College of Physicians

External positions

Scientific Advisory Board Chair, Our Future Health

Apr 2021 → …

Population & Systems Medicine Board (PSMB) Member, Medical Research Council (MRC)

1 Apr 2020 → …

External Examiner, Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Jul 2016Jul 2021

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Epidemiology , Digital epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Rheumatology, Arthritis, Drug safety, mHealth, eHealth

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