Dr Darren C Greenwood

Dr Darren C Greenwood


Darren Greenwood studied mathematics at the University of Southampton, before moving to Leicester to specialise in medical statistics. He initially worked in Nottingham with cardiovascular trial data, initiating a study of knee injury and osteoarthritis, and running a trial of grommets for glue ear. In 1996 he took a position of Lecturer in Medical Statistics in Leeds, and headed up Leeds University's fledgeling medical statistics group in the School of Medicine. He completed his PhD somewhat late in life, on the topic of measurement error in epidemiological exposures, and took the position of Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics in 2007.

He has developed and applied statistical methods to a range of clinical areas, including cardiometabolic outcomes, nutrition epidemiology and perinatal epidemiology. He has designed and had statistical oversight of a number of randomized controlled trials of complex interventions, including cluster randomized trials of diet and obesity. Darren has contributed statistical expertise to a number of meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials and of observational studies and is expert statistical advisor to the World Cancer Research Fund Continuous Update Project. His recent work has involved the application of methods to "big data". 

Darren has sat on the Editorial Board for a number of journals including British Journal of Nutrition, BMC Medicine and the International Journal of Obesity. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), providing independent scientific advice on nutrition and related health matters to Public Health England and other UK government organisations. He is a member of the Joint SACN - NHS England - Diabetes UK working group to review the evidence on lower carbohydrate diets and the SACN maternal health working group. He is currently the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology.


  • Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Deputy Programme Lead, MSc in Health Data Analytics

Research interests

Darren's research interests include the development and application of statistical methods for advancing epidemiological research. He specialises in hierarchical modelling with a focus on perinatal & nutrition epidemiology & on meta-analysis. He also has expertise in design and analysis of cluster randomized trials and of individual participant data meta-analysis, which pose similar challenges.


  • PhD Biostatistics and epidemiology
  • MSc Medical statistics
  • BSc Mathematics
  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Student education

Darren currently teaches on the MSc in Health Research (MEDR5320M twice a year, MEDR5120M twice a year, MEDR5130M twice a year, MEDR5145M once a year), MSc in Clinical Research, MSc in Health Data Analytics (EPIB5025M), MSc in Child Health (CPCH5007M), and undergraduate medicine MbChB (RESS2 and RESS3 research methods).

Darren currently supervises seven PhD students across three Faculties.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Clinical and Population Science
  • Populations
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