Dr Mar Pujades Rodriguez

Dr Mar Pujades Rodriguez


I joined the University of Leeds after obtaining an Academic University Fellowship in 2015.

I trained in Medicine and Surgery in Spain and Belgium and worked as a physician, project coordinator and evaluator in an international charity for about five years. In 2000 I obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I worked as a Clinical Research Fellow. I then obtained a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Nottingham in 2008.

As a postdoctoral researcher, I worked for several years in Epicentre, a WHO collaborative centre funded by Medecins Sans Frontieres, where I coordinated the monitoring and research activities in Africa and Asia. Between 2012 and 2015 I worked as a Senior Research Associate in the London Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research at the University College London, where I led epidemiological cardiovascular research projects based on the use of linked electronic health records and registries.

I have experience in conducting a large number of collaborative clinical studies, including studies of treatment failure and resistance to first and second line antiretroviral therapy amongst people with HIV, and evaluations of public health interventions. I have extensive experience in the design and conduct of large bespoke-clinical studies as well as disease registry and electronic health record linkage cohort studies in both resource limited countries and in Europe. I have participated in WHO Guideline Development Group meetings for the public health response to HIV drug resistance and I am a member of several avisory groups, including the Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review Group, the College of Experts of Arthritis Research UK or the Outcomes Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Polymyalgia Rheumatica Working Group.

Research interests

My current research focuses on conducting pharmacoepidemiological and applied prognostic research to improve the care of people with chronic diseases, multimorbidity and frailty, and to reduce health inequalities. This includes the evaluation of harms and benefits of treatment to guide clinical practice and policy making, including the conduct of post-marketing drug studies. As part of this work, I am a member of Management Board of the Medical Research Council Treatment According to Response in Giant cEll arTeritis (TARGET) Partnership

I have also led and I am leading research to study antibiotic and antiviral resistance in order to optimise treatment of patients with infectious diseases in the UK and internationally.


  • PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Diploma of Clinical Research Associate for Clinical Trials
  • MSc in Epidemiology
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health
  • Licence in Medicine and Surgery

Professional memberships

  • UK Professional Standards Framework Fellow accredited by the Higher Education Academy
  • Office for National Statistics Accredited Researcher
  • Outcomes Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Polymyalgia Rheumatica Working Group
  • The Vasculitis Rare Disease Working Group of the UK and Ireland (UKIVas)
  • College of Experts of Arthritis Research UK
  • Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund Peer Review Group

Student education

I am an MD and a PhD supervisor. I am also a member of the Academic Management Group of the new British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD Programme in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. I am a lecturer and a practical tutor in several modules of the MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the MSc in Medical Informatics, as well as a tutor for medical undergraduate students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Cancer
  • Frailty and elderly care
  • Targets and therapies
  • Infection and antimicrobial resistance
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Mental health
  • Health Services Research Division
  • British Heart Foundation - Cardiovascular research
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