Dr Peter WG Tennant

Dr Peter WG Tennant

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I am a Health Data Scientist, focussed on adapting and translating new and emerging analytic methods into health and social science research


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CURRENT ROLES

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Causal inference
  • Reproductive Epidemiology
  • Longitudinal Epidemiology
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PUBLICATIONS

TOP FIVE MOST-CITED PUBLICATONS

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

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FUNDING AWARDS

RESEARCH AWARDS

  • Tomova G (Student), Gilthorpe MS, Harrison W, Tennant PWG (Lead Supervisor). (2019) Doctoral Scholarship: Evaluating the use of anthropometric composite variables for prediction and causal inference in cardio-metabolic research. The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Tennant PWG. (2018) Turing Fellowship: Improving the use and understanding of causal statistics in social science research. The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Salotti J, Tennant PWG, Windebank K, Rankin J. (2012) Histiocytic disorders in children with congenital anomalies; a population-based record linkage study. Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, £14,899
  • Tennant PWG, Glinianaia SV, Rankin J. (2011) Investigating the epidemiology of partial urorectal septum malformation sequence: a population-based study using data from the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers (BINOCAR). Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, £14,956
  • Pearce MS, Gibson GJ, Tennant PWG. (2008) Lifecourse predictors of respiratory function and the link to systemic inflammation: a follow-up at age 61 years. British Lung Foundation, £24,761
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OTHER FUNDING AWARDS

  • Gilthorpe MS, Tennant PWG. (2017) Bursaries funding for 2017 LIDA Summer School in Advanced Modelling Strategies for Robust Causal Inference with Observational Data. Society for Social Medicine, £3,441
  • Tennant PWG, Pearce A, Bhopal R, Mckee M, Lacey R, Leyland A, Clarke, A (2017) Funding for SSM one-day event on Health and Brexit. Health Foundation, £4,300
  • Bhala N, Goodman A, Tennant PWG (2012) Funding for inaugural SSM one-day pre-conference workshop for early career researchers. Medical Research Council, £3,500
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ESTEEM INDICATORS

PANEL & COMMITTEE POSITIONS

  • Alan Turing Institute, UK:                             
    • Causal Inference Interest Group (2019-: Lead)
  • Cancer Research UK, UK
    •  Epidemiology Expert Review Panel (2019-2021: Member)
  • Society for Epidemiological Research, USA
    • Education Committee (Member) (2019-: Member)
  • Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, UK and Ireland
    • Health & Brexit One-day Event Organising Committee (2016-2017: Member)
    • Executive Officers Committee (2016-2019: Honorary Secretary)
    • Main Committee (2012: Member, 2015-2019; Honorary Secretary)
    • Early Career Research Subcommittee (2012: Chair; 2011,2013: Member)
  • UK Reproducibility Network, UK:
    • University of Leeds Network Lead (2019-)
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DOCTORAL EVALUATION AND EXAMINATION

  • Sørbye LM. PhD thesis (2019). Maternal weight, weight change and perinatal outcomes: Can physical activity and gestational weight gain modify the risk? University of Bergan, Norway. First opponent.
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INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • 'Analyses of change: a causal inference perspective' at 'RSS Medical Section Session: 'Solutions to Causal Inference', University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (May 2019). Invited by RSS Medical Section, UK.
  • 'Causal inference in Epidemiology', Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (March 2019). Invited by Dr Sarah Floud. (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK) 
  • 'Causal inference' at 'ESRC White Rose: Advanced Quantitative Methods Taster Day', University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (January 2018). Invited by Dr Gwilym Pryce. (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
  • 'Analytical Challenges with N-of-1 Data' at UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Pre-Conference Workshop on 'Working Together to Advance Personalised Behavioural Medicine using N-of-1 Methods', University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (December 2017). Invited by Dr Nicki O'Brien (Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK)
  • 'Using N-of-1 data to inform design of personalised interventions: what can we learn from causal inference methods?' at 'How Can N-of-1 Methods Contribute to Health Psychology Research and Practice? Developing and Advancing Methods for Personalised Behaviour Change', Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (October 2017). Invited by Dr Suzanne McDonald (Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK).
  • 'Intention-to-tweet: Taking statistics to social media' at Burwalls Annual Meeting for Medical Statistics Lecturers, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK (June 2017). Invited by Dr Matthew Grainge (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK).
  • 'Introduction to Directed Acyclic Graphs' at Research Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark (May 2017). Invited by Prof Ellen Nohr (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, UK).
  • 'Obesity and diabetes in pregnancy and the risk of congenital anomalies' at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (January 2014). Invited by Dr Richard Feltbower (University of Leeds, Leeds, UK).
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INVITED SESSION CHAIR

  • Chair of 'Lifecourse early life' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (September 2017)
  • Chair of 'Lifecourse adult health' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (September 2017)
  • Chair of 'Trade Policy and Law' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine Health and Brexit one-day event, Wellcome Collection, London, UK (May 2017)
  • Chair of 'Robust Methods for Causal Inference with Observational Data' at Leeds Institute for Data Analytics Research Symposium, University of Leeds, UK (March 2017)
  • Chair of 'Pemberton' plenary session at Society for Social Medicine 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of York, York, UK (September 2016)
  • Chair of 'Maternal and Child Health' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of York, York, UK (September 2016)
  • Chair of afternoon session at Institute for Health and Society Annual Research Day, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (July 2013)
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EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

  • Alan Turing Institute - LIDA September School in ''Causal Inference with Observational Data". Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (09-13 September 2019).
  • Alan Turing Institute - LIDA Summer School in ''Causal Inference with Observational Data". Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (08-12 July 2019).
  • LIDA Summer School in ''Causal Inference with Observational Data: Challenges, Pitfalls, and Solutions". Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (09-13 July 2018).
  • LIDA-SSM Summer School in 'Advanced Modelling Strategies for Robust Causal Inference with Observational Data'. Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (16-20 July 2017).
  • SSM one-day event on, 'Health and Brexit'. Wellcome Trust Collection, London, UK. (18 May 2017).
  • SSM workshop on, 'Making an Impact with Your Research: Publish or Perish'. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. (12 September 2013).
  • SSM one-day event on 'Early Career Researchers in Social Medicine'. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. (11 September 2012)
  • SSM workshop on 'ECR showcase and networking'. Warwick University, Coventry, UK. (15 September 2011).
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PRIZES

  • Best Poster Presentation (Runner-up) at Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting (2013)
  • Highest Scoring Abstract (Shortlisted) at the Society for Social Medicine 56th Annual Scientific Meeting (2012)
  • Early career researcher bursary award to attend the Medical Research Council Population Health Methods and Challenges Conference (2012)
  • Young Investigator Award (Winner) for Best Poster Presentation at 19th International Epidemiology Association World Congress of Epidemiology (2011)
  • Young Investigator Award (Shortlisted) for Best Oral Presentation at 19th International Epidemiology Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (2011)
  • Best Oral Presentation (Runner-up) at Newcastle University Institute of Health & Society / Institute of Neuroscience Research Day (2011)
  • Highest Scoring Abstract (Winner) at the Society for Social Medicine 54th Annual Scientific Meeting (2010)
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STUDENT SUPERVISION

RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

  • Tomova G, lead supervisor. Evaluating the use of anthropometric composite variables for prediction and causal inference in cardio-metabolic research. PhD (Leeds Institute for Data Analytics) at University of Leeds and Alan Turing Institute. From October 2019.
  • Gadd S, secondary supervisor. Development and application of statistical methods for addressing the heterogeneity of data collection intervals common in longitudinal datasets. PhD (School of Geography) at University of Leeds. Current.
  • Alghamdi A, secondary supervisor. The Associations between Poor Sleep in Pregnancy and Obstetric, Perinatal and Neonatal Outcomes. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Graduated 2018.
  • Alfawaz R, secondary supervisor. Exploring the relationship between metabolic syndrome and sleep among adults in the UK. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
  • Al Afif N, secondary supervisor. Social, health, and lifestyle predictors of sleep during pregnancy. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
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TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

  • Philips R, secondary supervisor. Determining blood pressure treatment from frailty: A question of post-diction? MSc in Medical Statistics. Current.
  • Tomova G, lead supervisor. To what extent has routine adjustment for total energy intake biased the apparent effect of individual dietary components on health outcomes? MSc in Health Data Analytics at University of Leeds. Current.
  • Craig Z, lead supervisor. Is the association between gestational weight gain and pregnancy complications an artefact of mathematical coupling? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2018.
  • Eversfield C, secondary supervisor. Latent class modelling for stratification on mediators. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2018.
  • Hamoni R, lead supervisor. Could ‘collider-bias’ explain ethnic-specific differences in the risk of diabetes for a given body size? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2018.
  • Rosca A, lead supervisor. Birth by Caesarean section and the risk of asthma and eczema. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2018.
  • Celebi S, lead supervisor. Is the joint effect of ethnicity and Body Mass Index on the risk of type II diabetes an artefact of composite variable confounding? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
  • Illingworth L, secondary supervisor. A Randomised Controlled Crossover Trial of a Commercial Sleep Application (Sleep Cycle) using: an unmasked control and a sham application. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
  • Raza F, secondary supervisor. Maternal age and the risk of structural congenital anomalies. MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research at Newcastle University. Graduated 2009.
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STUDENT EDUCATION

PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP

  • Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Health Data Analytics, University of Leeds (2018-)
  • Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Leeds (2017-2019)
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MODULE LEADERSHIP

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LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND ASSESSMENT

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ENGAGEMENT AND MEDIA ACTIVITIES

PRESS CONTRIBUTIONS

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BLOG CONTRIBUTIONS

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YOUTUBE PRESENTATIONS

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TWITTER PROFILE

  • @PWGTennant (5000+ followers)
    • Named on 100+ lists with titles including, 'Epidemiology', 'Population health', 'Methodology', 'Higher Education', and 'Science communication'.
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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • 'Eight Minutes of Avoidance'. Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 26 November, 2013.
    • Stand-up comedy set delivered as part of 'Bright Club' public engagement event to ≈150 paying members of the public at a popular comedy club. The YouTube recording has over 500 views.
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