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      Research Statement

      My research aims are to monitor worldwide the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes in childhood and to identify environmental risk factors which, if modifiable, could provide opportunities for the prevention of this disease.

      I maintain the Northern Ireland Childhood Diabetes Register and am a co-ordinator of the EURODIAB collaboration of childhood diabetes registers. I have produced estimates for the number of children with type 1 diabetes worldwide for three editions of the International Diabetes Federation's Diabetes Atlas. I was a leader of the successful EURODIAB Substudy 2 case-control study of risk factors for childhood type 1 diabetes which, at the time it was conducted, was the largest such study of this disease and which identified many of its known environmental risk factors. Since then I have published several systematic reviews of early life risk factors for this disease.

      I have provided statistical support for both case-control and family-based genetic epidemiology studies within the School. This work has resulted in collaborations with the GRID study and the MIGen Consortium into the genetics of type 1 diabetes and coronary disease, respectively, and these collaborations have lead to co-authorship of several publications in journals with the highest impact factors.

      I have organised trial management and performed statistical analysis for several multicentre randomised controlled trials which have been lead by local investigators (CUROSURF4, OSECT, DAPIT).

      Frequent Journals

      • Diabetic Medicine

        ISSNs: 0742-3071

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5491


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.92 SJR 1.504 SNIP 1.35


      • Diabetologia

        ISSNs: 0012-186X

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1432-0428

        Springer Verlag

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 5.23 SJR 3.158 SNIP 1.732


      • Diabetes Care

        ISSNs: 0149-5992

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1935-5548

        American Diabetes Association Inc.

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 7.48 SJR 5.39 SNIP 3.693


      • Atherosclerosis

        ISSNs: 0021-9150

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-1484

        Elsevier Ireland Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.81 SJR 1.848 SNIP 1.302


      • Lancet

        ISSNs: 0140-6736

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1474-547X

        Elsevier Limited

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.93 SJR 12.467 SNIP 13.698


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