Professor Sir Richard Peto
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Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Co-Director, CTSU
- Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit
Sir Richard Peto, FRS, is currently Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, and co-director (with Professor Sir Rory Collins) of the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1989 for introducing meta-analyses of randomised trials, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1999 for services to epidemiology, and received in 2010 and 2011 the Cancer Research UK and the BMJ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Richard Peto, Rory Collins and others in the Oxford CTSU have, by their large randomised trials, large prospective studies and worldwide meta-analyses, increased substantially the estimated importance of blood lipids, blood pressure and smoking as causes of premature death. Peto has recently collaborated in major studies of alcohol in Russia and of malaria in Africa and India. His investigations into the worldwide health effects of smoking and benefits of stopping at particular ages have helped to communicate effectively the vast and growing burden of disease from tobacco use, have helped change national and international attitudes about smoking and public health, and have helped many smokers to stop. He was the first to describe clearly the future worldwide health effects of current smoking patterns, predicting one billion deaths from tobacco in the present century if current smoking patterns persist, as against 'only' 100 million in the 20th century.
Lung cancer in never smokers in the UK Million Women Study.
Pirie K. et al, (2016), Int J Cancer, 139, 347 - 354
Outdoor temperature, blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease mortality among 23 000 individuals with diagnosed cardiovascular diseases from China.
Yang L. et al, (2015), Eur Heart J, 36, 1178 - 1185
Menopausal hormone use and ovarian cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of 52 epidemiological studies.
Collaborative Group On Epidemiological Studies Of Ovarian Cancer None. et al, (2015), Lancet, 385, 1835 - 1842
Avoiding 40% of the premature deaths in each country, 2010-30: review of national mortality trends to help quantify the UN sustainable development goal for health.
Norheim OF. et al, (2015), Lancet, 385, 239 - 252
Prevalence and correlates of airflow obstruction in ∼317,000 never-smokers in China.
Smith M. et al, (2014), Eur Respir J, 44, 66 - 77