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Well-wishers from DPUK and beyond came together to celebrate the career of eminent epidemiologist Professor Peter Elwood.

Group photo of attendees at the event in celebration of Prof Peter Elwood

Professor Elwood spent more than 20 years leading the MRC Epidemiological Unit in South Wales, succeeding Archie Cochrane, and is best known for his work on aspirin as a preventative for heart attack and stroke.

Friends and colleagues shared their memories of working with Professor Elwood across his career, as well as presenting some of their own important epidemiological research. Topics included diet and disease, health inequalities, diabetes and dementia, and – of course – the evidence around aspirin. Tributes to Professor Elwood were led by Professor John Iredale, interim Executive Chair of the MRC, with scientific talks from, among others, Professor Nishi Chaturvedi, Professor Andy Ness, Sir Michael Marmot and Sir Richard Peto.

The event, kindly supported by the MRC, was hosted at Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry and was co-organised by Professor John Gallacher (Director, Dementias Platform UK) and Professor George Davey Smith (MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol). 

Below is a selection of photographs from the event, as well as the full programme of speakers. For high-resolution copies of images, please contact DPUK communications manager Stuart Gillespie.

Individual talks can be viewed on the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit YouTube channel.

Prof Peter ElwoodProf Peter Elwood

Prof Peter Elwood with his daughter, Laura (left) and daughter-in-law, AngelaProf Peter Elwood with his daughter, Laura (left) and daughter-in-law, Angela

Prof George Davey Smith, Prof Peter Elwood and Prof John GallacherProf George Davey Smith, Prof Peter Elwood and Prof John Gallacher

Group photo of attendees at the event in celebration of Prof Peter Elwood

Pippa HutchinsonPippa Hutchinson

Prof John LennoxProf John Lennox

Prof Nishi ChaturvediProf Nishi Chaturvedi

Prof John IredaleProf John Iredale

Janie HughesJanie Hughes

Sir Iain Chalmers and Prof Jonathan SterneSir Iain Chalmers and Prof Jonathan Sterne

Katherine ShepherdKatherine Shepherd

Prof Sir Richard PetoProf Sir Richard Peto

Prof Sir Michael MarmotProf Sir Michael Marmot

Ceri HughesCeri Hughes

Dr Julieta Galante and Pippa HutchinsonDr Julieta Galante and Pippa Hutchinson

Dame Deirdre HineDame Deirdre Hine

Dr Hugh ThomasDr Hugh Thomas

Prof Andy Ness and Prof Stephen StansfeldProf Andy Ness and Prof Stephen Stansfeld

Janet PickeringJanet Pickering

Prof John GallacherProf John Gallacher

Dr Andrew BeswickDr Andrew Beswick

Programme of speakers at the Peter Elwood celebration event