'Aspirin man': celebrating the career of Professor Peter Elwood
9 June 2022
Well-wishers from DPUK and beyond came together to celebrate the career of eminent epidemiologist Professor 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.