Professor David Bell

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 467486
EMAIL: d.n.f.bell@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from the university of Aberdeen, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. Previously to his post in Stirling, David has worked as a Lecturer at St. Andrews University (1974-74), a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (1975-83), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (1983-85) and a Lecturer (1985-89) and Senior Lecturer (1989-90) at the University of Glasgow. David has been an advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, the Scotland Bill Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. His main research interests are in the economics of long term care; the economics of subjective well-being; the Scottish economy; labour economic and the economics of education. 

Professor Nick Buck

ORGANISATION: Essex University and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)
PHONE: +44 (0)120 687 3066
EMAIL: nhb@essex.ac.uk

BIO: Nick is the Deputy Director for the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the Director of the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre at the University of Essex. He is also the principal Investigator of the British Household Panel Survey. Nick studied Sociology and Economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury (1975) and received his PhD in Urban Studies also from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1980). Prior to his current appointments, Nick was a Research Associate in the Urban and Regional Studies Unit at the University of Kent (1982); Research Assistant in the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent (1982-1989); Research Fellow (since 1989), Chief Research Officer (1989-1994), Principal Research Officer and Associate Director (1994-1999) in the Urban and Regional Studies Unit at the University of Kent. His main research interests are on the impacts of economic change and public policy on social inequality and patterns of household formation; labour market marginality and multiple deprivation; impacts of territorial inequality on social processes; social polarisation and social change in London; methodological aspects of longitudinal data. 

Professor Ian Deary 

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
PHONE: +44 (0)131 650 3452
EMAIL: I.deary@ed.ac.uk 

BIO: Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. His principal research interest is human mental abilities, especially: the origins of cognitive differences; the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills (cognitive ageing); and the influence of intelligence on health and wellbeing through the life course (cognitive epidemiology). He directs the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936, and the 6-Day Sample follow-up study of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. Ian Deary is one of five academics on the Executive of the Dementias Platform UK. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed articles, many on human cognitive ageing, and is the author/co-author of four books.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on human cognitive ageing.

Ian Deary’s other awards include: Distinguished European Personality Psychologist Award from the European Association for Personality Psychology in 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research, awarded in December 2014; James McKeen Cattell Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Research, awarded in May 2015; Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to be awarded in July 2015; and the Tenovus Medal for Outstanding Research in Biomedicine, to be awarded in September 2015.

Professor John Frank

ORGANISATION: Scottish Collaboration for Public Health and Research Policy
PHONE: +44 (0)131 651 1593
EMAIL: john.frank@ed.ac.uk

BIO: John Frank is the Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health and Research Policy (SCPHRP). He took up this role in 2008. John trained in Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in Family Medicine at McMaster University, and in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 1983 until 1991 he was Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences. He was the founding Director of Research at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto from 1991 to 1997. In 2000, he was appointed inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He holds a chair in public health at the University of Edinburgh in Public Health Research and Policy. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions. His broad research and professional interests concern the determinants of population and individual health status, and especially the causes, remediation and prevention of socio-economic gradients in health.

 

Professor Vernon Gayle

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
PHONE: +44(0)131 650 4069
EMAIL: Vernon.gayle@ed.ac.uk

BIO: Vernon is a Professor of Sociology and Social Statistics at the University of Edinburgh. His research involves the statistical analysis of large scale and complex social science datasets. He specializes in the analysis of longitudinal data, social surveys and administrative datasets. Vernon’s main research interests are in social stratification; social statistics; sociology of youth; sociology of education; migration studies; fertility; sociology of sport; public understanding of social statistics.

Professor Marion McMurdo

ORGANISATION: University of Dundee and NHS
PHONE: +44 (0)138 238 3086
EMAIL: m.e.t.mcmurdo@dundee.ac.uk

BIO: Marion is Professor and Head of Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee. She is also an honorary consultant in Medicine of Old Age with NHS Tayside. She was UK Chair of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Network on Ageing from 2009-2015. She is also the co-founder of D D Developments Ltd, a University of Dundee not-for-profit organization which provided evidence based exercise classes for older people throughout the UK. Additionally, she is external tutor to WHO/ United Nations International Institute on Ageing in Malta.

She was awarded the Lady Illingworth prize in 2001, given to the UK clinician considered to have made the greatest contribution to improving quality of life through research. In 2011 she received the Ian Stevenson award for excellence in public engagement with science.

Marion’s research focusses on postponing/ preventing disability in later life. Specifically, her research team examines the role of exercise, physical activity and nutrition in sarcopenia and age-related functional decline. She has expertise in conducting large scale clinical trials in older people. Her other research interests are in sedentary behaviour; influences on physical activity participation; novel interventions for sarcopenia; and  recruitment of ‘hard to study’ populations”.

Gemma Tetlow

ORGANISATION: English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)
EMAIL: g.tetlow@ifs.org.uk

BIO: Gemma Tetlow is a member of the scientific team at the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and Programme Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Gemma graduated from the University of Warwick in 2003 with a BSc in Economics, followed by her MSc in Economics in 2004, also from the University of Warwick. At the IFS Gemma is Programme Director for the work on pensions, public finances and saving. Her research interests include pensions, savings, asset holding and health and their interactions with later life working. Her work also includes analysis of the UK’s public finances and public spending. 

Professor Robert Wright

ORGANISATION: University of Strathclyde
PHONE: +44 (0)141 548 3861
EMAIL: r.e.wright@strath.ac.uk 

BIO: Robert Wright is a Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde. He studied Economics, Demography and Statistics at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Michigan, the University of Stockholm and the National Institute of Demographic Research in Paris.  From 1995 to 2005, he was Professor and University Chair in Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Stirling. From 1997-2002, he was Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Management (now Stirling Management School) at the University of Stirling. From 1991 to 1994, he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Scotland, he held positions in the Department of Economics at Birkbeck College, in the Centre for Population Studies at the University of London and at the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Ottawa. His main research interests are in population economics, labour economics, demography and applied econometrics.