Dr Holly Syddall – Deputy Centre Manager/Senior Research Fellow and Medical Statistician

Holly’s association with the University of Southampton began in 1993 when she commenced her undergraduate studies in Mathematics with Statistics. She was awarded her BSc degree with first class honours in 1996, and in 1997 was awarded an MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine with distinction (University of Southampton). Holly was fortunate to then secure a role as the senior statistician for the internationally renowned Hertfordshire Cohort Study at the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, since renamed the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.

In the early years of her career, Holly worked with Prof David Barker on a range of studies exploring the lifecourse origins of chronic diseases in later life such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Holly subsequently worked with Prof Avan Aihie Sayer for many years on a research programme which explored the lifecourse determinants of ageing, frailty and sarcopenia. Holly studied for a PhD part-time alongside her job, and in 2013 was awarded a doctorate for her thesis which described social inequalities in musculoskeletal ageing among community dwelling older people in the UK.  In recent years, Holly has widened her role to work with Prof Karen Walker-Bone and the Health and Employment after Fifty Study, which aims to explore the impact of work on health, and health on work.

Holly is the first author of 14 peer-reviewed research papers and a co-author of more than 170 additional publications. Holly line manages and mentors junior statisticians and teaches statistics to undergraduate and postgraduate students and research fellows. Holly is delighted to join the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work as Deputy Centre Manager.