Gary Macfarlane is Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Life Sciences and Medicine) at The University of Aberdeen and Chair in Epidemiology (since 2005). He is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health with NHS Grampian.
He trained in Statistics/Computing Science and then Medicine at The University of Glasgow before undertaking his PhD on the Epidemiology of Oral Cancer at The University of Bristol. He worked at the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan 1991-1995 before leading a programme of chronic pain research at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Manchester, where he was appointed as chair in 1999. He currently leads the Epidemiology group at the University of Aberdeen which undertakes work on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD). The RMD programme focuses on: mechanistic research, clinical trials and health services research with a clinical focus on musculoskeletal pain and fatigue (including fibromyalgia), spondyloarthritis and rare diseases (vasculitis). The programme runs the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) Biologics Registers in Ankylosing Spondylitis (BSRBR-AS) and Psoriatic Arthritis (BSR-PsA). He is Deputy Director of the MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work. Professor Macfarlane is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society as well as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.