• Name
      Professor Hazel Inskip
    • Qualifications
      MSc, PhD, FFPH
    • Role
      Deputy Director, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

    Hazel Inskip is Professor of Statistical Epidemiology and Deputy Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

    Hazel graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics then did an MSc and PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she worked for six years. She subsequently worked for the International Agency for Research in Cancer (WHO) at the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia on the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study, a trial of Hepatitis B vaccine in 124,000 infants. She moved to Southampton in 1991 to work at the MRC Unit.

    Since 1998, she has been running the Southampton Women’s Survey (SWS) (https://www.mrc.soton.ac.uk/sws/) and contributing to and coordinating some of the resulting intervention studies that are now on-going. The SWS is an internationally-renowned cohort study, which, uniquely in the western world, recruited young women who were not pregnant and characterised them in detail before following up those who subsequently became pregnant. Some 12,583 women were recruited, of whom 3,158 went on to deliver a live-born infant. The children have been followed up regularly. The 11-13 year follow-up of the children started in August 2013 and the 17-19 year follow-up is being piloted.

    Findings from the SWS have led to intervention studies assessing measures to improve public health. Notably, (1) we conducted a trial (MAVIDOS) of maternal vitamin D supplementation and showed that it improved bone health of the baby if it was born in the winter months. The children are continuing to be followed-up (2) the observation that maternal health behaviours have a profound influence on the diets and health of the children has led to developing a ‘Healthy Conversation Skills’ training for staff in Southampton Sure Start Children’s Centres, and an initiative for teenagers in schools known as LifeLab, based at Southampton General Hospital. LifeLab has been extended in EACH-B which she co-leads with Professor Mary Barker (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/lifelab/research/each-b.page) to including Healthy Conversation Skills for teachers and a digital app for the school students to use to encourage them to improve their health behaviours. The effects of vitamin D supplementation and/or Healthy Conversation Skills are being assessed in the SPRING trial, a factorial trial in pregnant women in Southampton.



    • BSc Mathematics and Statistics, University of Edinburgh (1978)
    • MSc Medical Statistics, University of London (1979)
    • PhD Epidemiology, University of London (1985)
    • FFPH Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health


    Appointments held

    • 2003- Deputy Director MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton
    • 2007- Chair in Statistical Epidemiology, University of Southampton
    • 1991- Senior statistician, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
    • 1986-1991 Statistician/Programmer (and from 1990 Programme Leader) for the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study. Employed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO).
    • 1979-1986 Research Fellow (and from 1985 Lecturer) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London


    My research interests focus on the influence of health and health behaviours before and during pregnancy on the development of the offspring. I run a large cohort study, the Southampton Women’s Survey (SWS), which recruited women when not pregnant and we are following up their children (now aged 12 to 20 years). We have developed various intervention studies based at least in part on SWS findings, with the aim of improving preconception and pregnancy health behaviours, body composition and health in parents. A particular interest is in adolescent health as teenagers will become parents of the next generation.


    President of the Society of Social Medicine2019-2020
    Vice Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement – EpiGen Global Research Consortium2017
    Vice Chancellor’s Award for Collegiality – LifeLab team2016
    Honorary Life Membership of the Society of Social Medicine2016-
    Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health2009-
    Member of MRC/ESRC/Wellcome Trust Population Research Resource Steering Group2019-
    Member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS)2019-
    Member of MRC’s Multimorbidity Panel2019
    Co-opted member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group on Population Health2018-2019
    Member of MRC’s Nutrition Research Partnership Collaborative Awards Expert Review Panel 2018-2019
    Invited member of the MRC-PHE Centre International Scientific Advisory Board2018
    President Elect of the Society of Social Medicine2018
    Chair – International Scientific Advisory Board for the COSMOS Study2016-
    Chair International Scientific Advisory Committee for the MRC Biostatistics Unit2016
    Chair of ESRC/MRC Life Study Audit Panel2015
    Member of Scientific Steerting Committee, CDC Ebola Prevention Vaccine Trial2015-2017
    Member of the CLOSER leadership team2013-
    Deputy chair – MRC’s Population and Systems Medicine Board2013-2017
    Chair – ENABLE London Steering Committee2013-2018
    Member of the ARUK Clinical Studies Subcommittee2012-2016
    Acting vice-chair of the NIHR Clinician Scientist Panel2011
    Member of the MRC’s Cohort Strategy Review Group2011-2017
    Member of the MRC’s Population and Systems Medicine Board2011-2017
    Member of the Arthritis Research UK Trials Progress Review Committee2009-2012
    International Editorial Board member Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease2009-
    Member of Southampton Children and Young People’s Trust Board2008-2012
    Member of MRC’s Clinical Training and Career Development Panel2007-2011
    Member of the NHS South Central Research for Patient Benefit Committee20016-2011
    Member of MRC’s Consultation on Personal Data Steering Group2006-2010
    Member of the Investment Subcommittee for the MRC Pension Trust2006-2013
    Director of the MRC Pension Trust(appointment renewed by MRC Council 2006, 2011)2001-2016
    Statistical advisor for the British Medical Journal1999-2008


    Professor Hazel Inskip

    MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit,

    University of Southampton,

    Southampton General Hospital,

    Southampton SO16 6YD

    Room Number: SGH/MRC/MP95/310

    Telephone: (023) 8076 4044

    Facsimile: (023) 8070 4021

    Email: hmi@mrc.soton.ac.uk

    Twitter: @HazelInskip