• Name
      Professor Clive Osmond

    • Qualifications
      MA, PhD, CStat

    • Role
      Medical Research Council Senior Scientist and Professor of Biostatistics

    Current Position: 1980 to present. Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, UK. Medical Research Council Senior Scientist and Professor of Biostatistics.

    Summary: I am a collaborating applied statistician with a special interest in the early life origins of health and disease. I worked for thirty years with the late Professor David Barker as he developed these ideas. I research how events early in life programme consequences later in life, studying cohorts in which early life measurements were measured in particular detail. I have close collaborations with birth cohorts in the UK, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Jamaica and New Delhi. I am a member of the COHORTS collaboration, a collection of such studies in Low and Middle Income Countries.


    1977 MA Mathematics Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK

    1980 PhD Mathematics University of Bath, UK


    Professor Bo Abrahamsen, Glostrup Hospital, Denmark

    Dr Saleh Al-wasel, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

    Professor Linda Adair, University of North Carolina, USA (COHORTS collaboration)

    Dr Marieke de Beer, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Professor Johan Eriksson, Helsinki University, Finland

    Professor Caroline Fall, University of Southampton

    Professor Tom Fleming, University of Southampton, UK

    Professor Terrence Forrester, University of the West Indies

    Dr Eero Kajantie, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland

    Professor Dan Lackland, Medical University of South Carolina, USA

    Professor Michelle Lampl, Emory University, USA

    Professor Andrew Lotery, University of Southampton, UK

    Professor Francisco Mardones, Santiago, Chile

    Professor Reynaldo Martorel, Emory University, USA (COHORTS collaboration)

    Professor Shane Norris, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (COHORTS collaboration)

    Professor David Phillips, University of Southampton

    Professor Katri Raikkonen, Helsinki University, Finland

    Professor Tessa Roseboom, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    Professor Harshpal Singh Sachdev, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital, New Delhi, India.

    Professor Graham Serjeant, Sickle Cell Trust, Kingston, Jamaica

    Professor Umberto Simeoni, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Professor Thorkild Sorensen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Professor Minerva Thame, University of the West Indies

    Professor Kent Thornburg, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA

    Professor Cesar Victora, University of Pelotas, Brazil

    Professor Susan Walker, University of the West Indies

    Professor Chittaranjan Yajnik, KEM Hospital Pune, India

    Graduate Advisor: I mentor the statisticians in our department working on these topics. I provide statistical advice to members of Sneha (the India developmental origins society), and have advised the equivalent groups in the Nordic Countries and Thailand.

    Thesis advising: In the last five-year period I have supervised six PhD students to completion and two are still active.