Dr Nick Townsend
BSc MSc PGCE Dip PhD
Senior Researcher and Programme Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology, CPNP
Nick is the lead on the British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemiology research programme. Research within this programme includes modelling the future burden of CVD, investigations into regional, social, ethnic and temporal trends in CVD and improving estimates of the incidence and other aspects of the burden of CVD.
Nick also has a particular interest in the determinants of obesity, health promotion in schools and community interventions and has developed a number of research programmes in these areas. He has recently published a book with Elsevier providing a comprehensive guide to obesity for public health workers and researchers and he is developing research programmes focusing on community interventions, with a particular interest in low and middle income countries. This includes the World Bank funded Integrating Nutrition Promotion And Rural Development (INPARD) project, taking place in Sri Lanka for which Nick is the research lead. This project involves close collaboration with a number of international partners, in particular the University of Colombo and government departments including the Sri Lankan Ministries of Health and Economic Development.