Professor Stephen Palmer

Professor Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer is the Archie Cochrane Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Primary Health Care and Public Health in the School of Medicine

Since 1998 he has been the Mansel Talbot Professor of Public Health, and from 2003 – 2010 he was an Executive Director of the UK's Health Protection Agency.

His expertise includes epidemiology of infectious diseases and chemical hazards, the built environment and population health, public health risk communication.

A major addition to the Research Institute, Professor Palmer brings with him experience of establishing a major strategic research theme jointly with the School of Architecture to investigate the influence of all aspects of the built environment on health. This has entailed developing major partnerships with local councils in Wales, focussing on the value of research for local decision makers to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

As well as a vast range of published research, his work has achieved considerable peer esteem, including the 2008 Alwyn Smith Prize of the UK's Faculty of Public Health, an expert member of the National Expert Panel on Emerging Infections; WHO International Health Regulations Roster of Experts, member of the Research Assessment Exercise – Epidemiology and Public Health; Board Member, Health Protection Agency. He was also a founding member of the UK Biobank Science Committee and continues as a member of the National Expert Panel on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the NIHR Public Health Board. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1999 and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in 1987.