Peter Tennant

Peter Tennant

University Academic Fellow in Health Data Analytics

Twitter: @PWGTennant

Summary: I am a Statistical Epidemiologist focussed on translating emerging data scientific methods to provide novel insights within applied health and social science research.

Location: Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Level 11 Worsley Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9NL

Overview

ROLES

• Deputy Programme Manager MSc in Health Data Analytics, University of Leeds
• Honorary Secretary, Society for Social Medicine and Population Health
• Turing Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

RESEARCH INTERESTS

• Causal diagrams & causal statistics 
• Maternal & perinatal health
• Obesity & diabetes 
• Social determinants of health

PUBLICATIONS

FIVE MOST-CITED JOURNAL ARTICLES

• Stothard KJ, Tennant PWG, Bell R, Rankin J. Maternal Overweight & Obesity & the Risk of Congenital Anomalies: A Systematic Review & Meta-analysis. JAMA, 2009; 301(6):636-650.
• Tennant PWG, Pearce MS, Bythell M, Rankin J. 20-year survival of children born with congenital anomalies: a population-based study. Lancet, 2010; 375(9715):649-656.
• Tennant PWG, Rankin J, Bell R. Maternal obesity & the risk of fetal and infant death; a cohort study from the North of England. Hum Reprod, 2011; 26(6):1501-1511.
• Bell R, Glinianaia S, Tennant PWG, Bilous R, Rankin J. Peri-conception hyperglycaemia & nephropathy are associated with risk of congenital anomaly in women with pre-existing diabetes: population-based cohort study. Diabetologia, 2012; 55(4):936-947.
• Rankin J, Tennant PWG, Stothard KJ, Bythell M, Summerbell CD, Bell R. Maternal body mass index & congenital anomaly risk: a cohort study. Int J Obesity, 2010; 34(9):1371-1380.

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FUNDING AWARDS

RESEARCH AWARDS

• Tennant PWG. (2018) Turing Fellowship: Improving the use and understanding of causal statistics in social science research. Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, £10,000
• Salotti J, Tennant PWG, Windebank K, Rankin J. (2012) Histiocytic disorders in children with congenital anomalies; a population-based record linkage study. Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, £14,899
• Tennant PWG, Glinianaia SV, Rankin J. (2011) Investigating the epidemiology of partial urorectal septum malformation sequence: a population-based study using data from the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers (BINOCAR). Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, £14,956 
• Pearce MS, Gibson GJ, Tennant PWG. (2008) Lifecourse predictors of respiratory function and the link to systemic inflammation: a follow-up at age 61 years. British Lung Foundation (North), £24,761

OTHER FUNDING AWARDS

• Gilthorpe MS, Tennant PWG. (2017) Bursaries funding for 2017 LIDA Summer School in Advanced Modelling Strategies for Robust Causal Inference with Observational Data. Society for Social Medicine, £3,441
• Tennant PWG, Pearce A, Bhopal R, Mckee M, Lacey R, Leyland A, Clarke, A (2017) Funding for SSM one-day event on Health and Brexit. Health Foundation, £4,300
• Bhala N, Goodman A, Tennant PWG (2012) Funding for inaugural SSM one-day pre-conference workshop for early career researchers. Medical Research Council, £3,500

STUDENT SUPERVISION

RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

• Gadd S, secondary supervisor. Development and application of statistical methods for addressing the heterogeneity of data collection intervals common in longitudinal datasets. PhD (School of Geography) at University of Leeds. Current.
• Alghamdi A, secondary supervisor. The Associations between Poor Sleep in Pregnancy and Obstetric, Perinatal and Neonatal Outcomes. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Post-viva (minor deficiencies).
• Alfawaz R, secondary supervisor. Exploring the relationship between metabolic syndrome and sleep among adults in the UK. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
• Al Afif N, secondary supervisor. Social, health, and lifestyle predictors of sleep during pregnancy. PhD (School of Medicine) at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.

TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

• Craig Z, lead supervisor. Is the association between gestational weight gain and pregnancy complications an artefact of mathematical coupling? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Current.
• Eversfield C, secondary supervisor. Latent class modelling for stratification on mediators. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Current.
• Hamoni R, lead supervisor. Could ‘collider-bias’ explain ethnic-specific differences in the risk of diabetes for a given body size? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Current.
• Rosca A, lead supervisor. Birth by Caesarean section and the risk of asthma and eczema. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Current.
• Celebi S, lead supervisor. Is the joint effect of ethnicity and Body Mass Index on the risk of type II diabetes an artefact of composite variable confounding? MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
• Illingworth L, secondary supervisor. A Randomised Controlled Crossover Trial of a Commercial Sleep Application (Sleep Cycle) using: an unmasked control and a sham application. MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of Leeds. Graduated 2017.
• Raza F, secondary supervisor. Maternal age and the risk of structural congenital anomalies. MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research at Newcastle University. Graduated 2009.

STUDENT EDUCATION

PROGRAMME LEADERSHIP

• Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Health Data Analytics, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
• Deputy Programme Leader, MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Leeds (2017-2019)

MODULE LEADERSHIP

• Introduction to Health Data Science, School of Medicine, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
• Core Epidemiology, School of Dentistry, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
• Core Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Leeds (2017-2018)

LECTURES, SEMINARS, AND ASSESSMENT

• MSc Health Data Analytics, MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics, MSc Medical Statistics, University of Leeds (2018-2019)
   o Introduction to Health Data Science
   o Modelling Strategies for Causal Inference with Observational Data
   o Research Project
• MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics & MSc in Medical Statistics (University of Leeds, 2017-2018)
   o Core Epidemiology   
   o Advanced Modelling Strategies   
   o Research Project
• MSc Health Informatics (University of Leeds, 2017-2018)
   o Clinical Knowledge Management and Decision Support Systems
• MSc Dental Public Health, MSc Doctor of Dentistry (University of Leeds, 2017-2018)
   o Core Epidemiology
• MSc Public Health and Health Services Research (Newcastle University, 2011-2014)
   o Systematic Reviews  
• MRes Medical and Molecular Biosciences (Newcastle University, 2008-2011)
   o Epidemiology 

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

• Leeds Institute for Data Analytics five-day course on ''Causal Inference with Observational Data: Challenges, Pitfalls, and Solutions". Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (09-13 July 2018).
• Leeds Institute for Data Analytics / Society for Social Medicine four-day course on 'Advanced Modelling Strategies for Robust Causal Inference with Observational Data'. Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (16-20 July 2017).
• Society for Social Medicine one-day event on, 'Health and Brexit'. Wellcome Trust Collection, London, UK. (18 May 2017).
• Society for Social Medicine three-hour workshop on, 'Making an Impact with Your Research: Publish or Perish'. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. (12 September 2013).
• Society for Social Medicine one-day event entitled 'Early Career Researchers in Social Medicine'. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. (11 September 2012)
• Society for Social Medicine three-hour workshop entitled 'ECR showcase and networking'. Warwick University, Coventry, UK. (15 September 2011).

ESTEEM INDICATORS

EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

• Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, UK and Ireland
   o Honorary Secretary (2016-2020)
   o Chair of Early Career Research Subcommittee (2012)

OTHER COMMITTEE POSITIONS

• Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, UK and Ireland
   o Health & Brexit One-day Event Organising Committee, (2016-2017)
   o Executive Officers Committee (2016-2020)
   o Main Committee (2012; 2015-2020)
   o Early Career Research Subcommittee (2011-2013)
   o Communication Subcommittee (2012)
• School of Medicine, University of Leeds, UK
   o MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics Programme Management Committee (2016-)
• School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, UK
   o Athena SWAN Silver Application Task & Finish Group (2016-)
   o School of Healthcare Research Website Redesign Group (2015-2017)
• Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, UK
   o Early Career Research Group Conference Organising Committee (2014)

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

• 'Causal inference' at 'ESRC White Rose: Advanced Quantitative Methods Taster Day', University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (January 2018). Invited by Dr Gwilym Pryce. (University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK) 
• 'Analytical Challenges with N-of-1 Data' at UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Pre-Conference Workshop on 'Working Together to Advance Personalised Behavioural Medicine using N-of-1 Methods', University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (December 2017). Invited by Dr Nicki O'Brien (Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK) 
• 'Using N-of-1 data to inform design of personalised interventions: what can we learn from causal inference methods?' at 'How Can N-of-1 Methods Contribute to Health Psychology Research and Practice? Developing and Advancing Methods for Personalised Behaviour Change', Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (October 2017). Invited by Dr Suzanne McDonald (Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK).
• 'Intention-to-tweet: Taking statistics to social media' at Burwalls Annual Meeting for Medical Statistics Lecturers, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK (June 2017). Invited by Dr Matthew Grainge (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK).
• 'Introduction to Directed Acyclic Graphs' at Research Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark (May 2017). Invited by Prof Ellen Nohr (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, UK).
• 'Obesity and diabetes in pregnancy and the risk of congenital anomalies' at Leeds Institute for Genetics, Health, and Technology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (January 2014). Invited by Dr Richard Feltbower (University of Leeds, Leeds, UK).

INVITED CHAIR

• Chair of 'Lifecourse early life' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (September 2017)
• Chair of 'Lifecourse adult health' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (September 2017)
• Chair of 'Trade Policy and Law' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine Health and Brexit one-day event, Wellcome Collection, London, UK (May 2017)
• Chair of 'Robust Methods for Causal Inference with Observational Data' at Leeds Institute for Data Analytics Research Symposium, University of Leeds, UK (March 2017)
• Chair of 'Pemberton' plenary session at Society for Social Medicine 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of York, York, UK (September 2016)
• Chair of 'Maternal and Child Health' parallel session at Society for Social Medicine 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of York, York, UK (September 2016)
• Chair of afternoon session at Institute for Health and Society Annual Research Day, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (July 2013)

AWARDS

• Best Poster Presentation (Runner-up) at Society for Social Medicine 57th Annual Scientific Meeting (2013)
• Highest Scoring Abstract (Shortlisted) at the Society for Social Medicine 56th Annual Scientific Meeting (2012)
• Early career researcher bursary award to attend the Medical Research Council Population Health Methods and Challenges Conference (2012)
• Young Investigator Award (Winner) for Best Poster Presentation at 19th International Epidemiology Association World Congress of Epidemiology (2011)
• Young Investigator Award (Shortlisted) for Best Oral Presentation at 19th International Epidemiology Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (2011)
• Best Oral Presentation (Runner-up) at Newcastle University Institute of Health & Society / Institute of Neuroscience Research Day (2011)
• Highest Scoring Abstract (Winner) at the Society for Social Medicine 54th Annual Scientific Meeting (2010)