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Professor Anjum Memon

Prof Anjum Memon

Professor Anjum Memon (MBBS, DPhil [Oxon], FFPH)

Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine
T: +44 (0)1273 644442
Location: Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

DA: Sonia Khan
01273 644143

Area of expertise: Chronic disease epidemiology and public health. Applied health service research (public health service development and evaluation)  

Research areas: Cancer epidemiology; diabetes mellitus; mental health and wellbeing; suicide prevention; drug and alcohol use; smoking cessation

Other relevant positions: Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine; Discipline Lead in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine (BSMS); Teaching Lead (Department of Primary Care and Public Health); INSPIRE Programme Lead (BSMS); Research Advisor (NIHR Research Design Service South East); Speciality Lead for Health Service Research and Public Health (NIHR Clinical Research Network, KSS)



Professor Anjum Memon is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. He trained in epidemiology at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Sir Richard Doll FRS – the eminent epidemiologist who discovered the main hazards of smoking. Anjum joined BSMS in 2005, having previously worked at the Universities of Oxford, Kuwait and Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine.  

Along with teaching, research and public health service work, Anjum contributes to capacity building, training and quality assurance activities in public health. These roles include: Faculty Assessor for appointments of consultants, Part A MFPH Examiner; Public Health England Appraiser for consultants and GMC revalidation; Academic Supervisor for public health trainees and junior doctors; External Examiner at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; Chair of the Organising Committee for the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine; and member of the International Scientific Committee, European Public Health Association.            


Epidemiology underpins public health and clinical medicine – it provides evidence to protect, restore and promote health, and to tackle major chronic diseases and public health issues. Anjum has an extensive portfolio of research and scholarship in epidemiology of chronic diseases (e.g, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular/gastrointestinal diseases) and public health issues in the population (e.g, cancer awareness, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol use, community mental health and wellbeing, and suicide prevention).  



Anjum leads the teaching of epidemiology and public health medicine at BSMS. He leads curriculum development (as core and interdisciplinary vertical theme), teaching and assessment of the discipline in the Five-year BM BS undergraduate programme. 

He teaches epidemiological concepts and study designs to medical and postgraduate students, clinicians and allied health professionals. 

He is currently an External Examiner in Public Health for the Final MB BChir Examination at the University of Cambridge.  As a member of the Public Health Educators in Medical Schools (PHEMS) network, he contributed to the development of the ‘Undergraduate Public Health Curriculum for the UK Medical Schools’.

He supervises fourth-year medical students (Individual Research Projects), postgraduate students (Master’s, MD and PhD degrees), public health trainees and junior doctors. 

Selected publications

Memon A, Taylor K, Mohebati LM, et al. Perceived barriers to accessing mental health services among black and minority ethnic communities: A qualitative study in southeast England. BMJ Open; 6:e012337. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-01233, 2016.

Memon A, Barber J, Rumsby E, et al. What factors are important in smoking cessation and relapse in women from deprived communities? A qualitative study in Southeast England. Public Health; 134:39-45, 2016.

Cardwell CR, Stene LC, Ludvigsson J, et al. Breast-feeding and childhood-onset Type 1 Diabetes: A pooled analysis of individual participant data from 43 observational studies. Diabetes Care; 35:2215-2225, 2012.

Kabacs N, Memon A, Obinwa T, et al. Lithium in drinking water and suicide rates across the East of England. British J Psychiatry; 198:406-407, 2011.

Memon A, Walker A. Brighton & Hove Suicide Prevention Strategy, 2010.

Memon A, Godward S, Williams D, et al. Dental x-rays and the risk of thyroid cancer: a case-control study. Acta Oncologica; 49:447-53, 2010.

Memon A. Epidemiological understanding: An overview of basic concepts and study designs. In Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (2nd Edition). Pencheon D, Guest C, Melzer D, Muir Gray JA. (Eds.). Oxford University Press, 2006.

Fibrinogen Studies Collaboration: Danesh J, Lewington S, Thompson SG, Lowe GD, Collins R et al. Plasma fibrinogen level and the risk of major cardiovascular diseases and nonvascular mortality: an individual participant meta-analysis. JAMA; 294:1799-1809, 2005.

Memon A, Varghese A, Suresh A. Benign thyroid disease and dietary factors in thyroid cancer: A case-control study in Kuwait. British J Cancer; 86:1745-1750, 2002.

Memon A, Darif M, Al-Saleh K, Suresh A. Epidemiology of reproductive and hormonal factors in thyroid cancer: Evidence from a case-control study in the Middle East. Int J Cancer; 97:82-89, 2002.

Memon A, Moody PM, Sugathan TN, et al. Epidemiology of smoking among Kuwaiti adults: Prevalence, characteristics, and attitudes. Bulletin World Health Organisation; 78:1306-1315, 2000.

Memon A, Pospula WM, Tantawy AY, et al. Incidence of hip fracture in Kuwait. Int J Epidemiology; 27:860-865, 1998.

Memon A and Doll R. A search for unknown blood-borne oncogenic viruses. Int J Cancer, 58: 366-368, 1994.

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