Rob Newton
Professor in Clinical Epidemiology



  • Trained in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London (MBBS, 1991)
  • Joined the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Oxford in 1992 originally as an MRC Clinical Training Fellow and subsequently as an Imperial Cancer Research Fund/Cancer Research UK Research Fellow and Research Group Leader; D.Phil, 1998; MFPH, 2000; FFPH, 2008
  • Appointed Reader in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of York (2005)
  • Currently seconded to the Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda - expanding the scope of research activity on non-communicable diseases

Departmental roles

  • Graduate School Board
  • Dissertation Development Committee



Areas of Interest

  • Infections and cancer
  • Immune suppression and cancer
  • Cancer in developing countries


Rob would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: cancer epidemiology, chronic disease in Africa.


Full publications list


Other teaching

  • Frequent member of the teaching faculty for short courses in Cancer Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (World Health Organisation)
  • External examiner, MSc in Global Health at the University of Oxford
  • Contributor, HYMS undergraduate curriculum

External activities


  • Advisory group for the Monograph Programme of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (World Health Organisation)
  • Previously acted on various advisory groups for the Medical Research Council, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, World Health Organisation and the European Commission

Editorial duties

  • Associate Editor; BioMed Central – Molecular Cancer

Rob Newton

Contact details

Prof. Robert Newton
Professor in Clinical Epidemiology

Tel: 01904 32(1665)