Professor Rod Jackson

BHSc Auck., MBChB Auck., Dip Obs Auck., Dip Com Hlth Otago, MHSc Auck., PhD Auck.


Rod Jackson is a professor of epidemiology in the Section of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is also the director of EPIQ (, an in-house group undertaking teaching and research in Evidence-based Practice (EP), health Informatics (I) and Quality improvement (Q), for healthcare services. He is medically trained, has a PhD in Epidemiology and is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers. His main research interest for the last 38 years has been the epidemiology of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. He is one of the architects of New Zealand risk-based clinical guidelines for managing CVD risk and he leads the HRC-funded VIEW2020 (Vascular Informatics using Epidemiology & the Web 2020) research programme (see University of Auckland web page on the VIEW research programme).

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology and Evidence-based healthcare
  • Electronic clinical decision support

Teaching | Current

He teaches the epidemiology module in Population Health, the introductory undergraduate POPHLTH111 course, he teaches evidence-based medicine to Year 4 medical students and teaches on Evidence for Best Practice, the postgraduate POPHLTH709 course on evidence based practice.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) (2019). Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults. Nature, 569 (7755), 260-264. 10.1038/s41586-019-1171-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqueline Ramke
  • Kerr, A. J., Lee, M., Jiang, Y., Grey, C., Wells, S., Williams, M., ... Poppe, K. (2019). High level of capture of coronary intervention and associated acute coronary syndromes in the all New Zealand acute coronary syndrome quality improvement cardiac registry and excellent agreement with national administrative datasets (ANZACS-QI 25). The New Zealand medical journal, 132 (1492), 19-29.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yannan Jiang, Corina Grey, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells
  • Selak, V., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Wu, B., Harwood, M., Grey, C., ... Wells, S. (2019). Predicting Bleeding Risk to Guide Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease A Cohort Study. ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, 170 (6), 357-+. 10.7326/M18-2808
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Wells, Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Matire Harwood, Corina Grey, Suneela Mehta, Billy Wu
  • Wang, T. K. M., Grey, C., Jiang, Y., Jackson, R., & Kerr, A. (2019). TRENDS IN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME INCIDENCE, INVASIVE MANAGEMENT AND MORTALITY OUTCOMES IN NEW ZEALAND 2006-2016: A NATIONAL ANZACS-QI DATA LINKAGE STUDY. Paper presented at 68th Annual Scientific Session and Expo of the American-College-of-Cardiology (ACC), New Orleans, LA. 16 March - 18 March 2019. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY. (pp. 1). 10.1016/S0735-1097(19)30674-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Corina Grey, Yannan Jiang
  • Pennells, L., Kaptoge, S., Wood, A., Sweeting, M., Zhao, X., White, I., ... Moons, K. G. M. (2019). Equalization of four cardiovascular risk algorithms after systematic recalibration: individual-participant meta-analysis of 86 prospective studies. European heart journal, 40 (7), 621-631. 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy653
  • Selak, V., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Kerr, A., & Wells, S. (2018). Are the benefits of aspirin likely to exceed the risk of major bleeds among people in whom aspirin is recommended for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1484), 19-25. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells
  • Mehta, S., Jackson, R., Pylypchuk, R., Poppe, K., Wells, S., & Kerr, A. J. (2018). Development and validation of alternative cardiovascular risk prediction equations for population health planning: a routine health data linkage study of 1.7 million New Zealanders. International journal of epidemiology, 47 (5), 1571-1584. 10.1093/ije/dyy137
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Wells, Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe
  • Shackleton, N., Darlington-Pollock, F., Norman, P., Jackson, R., & Exeter, D. J. (2018). Longitudinal deprivation trajectories and risk of cardiovascular disease in NewZealand. HEALTH & PLACE, 53, 34-42. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.07.10
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nichola Shackleton, Daniel Exeter


Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 442
New Zealand

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