Professor Rodney Thornton 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 280 peer-reviewed papers. His main research interest for the last 35 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)

  • Gnatiuc, L., Herrington, W. G., Halsey, J., Tuomilehto, J., Fang, X., Kim, H. C., ... Jacobs, D. R. (2018). Sex-specific relevance of diabetes to occlusive vascular and other mortality: a collaborative meta-analysis of individual data from 980 793 adults from 68 prospective studies. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 6 (7), 538-546. 10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30079-2
  • Pylypchuk, R., Wells, S., Kerr, A., Poppe, K., Riddell, T., Harwood, M., ... Wu, B. P. (2018). Cardiovascular disease risk prediction equations in 400 000 primary care patients in New Zealand: a derivation and validation study. Lancet (London, England), 391 (10133), 1897-1907. 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)30664-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matire Harwood, Romana Pylypchuk, Katrina Poppe, Daniel Exeter, Jeff Harrison, Roger Marshall, Patricia Metcalf, Suneela Mehta, Corina Grey, Susan Wells, Billy Wu, Jim Warren
  • Zhao, J., Gibb, S., Jackson, R., Mehta, S., & Exeter, D. J. (2018). Constructing whole of population cohorts for health and social research using the New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health10.1111/1753-6405.12781
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jinfeng Zhao, Suneela Mehta, Daniel Exeter
  • Mehta, S., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Harrison, J., Exeter, D. J., & Kerr, A. J. (2018). Cardiovascular medication changes over 5 years in a national data linkage study: implications for risk prediction models. Clinical epidemiology, 10, 133-141. 10.2147/clep.s138100
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Susan Wells, Jeff Harrison, Daniel Exeter
  • Grey, C., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Wu, B., Poppe, K., White, H., ... Kerr, A. J. (2018). First and recurrent ischaemic heart disease events continue to decline in New Zealand, 2005-2015. Heart, 104 (1), 51-57. 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311613
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billy Wu, Corina Grey, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells, Andrew Kerr
  • Rabanal, K. S., Meyer, H. E., Tell, G. S., Igland, J., Pylypchuk, R., Mehta, S., ... Jackson, R. (2017). Can traditional risk factors explain the higher risk of cardiovascular disease in South Asians compared to Europeans in Norway and New Zealand? Two cohort studies. BMJ Open, 7, 1-10. 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016819
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Romana Pylypchuk
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) (2017). Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults. Lancet (London, England), 390 (10113), 2627-2642. 10.1016/s0140-6736(17)32129-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boyd Swinburn, Jacqueline Ramke
  • Schilling, C., Knight, J., Mortimer, D., Petrie, D., Clarke, P., ChalmersJ, ... Jackson, R. (2017). Australian general practitioners initiate statin therapy primarily on the basis of lipid levels; New Zealand general practitioners use absolute risk. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 121 (12), 1233-1239. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.09.022


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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