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)

  • 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 (British Cardiac Society), 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 (12)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016819
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Romana Pylypchuk
  • Schilling, C., Knight, J., Mortimer, D., Petrie, D., Clarke, P., Chalmers, J., ... 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)10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.09.022
  • Robinson, T., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Kerr, A., & Marshall, R. (2017). An observational study of how clinicians use cardiovascular risk assessment to inform statin prescribing decisions. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1463), 28-38.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Robinson, Susan Wells, Roger Marshall, Andrew Kerr
  • Abarca-Gómez L, Abdeen, Z. A., Hamid, Z. A., Abu-Rmeileh, N. M., Acosta-Cazares, B., Acuin, C., ... Aguilar-Salinas, C. A. (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. The Lancet10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32129-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boyd Swinburn, Jacqueline Ramke
  • Poppe, K. K., Doughty, R. N., Wells, S., Gentles, D., Hemingway, H., Jackson, R., & Kerr, A. J. (2017). Developing and validating a cardiovascular risk score for patients in the community with prior cardiovascular disease. Heart, 103 (12), 917-922. 10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310668
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rob Doughty, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells, Andrew Kerr
  • Metcalf, P. A., Kyle, C., Kenealy, T., & Jackson, R. T. (2017). HbA1c in relation to incident diabetes and diabetes-related complications in non-diabetic adults at baseline. Journal of diabetes and its complications, 31 (5), 814-823. 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2017.02.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Timothy Kenealy, Patricia Metcalf
  • Jackson, R., Kerr, A., & Wells, S. (2017). 'Should we reconsider the role of age in treatment allocation for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?' No, but we can improve risk communication metrics. European heart journal, 38 (20), 1548-1552. 10.1093/eurheartj/ehw322
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Wells, Andrew Kerr


Contact details

Primary location

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

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