Prof Peter Elwood
Professor Peter Elwood is a researcher at Cardiff University, specialising in the field of epidemiology: the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. He has had over 50 years of experience in preventative medicine. During such an impressive career, headline hitting work and monumental successes have been achieved.
Elwood specialises in preventative medicine; from heart disease to stroke, and recently cancer. Implementing the first set of randomised clinical trials and evidence based medicine has been the backbone of his scientific research. In an extraordinary study, the effects of aspirin on platelets (cells in the blood) and heart disease was investigated in Caerphilly. Pioneering evidence based medicine, a long term study involving over 2,500 men was set up. The study lasted 35 years and provided data on a variety of factors affecting health and disease and was published in the Lancet.