Welsh Government

Senior Research Leader

Professor Ronan Lyons

Professor Ronan Lyons

Department and Institution

Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University

Current Post

Clinical Professor of Public Health

Primary Research Field

Population Health

Secondary Research Field

Health Data Science

Contact details

01792 513484 


Ronan Lyons, Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), is Professor of Public Health at Swansea University, Honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health Wales NHS Trust and Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia.

Professor Lyons is Director of the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research, Research Director and lead for Population Health Research for Health Data Research UK and Co-Director of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system.

His research focuses on the use of routine data in cohorts, trials, and the evaluation of natural experiments and complex interventions. He led the development of the total population Wales Electronic Cohort for Children as a platform for evaluating interventions and policies. He is principal investigator in the MRC funded ‘Application of machine learning to discover new multimorbidity phenotypes associated with poorer outcomes’, a new collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, Associate Director for the MRC’s Dementias Research Platform UK and lead investigator in the ESRC funded Administrative Data Research Partnership.

Professor Lyons is particularly interested in the neglected field of injury prevention and control and is involved in many of the world's largest observational, interventional and policy relevant injury research studies. Since 2012, he has chaired the US National Centres for Health Statistics’ International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics and Methods.