Ronan A Lyons, FFPH (UK), FFPHM (RCPI), MD is Professor of Public Health and Director of the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research at Swansea University, Director of the Wales and Northern Ireland site of Health Data Research UK (HDRUK), and Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia. He leads the Modernising Public Health Research theme for HDRUK.
Prof Lyons graduated in medicine from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After several years of hospital medicine, he specialised in public health and epidemiology prior to moving to Wales as a public health consultant and part-time ED clinician. In 1998, he moved to academia, initially with the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff and in 2005 to the newly created Swansea University Medical School.
Prof Lyons pioneered the development of privacy-protecting whole of population electronic cohorts in the UK, including the development of the Wales Electronic Cohort for Children (1m children) and the creation of a unique, award-winning, household/individual data linkage system for the evaluation of the impact of non-healthcare interventions on health. His research interests are quite wide-ranging and include the influences of wider health determinants on health and wellbeing throughout the life-course, the role of the build environment on health, multi-morbidity and the evaluation of natural experiments.
He leads the analysis platform for the MRC Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) initiative, providing global remote access to multi-modal data on more than 2 million people from more than 30 cohorts. DPUK will shortly be linked to similar initiatives across the globe, supported by a grant from a major philanthropist.
Prof Lyons has also had a long-term interest in the neglected field of injury prevention and control. He has played a substantial role in the development of surveillance systems to measure the incidence, outcomes and burden of injuries and to test the efficacy of policies and interventions. Since 2012, he has chaired the International Collaborative effort on Injury Statistics and Methods (US National Centre for Health Statistics) and has been instrumental in creating a global network to measure the individual, family and population burden of injuries.
He was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2012.