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Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences | Usher Institute

Centre for Population Health Sciences

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Dr Tony Robertson

Working Age / Adult Life Working Group, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy

Tel: 0131 6 511591
Fax: 0131 6 506909


  • Research
  • Public Engagement

Research Interests

Tony's research involves exploring the links between socioeconomic circumstances and health as part of SCPHRP's Working Age/Adult Life Working Group. Current projects include:

  • Socioeconomic distributions of chronic disease risk factor acquisition across the lifecourse in Scottish adults
  • Socioeconomic patterning of cumulative physiological burden (allostatic load)
  • Allostatic load as a predictor of morbidity and mortality
  • Socioeconomic position and biological ageing
  • The impact on health of the recession, austerity and welfare reforms
  • Learning from, and interacting with, community-based initiatives that aim to reduce health inequalities

Selected grants

  • The nature of employment and excess mortality in Glasgow and Scotland (NHS Health Scotland, 2015-2015) Robertson T, Skivington K, Estrade M, Jepson R
  • Population Health Impact Assessment Tools: Using Population Health Data to Improve Chronic Disease Prediction (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2015-2019) Manuel DG, Choi B, Frank J, Jha P, Leyland A, Robertson T, Rosella L, Sanmartin C, Taljaard M, Tu J, Wang J (CI Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
  • Meta-synthesis of findings from evaluations of work involving community food work and its impact on mental health and wellbeing (NHS Health Scotland, 2014-2014) Jepson R, Estrade M, Robertson R, Robertson T
  • MRC Centenary Award (Medical Research Council, 2013-2013) Robertson T

Selected publications

  • Frank J, Bromley C, Doi L, Estrade M, Jepson R, McAteer J, Treanor M, Robertson T, Williams AJ. Seven Key Investments for Health Equity across the Lifecourse: Scotland versus the rest of the UK. Social Science & Medicine. 2015; 140:136-146. DOI Link Link
  • Kapilashrami A, Smith KE, Fustukian S, Eltanani MK, Laughlin S, Robertson T, Muir J, Gallova E, Scandrett E. Social movements and public health advocacy in action: the UK people's health movement. Journal of Public Health. 2015;e.fdv085 DOI Link Link
  • Robertson T, Benzeval M, Whitley E, Popham F. The role of material, psychosocial and behavioral factors in mediating the association between socioeconomic position and allostatic load (measured by cardiovascular, metabolic and inflammatory markers). Brain Behavior and Immunity. 2014;e10005 DOI Link
  • Robertson T, Popham F, Benzeval M. Socioeconomic inequalities in allostatic load across the lifecourse. BMC Public Health 2014; 4(1): 184 DOI Link
  • Robertson T, Benzeval M. Do mismatches between pre- and post-natal conditions influence adult physiological functioning? PLOS ONE. 2014; 9(1): e86953 DOI Link
  • Gardner M, Bann D, Wiley L et al. Gender and telomere length: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Experimental Gerontology. 2014; 51: 15-27 DOI Link
  • Robertson T, Batty GD, Der G, Fenton C, Shiels PG, Benzeval M. Is socioeconomic status associated with biological aging, as measured by telomere length? Epidemiologic Reviews 2013; 35(1): 98-111 DOI Link
  • Phillips AC, Robertson T, Carroll D, Der G, Shiels P, McGlynn L, Benzeval M. Symptoms of depression predict telomere length, but only in younger adults: Evidence from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 2013; 75(3):288-296 DOI Link
  • Robertson T, Batty GD, Der G, Green MJ, McGlynn LM, McIntyre A, Shiels PG, Benzeval M. Is telomere length socially patterned? Evidence from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. PLOS One 2012; 7: e41805 DOI Link
  • Der G, Batty GD, Benzeval M, Deary IJ, Green MJ, McGlynn L, McIntyre A, Robertson T, Shiels PG. Is telomere length a biomarker for aging: cross-sectional evidence from the West of Scotland? PLOS One 2012; 7: e45166 DOI Link
  • Maxwell F, McGlynn LM, Muir HC, Talwar D, Benzeval M, Robertson T, Roxburgh CS, McMillan DC, Horgan PG, Shiels PG. Telomere attrition and decreased Fetuin A levels indicate accelerated biological ageing and are implicated in the pathogenesis of Colorectal Cancer. Clinical Cancer Research 2011; 17: 5573-81 DOI Link
  • Snook RR, Robertson A, Crudgington HS, Ritchie M. Experimental manipulation of sexual selection and the evolution of courtship song in Drosophila pseudoobscura. Behavior Genetics 2005; 35: 245-255 DOI Link

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