From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Denise Brown

Denise Brownposition: Investigator Scientist

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7500


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Denise is a Statistician/Epidemiologist within the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health research programme. She has recently been involved in producing Carstairs deprivation scores for 2011 and is currently updating work on inequalities in mortality in Scotland.

Denise obtained her BSc (Hons) and Ph.D. in Statistics from the Department of Statistics at the University of Glasgow. Her Ph.D. research involved extending the Cox proportional hazards model to allow for dynamic covariate effects in survival data. Following her Ph.D., Denise joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit as a career development fellow looking at the impact of internal migration on population health. Denise returned to the Department of Statistics for a short while to analyse 3d facial shape data of cleft lip and palate patients before rejoining the MRC/CSO Unit to work on a CSO-funded project on population mobility and health inequalities.



Allik M, Brown D, Dundas R, Leyland AH. Developing a new small-area measure of deprivation using 2001 and 2011 census data from Scotland. Health & Place 2016;39:122–130

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Allik M, Brown D, Dundas R, Leyland AH. Small-area deprivation measure datasets for Scotland, 2001 and 2011. Data in Brief 2016;7:1682–1686

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Brown D, Allik M, Dundas R, Leyland AH. Carstairs Scores for Scottish postcode sectors, datazones and output areas from the 2011 Census. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper, Glasgow, 2014

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Brown D, Benzeval M, Gayle V, Macintyre S, O'Reilly D, Leyland AH. Childhood residential mobility and health in late adolescence and adulthood: findings from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;66:942-950

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Brown D, O'Reilly D, Gayle V, Macintyre S, Benzeval M, Leyland AH. Socio-demographic and health characteristics of individuals left behind in deprived and declining areas in Scotland. Health & Place 2012;18:440-444

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Brown D, Leyland AH. Scottish mortality rates 2000-2002 by deprivation and small area population mobility. Social Science & Medicine 2010;71:1951-7

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Brown D, Leyland AH. Population mobility, deprivation and self-reported limiting long-term illness in small areas across Scotland. Health & Place 2009;15:37-44

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Brown D, Kauermann G, Ford I. A partial likelihood approach to smooth estimation of dynamic covariate effects using penalised splines. Biometrical Journal 2007;49:441-452