Martin Tobin

Martin TobinProfessor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health

Chair, Leicester Precision Medicine Institute

Honorary Consultant in Public Health, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Public Health England



Contact details

Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel:+44(0) 116 229 7270



Personal details

Martin is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leicester, and Chair of the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute.  He leads a programme of research on the genomics of common, complex diseases and traits with particular emphasis on the genetics of lung health and COPD. He leads the SpiroMeta consortium, the EXCEED study, and is Chief Scientific Officer for the HDR UK BREATHE Digital Innovation Hub. Key interests including early career research training, public engagement and genomic-driven precision medicine in non-European ancestries. He contributes to panels and advisory committees for the Medical Research Council, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Career snapshots of selected current and past early career researchers

Richard Allen, PhD student 2014-18, currently Mike Bray Fellow (Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis), Genetic Epidemiology Group, University of Leicester

Richard Packer: Clinical Lecturer 2017-19, currently Clinical Training Fellow, Genetic Epidemiology Group, University of Leicester (funding: Orion).

Chiara Batini: Postdoc 2016-17, currently Rutherford Fellow at Health Data Research UK, Genetic Epidemiology Group, University of Leicester.

Emmanouela Repapi: Postdoc 2008-9, currently Rutherford Innovation Fellow at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford.

Catherine John: Clinical Lecturer 2015-16, currently MRC Clinical Training Fellow, Genetic Epidemiology Group, University of Leicester.

Tom Palmer: PhD student (with J. Thompson), currently Lecturer in Statistics, University of Lancaster.

Louise Wain: Postdoc 2017-11, currently British Lung Foundation Chair in Respiratory Research, Genetic Epidemiology Group, University of Leicester.


Selected Media


Selected Publications

Years: 2005-620072008200920102011201220132014, 2015, 2016, 20172018, 2019


Shrine N et al. New genetic signals for lung function highlight pathways and pleiotropy, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associations across multiple ancestries. Nature Genetics 2019 Mar;51(3):481-493.

Sakornsakolpat P et al. Genetic landscape of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identifies heterogeneous cell type and phenotype associations. Nature Genetics 2019 Mar;51(3):494-505


Shrine N et al.  Moderate-to-severe asthma in individuals of European ancestry: a genome-wide association study. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2019, 7(1):20-34.

Hersh CP et al. High-Throughput Sequencing in Respiratory, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Research. An Official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 2019, 16(1):1-16.


Evangelou E et al. Genetic analysis of over 1 million people identifies 535 new loci associated with blood pressure traits. Nature Genetics 2018, 50(10):1412-1425.

Jackson VE et al. Meta-analysis of exome array data identifies six novel genetic loci for lung function. Wellcome open research 2018, 3:4. [joint corresponding author]

Ji X et al. Identification of susceptibility pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 in modifying lung cancer risk. Nature Communications 2018, 9(1):3221.

Miller S et al. The vitamin D binding protein axis modifies disease severity in lymphangioleiomyomatosis. The European respiratory journal 2018, 52(5).

Bihlmeyer NA et al. ExomeChip-Wide Analysis of 95 626 Individuals Identifies 10 Novel Loci Associated With QT and JT Intervals. Circ Genom Precis Med. 2018 Jan;11(1):e001758. doi: 10.1161/CIRCGEN.117.001758. PubMed PMID: 29874175.

Adewoye AB et al. Human CCL3L1 copy number variation, gene expression, and the role of the CCL3L1-CCR5 axis in lung function. Wellcome Open  Res. 2018 Feb 21;3:13. PMID: 29682616

Corbin LJ et al. Formalising recall by genotype as an efficient approach to detailed phenotyping and causal inference. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 19;9(1):711. PMID: 29459775.

Burkart KM et al.A Genome-wide Association Study in Hispanics/Latinos Identifies Novel Signals for Lung Function. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Feb 2. PMID: 29394082.


Allen RJ et al. Genetic variants associated with susceptibility to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in people of European ancestry: a genome-wide association study. Lancet Respir Med. 2017 Nov;5(11):869-880. PMID: 29066090.

Wain LV et al.  Genome-wide association analyses for lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identify new loci and potential druggable targets. Nat Genet. 2017 Mar;49(3):416-425. doi: 10.1038/ng.3787. PMID: 28166213; PMCID: PMC5326681.

Hobbs BD et al. Genetic loci associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap with loci for lung  function and pulmonary fibrosis. Nat Genet. 2017 Mar;49(3):426-432. doi: 10.1038/ng.3752. PMID: 28166215.

John C, Soler Artigas M, et al. Genetic variants affecting cross-sectional lung function in adults show little or no effect on longitudinal lung function decline. Thorax. 2017 Feb 7. pii: thoraxjnl-2016-208448. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208448.  PMID: 28174340.

Soler Artigas M et al. Targeted Sequencing of Lung Function Loci in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Cases and Controls. PLoS One. 2017 Jan 23;12(1):e0170222. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170222. PMID: 28114305; PMCID: PMC5256917.


Ehret GB, Ferreira T, ...[many authors]...Tobin MD, ...[many authors]...Morris AP, Newton-Cheh C, Munroe PB. The genetics of blood pressure regulation and its target organs from association studies in 342,415 individuals. Nat Genet. 2016 Sep 12. PMID: 27618452.

Surendran P, Drenos F…[many authors]…Tobin MD, Nordestgaard BG; T2D-GENES Consortium;  GoT2DGenes Consortium; ExomeBP Consortium; CHD Exome+ Consortium, Caulfield MJ,  Mahajan A, Morris AP, Tomaszewski M, Samani NJ, Saleheen D, Asselbergs FW,  Lindgren CM, Danesh J, Wain LV, Butterworth AS, Howson JM, Munroe PB.  Trans-ancestry meta-analyses identify rare and common variants associated with blood pressure and hypertension. Nat Genet. 2016 Sep 12. PMID: 27618447.

Kanoni S, Masca NG, [many authors], Tobin MD,  Jarvelin MR, Zeggini E, Gieger C, Chambers JC, Wareham NJ, Munroe PB, Franks PW,   Samani NJ, Deloukas P. Analysis with the exome array identifies multiple new  independent variants in lipid loci. Hum Mol Genet. 2016 Jul 27. pii: ddw227. PMID: 27466198.

O'Connell J, Sharp K, Shrine N, Wain L, Hall I, Tobin M, Zagury JF, Delaneau O, Marchini J. Haplotype estimation for biobank-scale data sets. Nat Genet. 2016 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 27270105.

Jackson VE, Ntalla I, Sayers I, …[many authors]… Strachan DP, Hall IP, Tobin MD, Wain LV. Exome-wide analysis of rare coding variation identifies novel associations with COPD and airflow limitation in MOCS3IFIT3 and SERPINA12. Thorax. 2016 Jun;71(6):501-9. PMID: 26917578

Parmar PG, [25 authors], Tobin MD [9 authors], Palmer LJ. International GWAS Consortium Identifies Novel Loci Associated with Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents. Circ Cardiovasc Genet, 2016, March 11. PMID 26969751.


Soler Artigas M, Wain LV, …Strachan DP, Hall IP, Tobin MD. Sixteen new lung function signals identified through 1000 Genomes Project reference panel imputation. Nat Commun. 2015 Dec 4;6:8658. PMID: 26635082; PMCID: PMC4686825.

Wain LV, Shrine N, Miller S…Strachan DP, Tobin MD, Hall IP. Novel insights into the genetics of smoking behaviour, lung function, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (UK BiLEVE): a genetic association study in UK Biobank. Lancet Respir Med. 2015 Oct;3(10):769-81. PMID: 26423011; PMCID: PMC4593935.

Obeidat M, Hao K, Bossé Y…Sin DD, Tobin MD, London SJ, Hall IP, Paré PD. Molecular mechanisms underlying variations in lung function: a systems genetics analysis. Lancet Respir Med. 2015 Oct;3(10):782-95. PMID: 26404118.

Gharib SA, Loth DW, Soler Artigas M…Tobin MD, London SJ. Integrative pathway genomics of lung function and airflow obstruction. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Dec 1;24(23):6836-48. PMID: 26395457; PMCID: PMC4643644.

UK10K Consortium. The UK10K project identifies rare variants in health and disease. Nature. 2015 Oct 1;526(7571):82-90. PMID:26367797; PMCID: PMC4773891.

Horikoshi M, Mӓgi R, ..[many authors]…Tobin MD, …..[many authors]…McCarthy MI, Morris AP; ENGAGE Consortium. Discovery and Fine-Mapping of Glycaemic and Obesity-Related Trait Loci Using High-Density Imputation. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jul 1;11(7):e1005230. PMID: 26132169; PMCID: PMC4488845.

Hägg S, Fall T, ..[many authors]… Tobin MD..[many authors]…Pedersen NL, Ingelsson E. Adiposity as a cause of cardiovascular disease: a Mendelian randomization study. Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;44(2):578-86. PMID: 26016847; PMCID: PMC4553708.

Surakka I, Horikoshi M, ..[many authors]…Tobin MD..[many authors]…Prokopenko I, Ripatti S; ENGAGE Consortium. The impact of low-frequency and rare variants on lipid levels. Nat Genet. 2015 Jun;47(6):589-97. PMID: 25961943; PMCID: PMC4757735.


Loth DW, Artigas MS, Gharib SA, Wain LV, Franceschini N, Koch B, ... Cassano PA, Sood A, Hayward C, Dupuis J, Hall IP, Brusselle GG, Tobin MD, London SJ. Genome-wide association analysis identifies six new loci associated with forced vital capacity. Nat Genet. 2014 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 24929828.

Wain LV, Sayers I, Soler Artigas M, Portelli MA, Zeggini E, Obeidat M, Sin DD,...Shrine NR, Cook JP, Patel S, Spector TD, Hollox EJ, Hall IP, Tobin MD. Whole exome re-sequencing implicates CCDC38 and cilia structure and
function in resistance to smoking related airflow obstruction. PLoS Genet. 2014 PubMed PMID: 24786987.

Wain LV, Odenthal-Hesse L, Abujaber R, Sayers I, Beardsmore C, Gaillard EA, Kuehni CE, Hall IP, Tobin MD, Hollox EJ. Copy number variation of the Beta-defensin genes in europeans: no supporting evidence for association with lung function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 3;9(1):e84192. PubMed PMID: 24404154.


Ahyow LC, Lambert PC, Jenkins DR, Neal KR, Tobin M. Bed occupancy rates and hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection: a cohort study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Oct;34(10):1062-9. PubMed PMID: 24018923.

Obeidat M, Miller S, Probert K, Billington CK, Henry AP, Hodge E, Nelson CP, Stewart CE, Swan C, Wain LV, Artigas MS, Melén E, Ushey K, Hao K, Lamontagne M, Bossé Y, Postma DS, Tobin MD, Sayers I, Hall IP. GSTCD and INTS12 Regulation and Expression in the Human Lung. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 18;8(9):e74630. PubMed PMID: 24058608.

Thun GA, Imboden M, Ferrarotti I, Kumar A, Obeidat M, ...Hall IP, Tobin MD, Dahl M, Fallgaard Nielsen S, Nordestgaard BG, Kronenberg F, Luisetti M, Probst-Hensch NM. Causal and Synthetic Associations of Variants in the SERPINA
Gene Cluster with Alpha1-antitrypsin Serum Levels. PLoS Genet. 2013 Aug;9(8):e1003585. PubMed PMID: 23990791.

Codd V, Nelson CP, …(many authors)…Tobin MD… Jarvelin MR, Slagboom PE, Thompson JR, Spector TD, van der Harst P, Samani NJ. Identification of seven loci affecting mean telomere length and their association with disease. Nat Genet.2013 Apr;45(4):422-7. PubMed PMID: 23535734.

Tobin MD. Body mass index, asthma, and genetic variation. Clin Exp Allergy.2013 Apr;43(4):383-4. PubMed PMID: 23517033.



Hancock DB*, Soler Artigas M*,…Cassano PA†, Strachan DP†, Fornage M†, Hall IP†, Dupuis J†, Tobin MD†, and London SJ†. Genome-wide joint meta-analysis of SNP and SNP-by-smoking interaction identifies novel loci for pulmonary function. PLoS Genetics 2012, 8(12): e1003098. († jointly directed the work).

Wilk JB*, …Probst-Hensch N*, Gharib SA*, Hall IP*, O'Connor GT*, Tobin MD*, Stricker BH*. Genome Wide Association Studies Identify CHRNA5/3 and  HTR4 in the Development of Airflow Obstruction. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Jul 26. (*equal contribution)

Wain LV, Artigas MS, Tobin MD. What can genetics tell us about the cause of fixed airflow obstruction. Clin Exp Allergy. 2012 Aug;42(8):1176-82. PubMed PMID: 22805464.

Wan YI, Shrine NR, Soler Artigas M, Wain LV, … Ferreira MA, Thompson PJ, Tobin MD, Sayers I, Hall IP. Genome-wide association study to identify genetic determinants of severe asthma. Thorax. 2012 Sep; 67(9): 762-8. PubMed PMID: 22561531.

Gaunt TR, Shah S, Nelson CP… Tobin MD, Humphries SE, Talmud PJ, Macfarlane PW, Hingorani AD, Samani NJ, Kumari M, Day IN. Integration of genetics into a systems model of electrocardiographic traits using HumanCVD BeadChip. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2012 Dec;5(6):630-8. PubMed PMID: 23139254.

Koskela J, Kähönen M, Nieminen T, Lehtinen R, Viik J, Nikus K, Niemelä K,Kööbi T, Tobin MD, Samani NJ, Turjanmaa V, Pörsti I, Lehtimäki T. Allelic variant of NOS1AP effects on cardiac alternans of repolarization during exercise testing.Scand J Clin Lab Invest. 2012 Apr;72(2):100-7. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PubMed PMID:



Soler Artigas M*, Loth DW*, Wain LV* et al. Genome-wide association and large scale follow-up identifies 16 novel loci for lung function. Nature Genetics, 2011 25th Sept [Epub ahead of print].PMID 21909110

Wain LV et al. Genome-wide association study identifies six new loci influencing pulse pressure and mean arterial pressure. Nat Genet. 2011 Sep 11 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21909110

Ehret GB et al. Genetic variants in novel pathways influence blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk. Nature. 2011 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21909115.

Soler Artigas M, Wain LV, Tobin MD. Genome-wide association studies in lung disease. Thorax. 2011 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21856699.

Soler Artigas M et al. Effect of 5 Genetic Variants Associated with Lung Function on the Risk of COPD, and their Joint Effects on Lung Function. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Jun 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21680943.

Obeidat M et al. A Comprehensive Evaluation of Potential Lung Function Associated Genes in the  SpiroMeta General Population Sample. PLoS One. 2011;6(5):e19382. Epub 2011 May 20. PubMed PMID: 21625484.

Silverman EK et al. Opportunities and challenges in the genetics of COPD 2010: an International COPD Genetics Conference report. COPD.2011 Apr;8(2):121-35. PubMed PMID: 21495840.

Edmondson AC, Braund PS, Stylianou IM, Khera AV, Nelson CP, Wolfe ML, Derohannessian SL, Keating BJ, Qu L, He J, Tobin MD, Tomaszewski M, Baumert J, Klopp N, Doering A, Thorand B, Li M, Reilly MP, Koenig W, Samani NJ, Rader DJ. Dense Genotyping of Candidate Gene Loci Identifies Variants Associated with High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2011 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21303902.

Edmondson AC, Braund PS, Stylianou IM, Khera AV, Nelson CP, Wolfe ML, Derohannessian SL, Keating BJ, Qu L, He J, Tobin MD, Tomaszewski M, Baumert J, Klopp N, Doering A, Thorand B, Li M, Reilly MP, Koenig W, Samani NJ, Rader DJ. Dense Genotyping of Candidate Gene Loci Identifies Variants Associated with High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2011 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21303902.

Kaess BM, Tomaszewski M, Braund PS, Stark K, Rafelt S, Fischer M, Hardwick R, Nelson CP, Debiec R, Huber F, Kremer W, Kalbitzer HR, Rose LM, Chasman DI, Hopewell J, Clarke R, Burton PR, Tobin MD, Hengstenberg C, Samani NJ. Large-scale candidate gene analysis of HDL particle features. PLoS One. 2011 Jan 21;6(1):e14529. PubMed PMID: 21283740; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3024972.

Reinhard W, Kaess BM, Debiec R, Nelson CP, Stark K, Tobin MD, Macfarlane PW, Tomaszewski M, Samani NJ, Hengstenberg C. Heritability of Early Repolarization - A Population-Based Study. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2011 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21282333.

Wain LV, Tobin MD. Copy number variation. Methods Mol Biol. 2011;713:167-83. PubMed PMID: 21153619

Masca N, Sheehan NA, Tobin MD. Pharmacogenetic interactions and their potential effects on genetic analyses of blood pressure. Stat Med. 2011 Mar 30;30(7):769-83



Repapi E†, Sayers I†, Wain LV†, …Elliott P†, Strachan DP†, Hall IP†, Tobin MD†. Genome-wide association study identifies five new loci associated with lung function. Nature Genetics 2010 Jan;42(1):36-44. Epub 2009 Dec 13. [† contributed equally]

Codd V, … Tobin MD, Hall AS, Thompson JR, Spector T, Samani NJ. Common variants near TERC are associated with mean telomere length. Nature Genetics 2010 Mar;42(3):197-9

Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium. Genome-wide association study of CNVs in 16,000 cases of eight common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature. 2010 Apr 1;464(7289):713-20.

Blauw HM…Tobin MD, Wain LV…van den Berg LH. A large genome scan for rare CNVs in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Hum Mol Genet. 2010 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print].

Wolfson M, Wallace SE, Masca N, Rowe G, Sheehan NA, Ferretti V, Laflamme P, Tobin MD, Macleod J, Little J, Fortier I, Knoppers BM, Burton PR. DataSHIELD: resolving a conflict in contemporary bioscience--performing a pooled analysis of individual-level data without sharing the data. Int J Epidemiol. 2010 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print]

Moffat M et al for the GABRIEL consortium. A Large-Scale, Consortium-Based Genomewide Association Study of Asthma. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:1211-1221.

Tomaszewski M, Debiec R, Braund PS, Nelson CP, Hardwick R, Christofidou P, Denniff M, Codd V, Rafelt S, van der Harst P, Waterworth D, Song K, Vollenweider  P, Waeber G, Zukowska-Szczechowska E, Burton PR, Mooser V, Charchar FJ, Thompson JR, Tobin MD, Samani NJ. Genetic Architecture of Ambulatory Blood Pressure in the General Population: Insights From Cardiovascular Gene-Centric Array. Hypertension. 2010 Dec;56(6):1069-1076. Epub 2010 Nov 8.



Wain LV, Pedroso I, Landers JE, Breen G, Shaw CE, Leigh PN, Brown RH, Tobin MD†, Al-Chalabi A†. The Role of Copy Number Variation in Susceptibility to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Genome-wide Association Study and Comparison with Published Loci. PLoS One. 2009 Dec 4;4(12):e8175 [† contributed equally].

Wain LV, Armour JAL, Tobin MD. Genomic copy number variation, human health, and disease. Lancet 2009, online first, June 16.

Newton-Cheh C*, Johnson T*, Gateva V*, Tobin MD* et al. Genome-wide association study identifies eight loci associated with blood pressure. Nature Genetics 2009, published online May 10th. [* joint first authors]

Jackson C, Dixon-Woods M, Tobin M, Young B, Heney D, Pritchard-Jones K. Seeking consent to tissue banking: a survey of health professionals in childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 2009; 18:391-400.

Nolte IM, Wallace C, Newhouse SJ, Waggott D, Fu J, Soranzo N, Gwilliam R, Deloukas P, Savelieva I, Zheng D, Dalageorgou C, Farrall M, Samani NJ, Connell J, Brown M, Dominiczak A, Lathrop M, Zeggini E, Wain LV; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium; DCCT/EDIC Research Group, Newton-Cheh C, Eijgelsheim M, Rice K, de Bakker PI; QTGEN consortium, Pfeufer A, Sanna S, Arking DE; QTSCD consortium, Asselbergs FW, Spector TD, Carter ND, Jeffery S, Tobin M, Caulfield M, Snieder H,Paterson AD, Munroe PB, Jamshidi Y. Common genetic variation near the phospholamban gene is associated with cardiac repolarisation: meta-analysis of three genome-wide association studies. PLoS One. 2009 Jul 9;4(7):e6138.



Tobin MD, Timpson NJ, Wain LV, Ring S, Jones LR, Emmett PE, Palmer TM, Ness AR, Samani NJ, Davey Smith G, Burton PR. Common variation in the WNK1 gene and blood pressure in childhood: the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Hypertension 2008 Nov; 52(5):974-979.

Sheehan NA, Didelez V, Burton PR, Tobin MD. Mendelian Randomisation and Causal Inference in Observational Epidemiology. PLoS Medicine 2008 Aug; 5(8):1205-1210.

Palmer TM, Thompson JR, Tobin MD. Meta-analysis of Mendelian randomization studies incorporating all three genotypes. Statistics in Medicine 2008 Sept; 27(30):6570-6582.

Samani NJ*,  Braund PS*, Erdmann J*, Götz A, Tomaszewski M, Linsel-Nitschke P, Hajat C, Mangino M, Hengstenberg C, Stark K, Ziegler A, Caulfield M, Burton PR, Schunkert H, Tobin MD. The novel genetic variant predisposing to coronary artery disease in the region of the PSRC1 and CELSR2 genes on chromosome 1 associates with serum cholesterol. Journal of Molecular Medicine 2008 Nov; 86(11):1233-1241.

Samani NJ, Raitakari OT, Sipilä K, Tobin MD, Schunkert H, Juonala M, Braund PS, Erdmann J, Viikari J, Moilanen L, Taittonen L, Jula A, Jokinen E, Laitinen T, Hutri-Kähönen N, Nieminen MS, Kesäniemi YA, Hall AS, Hulkkonen J, Kähönen M, Lehtimäki T. Coronary Artery Disease-Associated Locus on Chromosome 9p21 and Early Markers of Atherosclerosis. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2008 Sept; 28(9):1679-1683.

Tobin MD, Tomaszewski M, Braund PS, Hajat C, Raleigh SM, Palmer TM, Caulfield M, Burton PR, Samani NJ. Common Variants in Genes Underlying Monogenic Hypertension and Hypotension and Blood Pressure in the General Population. Hypertension 2008 Jun; 51(6): 1658-64.

Tobin MD, Kähönen M, Braund P, Nieminen T, Hajat C, Tomaszewski M, Viik J, Lehtinen R, Ng G.A., Macfarlane P.W., Burton PR, Lehtimäki T, Samani NJ. Gender and effects of a common genetic variant in the NOS1 regulator NOS1AP on cardiac repolarization in 3761 individuals from two independent populations. International Journal of Epidemiology 2008 Oct; 37(5):1132-1141.

Palmer TM, Thompson JR, Tobin MD, Sheehan NA, Burton PR. Adjusting for bias and unmeasured confounding in Mendelian randomization studies with binary responses. International Journal of Epidemiology (Advance Access) Oct; 37(5):1161-1168.

Wallace C, Newhouse SJ, Braund P, Zhang F, Tobin M, Falchi M, Ahmadi K, Dobson RJ, Marçano AC, Hajat C, Burton P, Deloukas P, Brown M, Connell JM, Dominiczak A, Lathrop GM, Webster J, Farrall M, Spector T, Samani NJ, Caulfield MJ, Munroe PB. Genome-wide association study identifies genes for biomarkers of cardiovascular disease: serum urate and dyslipidemia. Am J Hum Genet. 2008 Jan;82(1):139-49.



The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium. Association scan of 14,500 nonsynonymous SNPs in four diseases identifies autoimmunity variants. Nature Genetics 2007 Nov;39(11):1329-1337.

The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium. Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature 2007; 447: 661-678.

Tobin MD, Sheehan NA, Samani NJ, Burton PR. The Genetic Epidemiology of Hypertension. Chapter in Handbook of Hypertension, Volume on Genetics of Hypertension. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2007

Burton PR, Bowden J, Tobin MD. Epidemiology and Genetic Epidemiology. Chapter in Balding DJ, Bishop M, Cannings C, Handbook of Statistical Genetics, 3rd Ed. Wiley, Chichester, 2007

Dixon-Woods M, Ashcroft R, Clare J. Jackson, Tobin MD, Kivits J, Burton PR, Samani. Beyond ‘‘misunderstanding’’: Written information and decisions about taking part in a genetic epidemiology study. Social Science and Medicine (in press, 2007).

Samani NJ, Erdmann J, Hall AS, Hengstenberg C, Mangino M, Mayer B, Dixon RJ, Meitinger T, Braund P, Wichmann HE, Barrett JH, Konig IR, Stevens SE, Szymczak S, Tregouet DA, Iles MM, Pahlke F, Pollard H, Lieb W, Cambien F, Fischer M, Ouwehand W, Blankenberg S, Balmforth AJ, Baessler A, Ball SG, Strom TM, Braenne I, Gieger C, Deloukas P, Tobin MD, Ziegler A, Thompson JR, Schunkert H; WTCCC and the Cardiogenics Consortium. Genomewide association analysis of coronary artery disease. N Engl J Med. 2007 Aug 2;357(5):443-53.

Ruse CE, Hill MC, Tobin M, Neale N, Connolly MJ, Parker SG, Wardlaw AJ. Tumour necrosis factor gene complex polymorphisms in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respir Med. 2007 Feb;101(2):340-4.

Maznyczka A, Mangino M, Whittaker A, Braund P, Palmer T, Tobin M, Goodall AH, Bradding P, Samani NJ.  Leukotriene B(4) production in healthy subjects carrying variants of the arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase-activating protein gene associated with a risk of myocardial infarction. Clin Sci (Lond). 2007 Jun;112(7):411-6.



Cosford PA, O'Mahony M, Angell E, Bickler G, Crawshaw S, Glencross J, Horsley SS, McCloskey B, Puleston R, Seare N, Tobin MD. Public health professionals' perceptions toward provision of health protection in England: a survey of expectations of Primary Care Trusts and Health Protection Units in the delivery of health protection. BMC Public Health; 2006 Dec 7;6:297.

Burton PR*, Tobin MD*, Hopper J. Key concepts in Genetic Epidemiology. Lancet 2005; 366(9489): 941-951. [* joint first authors]

Tobin MD, Raleigh SM, Newhouse S, Braund P, Bodycote C, Ogleby J, Cross D, Gracey J, Hayes S, Smith T, Ridge C, Caulfield M, Sheehan NA, Munroe PB, Burton PR, Samani NJ. Association of WNK1 gene polymorphisms and haplotypes with ambulatory blood pressure in the general population. Circulation 2005; 112: 3423-3429

Tobin MD, Sheehan NA, Scurrah KJ, Burton PR. Adjusting for treatment effects in studies of quantitative traits: antihypertensive therapy and systolic blood pressure. Statistics in Medicine 2005; 24(19): 2911-2935.

Seale C, Kirk D, Tobin M, Burton P, Grundy R, Pritchard-Jones K, Dixon-Woods M. Mass media portrayals of removal of children’s tissue and impact on a tumour bank: a qualitative and quantitative analysis. BMJ 2005; 331(7513); 401-3.

Burton PR, Scurrah KJ, Tobin MD, Palmer LJ. Covariance components models for longitudinal family data. International Journal of Epidemiology 2005; 34(5): 1063-77.

Thompson JR, Minelli C, Abrams KR, Tobin MD, Riley R. Meta-analysis of genetic studies using Mendelian randomisation: a multivariate approach. Statistics in Medicine 2005; 24(14): 2241-2254.


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