Peter Scarborough

Senior Researcher,
British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

Research Themes

Divisional Themes

  • Global Health
  • Health Evaluative Methodologies
  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Bioinformatics and Statistics

Department Themes

Peter Scarborough Recent Publications

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Department Nuffield Department of Population Health
Peter Scarborough

Dr Peter Scarborough

Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors in the United Kingdom

Pete is the joint leader of the centre’s research programme on nutrition, and also leads a programme of research into the relationship between public health and environmental sustainability. His nutrition research focuses on influences of food choice, including food price, food labelling, marketing of foods and food accessibility. He is currently working on a NPRI-funded project investigating the role of front-of-pack food labelling in food choices (FLICC), which includes a pilot randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention to increase the use of traffic light food labelling. This pilot trial will use electronic supermarket store card data to measure the healthiness of food purchases.

Pete is involved in the development of scenario models that estimate the population-level health impact of changes in the prevalence of behavioural risk factors. He is the lead researcher in the development of the Preventable Risk Integrated ModEl (PRIME), which has been used in several published analyses of the role of diet in health including estimates of the impact of health-related food taxation in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand; achieving dietary recommendations in the UK and Canada; and incorporating the cost of greenhouse gas emissions into food prices in the UK.

Pete has published several articles on the development and validation of nutrient profile models (models that classify foods on the basis of their nutritional composition), and was involved in the development of the nutrient profile model used by Ofcom to regulate the broadcast advertising of foods to children in the UK.

Pete has worked for the BHF Centre on Population Approaches for NCD Prevention in various capacities since 2003. He received a DPhil in public health in 2009 for a thesis investigating geographic variations in coronary heart disease rates in England. Pete studied mathematics at undergraduate level.

Selected publications

  1. Briggs A*, Mytton O*, Kehlbacher A, Tiffin R, Rayner M, Scarborough P. The overall and income specific effect on the prevalence of overweight and obesity of a 20% sugar sweetened beverage tax in the UK: an econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study. BMJ, 2013;347:f6189 * Joint lead authors.
  2. Briggs A, Kehlbacher A, Tiffin R, Garnett T, Rayner M, Scarborough P. Incorporating the societal cost of greenhouse gases into the price of foods could save lives from cardiovascular disease and cancer in England: a comparative risk assessment modelling study. BMJ Open, 2013;3:e003543.
  3. Scarborough P, Payne C, Agu C, Kaur A, Mizdrak A, Rayner M, Halford J, Boyland E. How important is the choice of nutrient profile model used to regulate advertising of foods to children? A comparison using a targeted dataset. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013;67(8):815-820.
  4. El-Sayed A, Seeman L, Scarborough P, Galea S. Are network-based interventions a useful anti-obesity strategy? An illustration of agent-based counterfactual simulations for causal inference in epidemiology. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2013;178(2):287-295.
  5. Scarborough P, Allender S, Clarke D, Wickramasinghe K, Rayner M. Modelling the health impact of environmentally sustainable dietary scenarios in the UK. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012; 66(6):710-715.

Sources of Funding