School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science


Prior to joining SMSAS in 2017 as Lecturer in Statistics, James was a Research Associate at Imperial College London.

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Ueda, P. et al. (2017). Laboratory-based and office-based risk scores and charts to predict 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease in 182 countries: a pooled analysis of prospective cohorts and health surveys. Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology [Online] 5:196-213. Available at:
Kengne, A. et al. (2017). Trends in obesity and diabetes across regions in Africa from 1980 to 2014: an analysis of pooled population-based studies. International Journal of Epidemiology [Online] 46:1421-1432. Available at:
Bentham, J. (2017). Worldwide trends in children's and adolescents' body mass index, underweight, overweight and obesity, in comparison with adults, from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2,416 population-based measurement studies with 128.9 million participants. Lancet [Online]. Available at:
Zhou, B. et al. (2016). Worldwide trends in blood pressure from 1975 to 2015: a pooled analysis of 1479 population-based measurement studies with 19·1 million participants. Lancet [Online] 389:37-55. Available at:
Bentham, J. and NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), (2016). Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19·2 million participants. Lancet [Online] 387:1377-1396. Available at:
Morris, D. et al. (2016). Genome-wide association meta-analysis in Chinese and European individuals identifies ten new loci associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. Nature Genetics [Online] 48:940-946. Available at:
Bentham, J. and NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), (2016). Worldwide trends in diabetes since 1980: a pooled analysis of 751 population-based studies with 4·4 million participants. Lancet [Online] 387:1513-1530. Available at:
Bentham, J. (2016). A century of trends in adult human height. eLife [Online]. Available at:
Bentham, J. et al. (2015). Genetic association analyses implicate aberrant regulation of innate and adaptive immunity genes in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus. Nature Genetics [Online] 47:1457-1464. Available at:
Bentham, J. (2015). Effects of diabetes definition on global surveillance of diabetes prevalence and diagnosis: a pooled analysis of 96 population-based studies with 331288 participants. Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology [Online] 3:624-637. Available at:
Bentham, J. and Vyse, T. (2013). The development of genome-wide association studies and their application to complex diseases, including lupus. Lupus [Online] 22:1205-1213. Available at:
Bentham, J. and Hand, D. (2011). Data mining from a patient safety database: the lessons learned. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery [Online] 24:195-217. Available at:
Bentham, J. (2018). Contributions of mean and shape of blood pressure distribution to worldwide trends and variations in raised blood pressure: a pooled analysis of 1,018 population-based measurement studies with 88.6 million participants. International Journal of Epidemiology.
Bentham, J. (2017). The global burden of cancer attributable to diabetes and high body mass index: a comparative risk assessment. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Pearson-Stuttard, J. et al. (2017). Worldwide burden of cancer attributable to diabetes and high body-mass index : a comparative risk assessment. Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology [Online]. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 15 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Bayesian hierarchical models and MCMC methods
  • Analysis of large datasets
  • Statistical genetics
  • Analysis of text-based data
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MA319: Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science
MA529: Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science 2
MA884: Principles of Data Collection back to top

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