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Robert Walton

Job Title
WMS - Population Evidence and Technologies
024 765 74517
Research Interests

Research interests are in stratified medicine and he has published on the molecular basis for tobacco dependence and on the damaging effects of of pollution on respiratory function in children. He is Chief Investigator on an NIHR programme developing a complex intervention to strengthen NHS smoking cessation services in community pharmacies and a trial of ecigarettes to help pregnant women to stop smoking. Robert supervises NIHR academic trainees working on digital interventions for health behaviour change. He sits on NICE Technology Appraisal and Indicator Advisory Committees.


Robert Walton qualified in medicine from St Georges University of London in 1983 following an intercalated degree in pharmacology and biochemistry. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1986 and General Practitioners in 1987.Robert has worked as a general practitioner in Oxford since 1988.

Robert's doctoral thesis in information technology was on applying artificial intelligence techniques to improve the quality of general practice prescribing and he was Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology in Oxford from 2002 to 2009. After four years working at the MRC Laboratories in The Gambia he returned to a chair in primary care at Queen Mary University of London and joined Warwick as a professor of primary care in 2017. He became an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2016.

View Professor Walton's publications on Google Scholar.