Associate Professor Nicos Middleton
Associate Professor in Health Sciences Research Methodology and Biostatistics
Head of Department of Nursing and Dean of School of Health Sciences
Cyprus University of Technology
Nicos Middleton: BSc Statistics and Operational Research (UCL, 1997), MSc Health Care Decision Analysis (LSE and LSHTM, 1998), PhD Epidemiology (Social & Community Medicine, University of Bristol, 2004) is Associate Professor in Health Sciences Research Methodology and Biostatistics, CUT (2009-currently), Director of the doctoral programme and Dean of the School of Health Sciences.
Previous affiliations: Cyprus International Institute for Environmental & Public Health (2006-2008), Harvard School of Public Health (2006-2008) and University of Bristol (Lecturer Medical Statistics, 2004-2006). His research interests lie at the intersection of chronic disease, mental health and social epidemiology, with a particular focus on health inequalities and the socio-environmental determinants of health.
In settings where public health policy and practice are not well established, Dr Middleton believes in “policy-driven research” and the role of the academic community to formulate research for the purpose of driving policy. He has been involved in several research projects as PI, co-investigator or WP leader over the years. He was Lead Statistician/ Epidemiologist in the largest epidemiological studies in Cyprus to date on respiratory health and childhood asthma (PI: P. Yiallouros, UCY). Most recently, Dr Middleton was scientific coordinator of the “BrEaST start in life” project (funded by EEA Grants, 2014-2016) – a nationwide longitudinal study of mother-newborn dyads across all maternity clinics in Cyprus with the aim of providing first-time national breastfeeding indicators and explore the determinants of initiation, continuation and exclusivity of breastfeeding, including the adherence of maternity clinics to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative 10 steps for successful breastfeeding. Currently, he is the PI of “Baby Buddy Forward” (funded by Erasmus+: Adult Education, 2017-2020), a participatory action research project in collaboration with a multidisciplinary European consortium of academic institutions and NGOs with the aim of developing Baby Buddy Cyprus. Through a structured research process, the project explores the cultural transferability and adaptation of Baby Buddy, created by project partner Best Beginnings, UK, to address the education needs of new parents in Cyprus during the transition to parenthood.
His track record includes >90 articles in peer-reviewed journals with considerable international recognition (>2500 citations, h-index=24, i10-index=46). He has disseminated this work widely at major European and International conferences, including the annual conference of the European Public Health Association and the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology. He teaches a range of research-orientated subjects: Research Methodology, Biostatistics, Evidence-based practice, Basic and Applied Epidemiology at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. He has supervised/co-supervised >25 postgraduate students and young researchers. He is a member of Society for Social Medicine, UK and the International Epidemiologic Association. Since 2015, he is serving in the Board of Directors of the Health Insurance Organization responsible for reforming the Cyprus healthcare system through the implementation of a new National Healthcare System.