New Director for NCDS

We are pleased to announce that Professor George Ploubidis has been appointed the new director of NCDS.

Prof George Ploubidis

Professor George Ploubidis is the new director of NCDS

NCDS’s previous director, Professor Alissa Goodman, has stepped down after 8 years to help lead a new cohort study of babies born in 2022. We wish Alissa the very best of luck in her new role.

George has been leading NCDS for several months as interim director. He is a Professor of Population Health and Statistics, and his own research looks at the factors that influence our health, and the drivers of health inequalities.

Since joining the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies in 2014, George has held a number of senior roles, including chief statistician and director of research. Prior to joining UCL, George worked at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

George grew up in Athens, Greece and came to the UK in 1995 where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

George said:

“I have been using NCDS throughout my career. The study is such an incredible resource for research, and has led to so many important discoveries in my own field and others.

I am in awe of the incredible contribution that NCDS members have made for the past 64 years, and it is an honour and a privilege to lead the study into the next phase of its and its study members’ lives.

To all our study members, thank you so much for everything you have done, and I look forward to travelling this next part of the journey with you.”

Read George’s profile on the UCL website. Find out more about the rest of the NCDS team on our Meet the Team page.