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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Hayden McRobbie


Centre for Environmental and Preventive Medicine



Professor McRobbie graduated with his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Otago (New Zealand) in 1996. After working in general medicine and surgery for three years he moved to the UK to take up a post in the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit (now the Health and Lifestyle Unit) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. Whilst working in the unit he completed his PhD, which focused on tobacco withdrawal symptomatology. 

Hayden’s main areas of research are in (1) the treatment of tobacco dependence with a current focus on electronic cigarettes and digital strategies for preventing relapse and (2) in behavioural interventions for weight management. He has also worked as a clinician in the Stop Smoking Services and the unit’s Weight Action Programme. 

Hayden is frequently involved in teaching, training and development of healthcare professionals in smoking cessation and weight management. He is also a clinical advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Health Tobacco Control Programme and is the Clinical Practice Champion for the Ministry’s Raising Healthy Kids Health Target to help tackle childhood obesity. 

Professor McRobbie contributes to numerous expert bodies, committees, working groups and conferences and is an Assistant Editor of Addiction, Associate Editor of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Smoking Cessation, and a member of the Society for Research of Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).


Research Interests:

  • Public health centre of excellance
  • Rate of nicotine metabolism project & topography project
  • Provision of Tobacco Control Health Inequalities Pilot Programme
  • Peer-Support weight management programme to supplement brief advice in general practice for obese adults from deprived communities
  • Ramdomised trial of nicotine patch preloading for smoking cessation
    Nicotine Content & Consistency of its delivery
  • E-Cigarette - Potential toxins and nicotine delivery in users
  • Evaluating longer term outcome of NHS Stop Smoking Service
  • Smoking Cessation Service
  • Evaluation of Fresh Start Programme (Obesity)
  • Tailoring varenicline to individual needs (TVIN study)
  • Combination of NRT and varenicline to increase cessation of tobacco
  • Smoking Cessation Service 2013 - 2014
  • International Smoking Cessation Education Collaboration
  • Complementing current pharmacological treatments for smokers with sensory replacement
  • E-Cigarette & Nicotine Inhalator on tobacco withdraval symptons
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