Profiles of Current PhD Students

Alex Ghanouni  >>  Preferences, expectations and decision-making in the context of bowel cancer screening tests


Ghanouni


RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Preferences and expectations of medical tests in the context of bowel cancer screening
  • Symptomatic patients' experience of medical tests used for bowel cancer diagnosis
  • Psychological aspects of clinical trial participation

Current research:

My current project uses quantitative and qualitative methods to explore public preferences for bowel cancer screening tests and the aspects of testing that are most important to people. In particular, I am using the context of a specific test (CT colonography) in order to determine the value that people place on comfort and convenience in comparison to accuracy. In addition, I aim to estimate what screening uptake levels would be if a national, organised programme were to offer one of several potential tests for bowel cancer.

Email: a.ghanouni@ucl.ac.uk

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2012-Present – PhD student, University College London
  • 2010-2012 - Research Assistant, University College London
  • 2006-2010 - Various roles on clinical trials, especially SIGGAR for Imperial College


Qualifications:

  • 2010 M.Sc Psychological Approaches to Health (Distinction), University of Leeds
  • 2005 B.Sc Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

PUBLICATIONS

  • Ghanouni, A., Smith, S.G., Halligan, S., Taylor, S.A., Plumb, A., Boone, D., von Wagner, C. (in press). An interview study analysing patients’ experiences and perceptions of non-laxative or full-laxative preparation with faecal tagging prior to CT colonography. Clinical Radiology.
  • Ghanouni, A., Smith, S.G., Halligan, S., Plumb, A., Boone, D., Magee, M.S., Wardle, J., von Wagner, C. (2012). Public perceptions and preferences for CT colonography or colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening. Patient Education & Counseling, 89(1), 116-121.
  • von Wagner, C., Ghanouni, A., Halligan, S., Smith, S., Dadswell, E., Lilford, R. J., Morton, D., Atkin, W., Wardle, J., For the SIGGAR Investigators, (2012). Patient Acceptability and Psychologic consequences of CT colonography compared with those of colonoscopy: Results from a multicenter randomized controlled trial of symptomatic patients. Radiology 263(3), 723-731.
  • von Wagner, C., Ghanouni, A., Smith, S., Yao, G. L., Lilford, R., Zhu, S., Halligan, S., Wardle, J. (2012). Evaluating the quality of conjoint analysis studies on public preferences for colorectal cancer screening tests: A systematic review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, (Vol. 43 pp.S91-S91).
  • von Wagner, C., Smith, S., Halligan, S., Ghanouni, A., Power, E., Lilford, R. J., Morton, D., Dadswell, E., Atkin, W., Wardle, J., SIGGAR Investigators, (2011). Patient acceptability of CT colonography compared with double contrast barium enema: results from a multicentre randomised controlled trial of symptomatic patients. European Radiology 21(10), 2046-2055.

Alison Fildes  >>  Development and modification of children's food preferences, Design of effective dietary interventions, Heritability of food preferences and eating behaviours

Fildes

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Development and modification of children's food preferences
  • Design of effective dietary interventions
  • Heritability of food preferences and eating behaviours

Current research:

I am using data from a twin birth cohort, Gemini – Health and Development in Twins, to explore the genetic and environmental influence on food preferences and related eating behaviours in infancy and early childhood. My research also focusses on the development of effective interventions to modify children’s food preferences and increase fruit and vegetable consumption.

Email: a.fildes@ucl.ac.uk

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2009 - 2010 - Research Assistant, Gemini study, HBRC, University College London.
  • 2010 - Present - Research Assistant, HabEat project, HBRC, University College London

Qualifications:

  • 2007 MA (Hons) Psychology, University of Edinburgh

PUBLICATIONS

  • Cooke, L., Fildes, A. (2011). The impact of flavour exposure in utero and during milk feeding on food acceptance at weaning and beyond. Appetite.
  • Fildes, A and L. Cooke (2012). "The munch bunch: healthy habits start at weaning." Journal of Family Health Care.
  • van Jaarsveld CHM, Llewellyn CH, Fildes A, Fisher A, & Wardle J. (2012). Are my twins identical? Parents may be misinformed by prenatal scan observations. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Fildes A, van Jaarsveld CHM, Wardle J. & Cooke L. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of mailed instructions for parent-administered exposure to increase pre-school children’s acceptance of vegetables. Submitted.

Alison Sizer >> Cognitive ageing / decline, Social determinants of health and Lifecourse epidemiology

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Cognitive ageing / decline
  • Social determinants of health
  • Lifecourse epidemiology

Current research:

Research indicates that unemployment is associated with health outcomes. It is possible that a similar association will exist in relation to cognitive decline, with those who have experienced unemployment for longer showing faster rates of cognitive decline. My current research will use longitudinal data from the National Health and Development Study (NHDS) to investigate the association between cognitive decline and unemployment, and also whether cognitive decline varies with the type of activity carried out when not in paid employment (e.g. in education/training; home maker; unemployed and actively looking for work; other).

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013 – 2016 ESRC studentship in Lifecourse Epidemiology, University College London

Qualifications:

  • MSc Social Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL.
  • MA Education and International Development , Institute of Education, University of London.
  • BSc Geography, St Andrews University

Anoop Shah  >>  Cardiovascular epidemiology, Natural language processing in electronic health record databases


anoopshah


RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Natural language processing in electronic health record databases

Current research:

In my PhD I am investigating the association between white blood cell counts and the incidence and prognosis of people with angina or heart attacks. I am using the CALIBER database of electronic health records from general practice linked to hospital data and death registrations.

Email: a.shah@ucl.ac.uk

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • Specialty Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology and General Medicine
  • Currently on a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Qualifications:

  • MB BS, MRCP, BSc (Intercal) Orthopaedic Science, MSc Medical Statistics

PUBLICATIONS

  • Shah, A. D., Martinez, C., & Hemingway, H. (2012). The Freetext Matching Algorithm: a computer program to extract diagnoses and causes of death from unstructured text in electronic health records. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 12(88). doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-88
  • Wang, Z., Shah, A. D., Tate, A. R., Denaxas, S., Shawe-Taylor, J., & Hemingway, H. (2012). Extracting Diagnoses and Investigation Results from Unstructured Text in Electronic Health Records by Semi-Supervised Machine Learning. PLoS ONE, 7(1), e30412. doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0030412
  • Shah, A., & Davenport, A. (2012). Does a reduction in dialysate sodium improve blood pressure control in haemodialysis patients? Nephrology (Carlton, Vic.), 17(4), 358–63. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1797.2012.01576.x
  • Hodnett, D., Wood, D. M., Raja, K., Dargan, P. I., & Shah, A. D. (2012). A healthy volunteer study to investigate trace element contamination of blood samples by stainless steel venepuncture needles. Clinical Toxicology, 50(2), 99–107. doi:10.3109/15563650.2011.654146
  • Shah, A. D., Nicholas, O., Timmis, A. D., Feder, G., Abrams, K. R., Chen, R., Hingorani, A. D., et al. (2011). Threshold Haemoglobin Levels and the Prognosis of Stable Coronary Disease: Two New Cohorts and a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS Medicine, 8(5), e1000439. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000439
  • Shah, A. D., Wood, D. M., & Dargan, P. I. (2011). Understanding lactic acidosis in paracetamol (acetaminophen) poisoning. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 71(1), 20–28. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03765.x
  • Shah, A. D., Wood, D. M., & Dargan, P. I. (2011). Survey of ICD-10 coding of hospital admissions in the UK due to recreational drug toxicity. QJM, 10, 1–6. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcr074
  • Shah, A. D., Watts, A. J. B., Mehta, A. B., & Wechalekar, A. D. (2010). An unusual case of transient dermatological reaction to bortezomib in AL amyloidosis. International Journal of Hematology, 91(1), 121–3. doi:10.1007/s12185-009-0460-9
  • Shah, A. D., Taylor, S. J. G., & Hua, J. (2006). Correlation of radiographic and telemetric data from massive implant fixations. Journal of Biomechanics, 39(7), 1304–14. doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2005.03.023
  • Shah, A. D., & Martinez, C. (2006). An algorithm to derive a numerical daily dose from unstructured text dosage instructions. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 15(3), 161–6. doi:10.1002/pds.1151

Amanda Hughes  >>  Health effects of unemployment, Social determinants of mental health, Role of inflammation in depression, Depression as a risk factor for cancer.

amandahughes

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Health effects of unemployment
  • Social determinants of mental health
  • The role of inflammation in depression
  • Depression as a risk factor for cancer

Current research:
My PhD investigates associations between current and former unemployment, inflammation and mental health in a middle-aged British population, using longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2012-2015: ESRC PhD studentship in Lifecourse Epidemiology, International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, University College London.


Qualifications:

  • 2011-2012: MSc Social Epidemiology, University College London (Distinction)
  • 2006-2009: BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology and History and Philosophy of Science), University College London (First Class)
Email: a.hughes.11@ucl.ac.uk

Bidyut Kanti Sarkar  >>  Tobacco control, Tobacco cessation, Health care delivery in low income communities

sarkar

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Tobacco control
  • Tobacco cessation interventions
  • Health care delivery in low income communities

Current research:

Title: A cluster randomised trial of a brief tobacco cessation intervention in low income communities, India. This is a community based randomised trial with two arms. The intervention arm is brief advice on quitting tobacco with a single session training on yogic breathing exercises and the control arm is very brief advice. The adult participants would be followed up at 4 weeks and 7 months after intervention. Primary outcome is self reported quitters validated by salivary cotinine estimation at the 7 month follow up and secondary outcome is self reported quitters at 4 weeks follow up.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • National Team Leader- Research, NPSP, WHO country office for India, New Delhi
  • National Team leader- Surveillance, NPSP, WHO country office for India, New Delhi

Qualifications:

  • MBBS, M.D (Preventive and Social Medicine)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Sarkar B.K and Reddy K.S. Priorities for tobacco control research in India. Addiction 2012;107 (12): 2066-68
  • Sarkar B.K, Arora M, Gupta V, Reddy K.S. Determinants of tobacco cessation behaviour among smokers and smokeless tobacco users in the states of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, India. Asia Pac J Can Prev 2013; 14 (3):1995-99
  • Shahab L, Sarkar B.K and West R. The acute effects of yogic breathing exercises on craving and withdrawal symptoms in abstaining smokers. Psychopharmacology 2013; 225(4):875-82
  • Sarkar B.K. Re: Gutkha wars: India toughens up on oral tobacco use.BMJ 2012;345.e8238/rr/619580
  • Jena P.K, Kishore J and Sarkar B.K. Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS): A case for change in definition, analysis and interpretation of “Cigarettes” and “Cigarettes per day” in completed and future GATS survey. Asia Pac J Can Prev 2013; 14 (5): 3209-3304
  • Sarkar B.K, Shahab L, Arora M, Ahluwalia J.S, Reddy K.S and West R. A cluster randomised trial of a brief tobacco cessation intervention in low income communities in India. Respiratory medicine 2013; 107;S5
  • Panda J, Persai D, Mathur M.R and Sarkar B.K. Perception and practices of physicians in addressing the smokeless tobacco epidemic: Findings from two states in India. Asia Pac J Can Prev 2013; 14 : In press

Carolina Perez Ferrer  >>  Social determinants of obesity, the nutrition transition in low and middle income countries, public health nutrition policy.

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Social determinants of nutrition outcomes in low and middle income countries
  • Other interests include analysis and evaluation of food and nutrition policy and the links between economic development and the epidemiologic and nutrition transitions


Current research:
Carolina’s PhD project looks at trends in socioeconomic inequalities in obesity from 1988 to 2006 in adult Mexican women. She uses three waves of nationally representative survey data.

BIOGRAPHY


Carolina obtained her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (2005) followed by an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2007). She then worked in the NHS (Lewisham PCT) managing a health promotion programme for three years. Carolina joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2010 to undertake her PhD under the supervision of Dr Eric Brunner and Dr Anne McMunn.

She is funded by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Pérez-Ferrer C, Lock K, Rivera J. Learning from international policies on Trans Fatty Acids to reduce cardiovascular disease in low and middle income countries: using Mexico as a case study. Health Policy and Planning, 2010; 25(1):39-49
  • Pérez Ferrer C. La nutrición del paciente con VIH/SIDA (HIV/AIDS and nutrition). In: Pérez Lizaur AB, Campos García M, Parra Carriedo A, editors. Casos clínicos para la enseñanza de la nutriología. México City: Universidad Iberoamericana; 2012 ISBN: 978-607-417-173-0
  • Gallo Reynoso S, Pérez Lizaur AB, Pérez Ferrer C. Alteraciones gastrointestinales y nutrición (Gastrointestinal disorders and nutrition). In: Casanueva E, Kaufer M, Pérez Lizaur AB, Arroyo P, editors. Nutriología Medica. 3rd edition. México City: Editorial Médica Panamericana; 2008 ISBN: 978-968-7988-74-0

Charlotte Allan >> Neuroimaging, Epidemiology, Ageing, Cardiovascular disease

charlotteallan


RESEARCH

Research interests:

MD (Res) Student

  • Neuroimaging
  • Epidemiology
  • Ageing
  • Cardiovascular disease

Current research:

Late-life depression is common and associated with significant morbidity and mortality. My research investigates the aetiology of late-life depression, focussing on the MRI correlates of depression and vascular risk. This is possible through collaboration between the Whitehall II Study, UCL and the Whitehall Imaging sub-study, University of Oxford.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  • Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford


Qualifications:

  • BA (hons), MBChB (hons), MRCPsych, FHEA


PUBLICATIONS

Valkanova V, Ebmeier KP, Allan CL. CRP, IL-6 and depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies Journal of Affective Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013, 150:736-44.

Allan CL and Ebmeier KP. Review of treatment for late-life depression. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 2013, 19:302-309.

Valkanova V, Rhodes F, and Allan CL. Diagnosing and managing autism in adults. The Practitioner, 2013, 257:13-16 .

Head, J, Stansfeld, SA, Ebmeier, KP, Geddes, JR, Allan, CL, Lewis, G, and Kivimäki, M. Use of self-administered instruments to assess psychiatric disorders in older people: validity of the General Health Questionnaire, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and the self-completion version of the revised Clinical Interview Schedule. Psychological Medicine. 2013, 14:1-8.

Allan CL, Behrman S, and Ebmeier KP. Early diagnosis beneficial in Alzheimer’s disease. The Practitioner, 2013, 257:15-18.

Sexton CE, Allan CL, Bradley KM, Herrmann LL, Kalu UG, McDermott L, LeMasurier M, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP. Network Disruption in Late-Life Depression Examined with Multi-Modal Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2012, 69:680-689.

Sexton CE, Le Masurier M, Allan CL, Jenkinson M, McDermott L, Kalu UG, Herrmann LL, Bradley KM, Mackay CE, and Ebmeier KP. Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Late-Life Depression: Vascular and Glucocorticoid Cascade Hypotheses. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2012, 201:46-51.

Kivimäki M, Shipley M, Allan CL, Sexton C, Jokela M, Virtanen M, Tiermeier H, Ebmeier KP, and Singh-Manoux, A. Vascular risk status as a predictor of late-life depressive symptoms: a cohort study. Biological Psychiatry, 2012, 72:324-30.

Sexton CE, McDermott L, Kalu UG, Herrmann LL, Bradley KM, Allan CL, Le Masurier M, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP. Exploring the pattern and neural correlates of neuropsychological impairment in late-life depression. Psychological Medicine, 2012, 42:1195-202.

Sexton CE, Allan CL, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP. White matter integrity within the corpus callosum differentiates late-life bipolar and unipolar depression. Bipolar Disorders, 2012, 14:790-1.

Allan CL, Ebmeier KP. Prophylaxis and treatment of bipolar disorder in older adults. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 2012, 37:E7-8.

Allan CL, Behrman S, Ebmeier KP. Primary care management of patients who self-harm. The Practitioner, 2012, 256:19-22.

Allan CL, Kalu UG, Sexton CE, Ebmeier KP. Re-appraisal: Transcranial Stimulation in depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2012, 200:10-11.

Allan CL, Sexton CE, Kalu UG, McDermott LM, Kivimäki M, Singh-Manoux A, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP. Does the Framingham Stroke Risk Profile predict white-matter changes in late-life depression? International Psychogeriatrics, 2011, 17:1-8.

Allan CL, Klaus P Ebmeier. The use of ECT and MST in treating depression. International Review of Psychiatry, 2011, 23:400-142.

Allan CL, Ebmeier KP. The influence of ApoE4 on clinical progression of dementia: a meta-analysis. International journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2011, 26:520-526.

Allan CL, Herrmann LL, Ebmeier KP. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the management of mood disorders. Neuropsychobiology, 2011, 64:163-169.

Allan CL, Sexton CE, Welchew D, Ebmeier KP. Imaging and biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. Maturitas, 2010, 65:138-142.

Allan CL, Cardno AG, Rijsdijk FV, Rijsdijk S, Framer A, Murray RM, McGuffin P. Twin study of illness history variables in psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 2009, 115:237-244.

Allan CL, Cardno AG, McGuffin P. Schizophrenia: from genes to phenes to disease. Current Psychiatry Reports, 2008, 10:339-343.

Claire Mawditt >> Health related behaviours, The social determinants of health, Mental health, Drug and Alcohol misuse, Lifecourse Epidemiology

clairemawditt


RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Health related behaviours
  • The social determinants of health
  • Mental health
  • Drug and Alcohol misuse
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology

Current research:

Research indicates that health behaviours (smoking, exercise, diet, alcohol) are strong indicators of health outcomes. It is possible that the co-occurrence of negative health behaviours will have a larger impact on physical and mental health outcomes than individually. My research will use longitudinal data from 2 birth cohort studies (National Child Development Study; 1970 British Cohort Study) to investigate how the co-occurrence of negative health behaviours lead to physical and mental health outcomes.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013 – 2016 ESRC studentship in Lifecourse Epidemiology, University College London.
  • 2012 – 2013 Research Associate, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 2009 – 2012 Substance Misuse Nurse, East London NHS Foundation Trust.
  • 2008 – 2009 Harm Reduction Worker, Drugs and Homeless Initiative.
  • 2007 – 2008 Staff Nurse, Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Qualifications:

  • 2011 – 2013 MSc Social Epidemiology, University College London.
  • 2004 – 2007 BSc(Hons) Mental Health Nursing, University of the West of England. 

EMAIL: claire.mawditt.11@ucl.ac.uk

Claudia Hunot  >>  Adolescent eating behaviour, Weight loss treatments in the management of obesity in adolescents & adults.

Claudia Hunot

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Adolescent eating behaviour
  • Weight loss treatments in the management of obesity in adolescents and adults

Current research:

Matching treatments to patients in obesity management” and the “Development of the adolescent and adult version (AEBQ) of the Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (CEBQ)

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • Present: First year PhD student (2012) at the Health Behaviour Research Centre –UCL.
  • 2006 – 2008: Director of the Nutrition Degree. University Centre for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara, México.
  • 1998  to present: Academic staff at the Department of Human Reproduction and Infant Growth and Development, University Centre for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara, México.
  • 1997 -2002: Director of the Nutrition Degree.  University Centre for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara, México.

Qualifications

  • 2001: MSc in Human Nutrition with maternal infant orientation University Centre for Health Sciences, University of Guadalajara, México.
  • 1997: Licenciatura en Nutrición. UNIVA, Guadalajara, México.
  • 1990: BSc in Basic Medical Sciences and Nutrition, King´s College London.
Professional Memberships

Member of the American Overseas Dietetic Association, affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Denes Stefler >> Cardiovascular disease epidemiology, Nutritional epidemiology, Infectious disease epidemiology, Health inequalities in Europe

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Health inequalities in Europe

Current research:

Unhealthy diet, particularly low levels of fruit and vegetable consumption is proposed as an important reason for the high cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Former Soviet Union (FSU). However, individual-level nutritional data in CEE/FSU are sparse, as are comparisons with Western European populations. In my PhD I investigate the consumptions of fruits and vegetables, micronutrient intakes, dietary patterns and their associations with CVD in populations of the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and the UK.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2011 - : British Heart Foundation funded PhD student at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
  • 2007-2010: Institute doctor/ Assistant lecturer at the Department of Public Health Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Pécs (Hungary)
  • 2004-2007: Resident (Junior) doctor at the Kaposi Mór County Hospital, Kaposvar (Hungary)

Qualifications:

  • 2011: MSc Social Epidemiology, UCL
  • 2009: Specialist of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Pecs (Hungary)
  • 2004: Doctor of General Medicine, University of Pecs (Hungary) 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Stefler D, Ember I.: A morbiditas es vilagmeretu foldrajzi kulonbsegei [Global variation of morbidity] In: Ember I, Pal V, Toth J.(eds): Egeszsegfoldrajz [Health Geography] 2013 pp. 183-199. (in Hungarian) (Book chapter)
  • Stefler D, Bhopal R.: Lessons to be learnt from other countries about mandatory child vaccination. BMJ. 2012;344:e4036.
  • Stefler D, Bhopal R, Fischbacher C.: Might the burden of infection hypothesis help explain the high CHD risk in South Asians?: comparison of prevalence with White populations. Public Health 2012;126(5):397-409.
  • Molnar K, Melles M, Rodler I, Stefler D, Ember I.: Calicivirus outbreaks in Hungary. Acta Alimentaria 2011;40(4):417-425.
  • Stefler D, Bhopal R.: Comparison of the Hungarian and Scottish communicable disease control systems: Lessons for a convergent European Community. Public Health 2010; 124:167-173
  • Stefler D.: Az 1918-as spanyolnátha járvány epidemiológiai jellegzetességei, és a kórokozó feltámasztása a 21. században [Epidemiological features of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and the "resurrection" of the virus in the 21st century] Magyar Epidemiológia/Hungarian Epidemiology 2007; 4(2):99-105 (in Hungarian)
  • Reuter G, Pankovics P, Stefler D, Löveyné MÁ,Varga E, Kiss G, Szűcs M, Fekete Zs, Szűcs Gy: Hepatitis A járvány a Dél-Dunántúlon: molekuláris összefüggések, epidemiológiai következtetések - 2006 [Hepatitis A outbreak in Transdanubia (Hungary): molecular connections and epidemiological conclusions - 2006] Orvosi Hetilap 2007; 148(22):1023-31 (in Hungarian)

Elaine Douglas >> Cancer prevention and screening, Social inequalities in health and Community health psychology

elaine douglas

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Social inequalities in health
  • Community health psychology

Current research:

My doctoral research is on the mechanisms of socioeconomic status (SES) and cervical cancer outcomes. My research explores factors associated with lower screening coverage for women of lower SES. This will also include research of attendance at colposcopy (where women may be referred for further tests or treatment following an abnormal screening result) to evaluate possible associations with SES and to address potential explanatory factors.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2011 – Research Worker, Promoting Early Presentation Group, King’s College London
  • 2010 -2011 – Research Worker, Centre for Applications of Health Psychology, University of Southampton
  • 2007 – Research Assistant, Hinshaw Lab, Psychology Department, University of California, Berkeley

Qualifications:

  • 2009: MSc Health, Community & Development, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics
  • 2008: BSc Psychology, University of Stirling

PUBLICATIONS

  • Waller, J., Douglas, E., Whitaker, K.L., Wardle, J. Women 's responses to information about overdiagnosis in the UK breast cancer screening programme: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 2013: 3 (4).
  • Forster AS, Forbes LJ, Abraham C, Warburton FG, Douglas E, Ramirez AJ. Promoting early presentation of breast cancer: a preliminary evaluation of a written intervention. Chronic Illness 2013: 0(0), 1-13.
  • Little P, Stuart B, Francis N, Douglas E, et al GRACE consortium. Effects of internet-based training on antibiotic prescribing rates for acute respiratory-tract infections: a multinational, cluster, randomised, factorial, controlled trial. Lancet. 2013;382(9899):1175–1182.
  • Yardley L, Douglas E, Anthierens S, Tonkin-Crine S, O Reilly G, Stuart B, Geraghty AW, Arden-Close E, van der Velden AW, Goosens H, Verheij TJ, Butler CC, Francis NA, Little P. Evaluation of a web-based intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing for LRTI in six European countries: quantitative process analysis of the GRACE/INTRO randomised controlled trial. Implementation Science, 2013;8(1):134.
  • Anthierens S, Tonkin-Crine S, Douglas E, Fernandez-Vandellos P, Krawczyk J, et al. General practitioners’ views on the acceptability and applicability of a web-based intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute cough in multiple European countries: a qualitative study prior to a randomised trial. BMC Family Practice, 2012: 13:101

Emma Lucy Low  >>  Public awareness of gynaecological cancer symptoms and risk factors, Delay in medical help-seeking for cancer and early diagnosis of gynaecological cancers


Low

RESEARCH


Research interests:

  • Awareness of symptoms and risk factors for cancer
  • Understanding barriers to help-seeking for symptoms of cancer
  • Understanding reasons for delay in help-seeking for symptoms of cancers
  • Early diagnosis of cancer
  • Gynaecological cancers

Current research:

Currently I am in the final year of my PhD. I am completing writing up a study which explored the prevalence of symptoms potentially indicative of a gynaecological cancer in UK women and help-seeking for symptoms. I am also collecting data for my final study. This is a qualitative interview study exploring help-seeking in women with symptoms potentially indicative of a gynaecological cancer symptom.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2010 – Present: PhD Student (IMPACT Studentship), University College London, London
  • 2010 – 2010: Research Assistant, UCL School of Pharmacy, London
  • 2008 – 2009: Non-Clinical Researcher, KCL Dental Institute, London
  • 2006 – 2008: Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry & KCL Dental Institute, London
  • 2006 – 2007: Research Assistant, Department of Health Psychology, Guy's Hospital, London

Qualifications:

  • 2008 – 2009 MSc Health Psychology, University College London
  • 2002 – 2005 BSc Psychology, Hull University

PUBLICATIONS

  • Low EL, Waller J, Menon U, Jones A, Reid F and Simon AE (2013) Ovarian cancer symptom awareness and anticipated time to help-seeking for symptoms among UK women, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 39(3), 163-171
  • Low EL, Simon AE, Waller J, Wardle J and Menon U (2013) Experience of symptoms indicative of gynaecological cancers in UK women, British Journal of Cancer (In Press)
  • Low EL, Simon AE, Lyons J, Romney-Alexander D and Waller J (2012) What do British women know about cervical cancer symptoms and risk factors? European Journal of Cancer, 48, 3001-3008
  • Scott SE, Khwaja M, Low EL, Weinman J, Grunfeld, EA (2012) A randomised controlled trial of a pilot intervention to encourage early presentation of oral cancer in high risk groups, Patient Education and Counseling, 88(2), 241-248
  • Scambler S, Low E, Zoitopoulos and Gallagher JE (2011) Professional attitudes towards disability in special care dentistry, Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 12(2), 51-58
  • Grunfeld EA, Low E, & Cooper AF (2010) Cancer survivors' and employers' perceptions of working following cancer treatment, Occupational Medicine, 60(8), 611-617

Emma Norris >> Physical activity and sedentary behaviour, Technological behaviour change, Transport choices and Nutritional intake

emmanorris

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Technological behaviour change
  • Transport choices
  • Nutritional intake

Current research:

Evidence suggests reduced levels of physical activity in children over recent years. My current research is examining the efficacy of Virtual Field Trip (VFT) interventions in increasing primary school children’s physical activity. I aim to assess if such technological interventions can be delivered whilst also maintaining core learning outcomes. As part of this multi-disciplinary project, I fully develop and evaluate these trips using quantitative methods including accelerometry data and questionnaires.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013 – Present: CRUCIBLE PhD studentship in Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL (full time)
  • 2013 - Present: PhD student tutor at the Brilliant Club (part-time)

Past:

  • 2012: Cochrane Systematic Review Assistant (part-time)
  • 2012: NHS Start2Quit Study Telephone Interviewer, UCL (part time)

Qualifications:

  • 2011 – 2012: MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), University College London
  • 2006 – 2010: BSc Psychology (First Class), Brunel University

PUBLICATIONS

  • Norris, E. & Myers, L. (2013). Determinants of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use in UK motorcyclists: Exploratory research applying an extended theory of planned behaviour. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 60, 219-230.

Gemma Archer  >>  Early life adversity, psychiatric disorder, wellbeing, mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation, heart-rate variability, psychobiology


Archer

RESEARCH


Research interests:

  • Early life adversity
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Wellbeing
  • Mortality
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Inflammation
  • Heart-rate variability
  • Psychobiology

Current research:

There is evidence that psychiatric disorder is a risk factor for mortality which is not explained by suicide, socio-economic status, or health behaviours such as smoking or alcohol consumption. My research will use the 1946 birth cohort to explore the relationship between lifetime affective symptoms and mortality. I will examine the extent to which this relationship can be accounted for by poor physical health, and the potential ‘upstream’ effects of childhood adversity. The association between affective symptoms and autonomic and immune function will also be assessed.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2011 – 2016 ESRC studentship in Lifecourse Epidemiology, University College London.
  • 2007 – 2008 Research Assistant, The Centre for Mindfulness-based Education, Brighton.
  • 2005 – 2006 Research Assistant, Department of Developmental Psychology, University of Sussex.

Qualifications:

  • 2012 MSc Social Epidemiology, UCL (Distinction)
  • 2005 BSc Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex (1st class)

Geordan Shannon >> Gender equity, Health and human rights, Indigenous Australian health, Social determinants of health, Global health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sexual and reproductive health

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Gender equity
  • Health and human rights
  • Indigenous Australian health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Global health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Sexual and reproductive health

Current research:

Gender is an increasingly recognised determinant of health for both women and men globally. Achieving gender equity is integral to and indivisible from realising universal human rights. My proposed research will enhance the field of gender, health and human rights through a critical analysis of current public health and development measures of gender equity through comparison of temporal trends in gender equity measures with selected health outcomes within a region. The field site will be determined in consultation with my advisors, Professors Groce and Biddulph, but will target either Nepal or Aboriginal communities in Australia, depending on findings and availability of data sets. This research will be undertaken utilising mixed methodology research techniques to examine population-specific impact of current gender equity legislation and how this influences individual empowerment and community health outcomes and will generate proposed improvements to current gender equity indices, incorporating qualitative information derived from population research to inform ways in which to improve the sensitivity and specificity of internationally applied gender equity measurements.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013 - present: PhD student, University College London (UCL Overseas Research Scholarship)
  • 2013 - present: Global Health Gateway, Australia. Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator.
  • 2009 - 2013: Medical Officer, Australia.
  • 2011-2013: Human Rights Watch, London. Volunteer researcher, Women’s Rights Division.
  • 2012-2013: Katherine Hospital, Rural medical officer and GP Obstetrician
  • 2012: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar
  • 2010: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynaecology House Officer
  • 2009: Nambour General Hospital, Intern

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University College London, 2013-2017

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health and Epidemiology

  • University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-12

Advanced Certificate in Health and Human Rights

  • University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2011

Easter school in Maternal and Child Public Health

  • University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2010-2011

Master of Philosophy in Public Health

Tom Davies Prize for top of course in Public Health and Epidemiology

  • University of Newcastle, New South Wales, 2004-2008

Bachelor of Medicine degree with Distinction (equivalent to first class honours), 2009

Rural Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme: Northern Territory, 2006 and 2008

PUBLICATIONS

· G Shannon, C Alberg, L Nacul, N Pashayan. Preconception care and congenital disorders (part one): Effectiveness of preconception care programs in the prevention of congenital disorders (accepted for publication October 2013, Journal of Maternal and Child Health)

· G Shannon, C Alberg, L Nacul, N Pashayan. Preconception care and congenital disorders (part two): Exploring the delivery of preconception healthcare models at a population level (accepted for publication September 2013, Journal of Maternal and Child Health)

· G Shannon, C Alberg, L Nacul, N Pashayan. Preconception health care and congenital disorders: mathematical modelling of the impact of a preconception care programme on congenital disorders. BJOG. 2013;120(5):555-66

· G Shannon, L Katzlenick, D Im, O H Franco. Millennium Development Goal Three: Evaluating gender equity in South Asia. Women Health. 2013;53(3):217-43

· G Shannon, N Pashayan, O H Franco. Cervical Cancer in Indigenous women: the case of Australia. Maturitas. 2011: 70(3);234-245

· AB Lopez, G Shannon, OH Franco. Is there a role for vitamin D on prevention of diabetes and metabolic syndrome? Practical Diabetes International. 2011:28(2);54-55

G Shannon, R Sekar, R Kimble. Septic shock following cervical cerclage for advanced cervical dilation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2011:51(5);469-470

Ildiko Tombor >> Health Psychology, Smoking, Smoking cessation interventions, Digital behaviour change interventions

ildiko tombor


RESEARCH

Research interests:

· Health Psychology

· Smoking

· Smoking cessation interventions

· Digital behaviour change interventions

Current research:

My research interest is primarily in smoking and smoking cessation in pregnancy. Currently, I am working on the development of a theory driven, evidence-based digital smoking cessation intervention package: a website and a smartphone app for pregnant smokers. In addition, I am looking at the role smoker identity plays in cigarette addiction.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

2011-present: PhD Student, Health Behaviour Research Centre, Tobacco Research Group

Qualifications:

2009: M.A. Psychology, Eotvos Lorand University

2009: M.A. Teacher of Psychology, Eotvos Lorand University

PUBLICATIONS

Tombor, I., Shahab, L., Brown, J., West, R. (under review). Positive smoker identity as a barrier to quitting smoking: findings from a national survey of smokers in England.

Brose, L. S., Tombor, I., Shahab, L., West, R. (2013). The effect of reducing the threshold for carbon-monoxide validation of smoking abstinence - Evidence from the English Stop Smoking Services. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 10, 2529-2531.doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.04.006

Tombor, I., Urbán, R. (2012). [Smoking cessation intervention methods in pregnancy] [Book chapter in Hungarian] In Demetrovics, Zs., Urbán, R., Rigó, A., Oláh, A. (Eds.). Az Egészségpszichológia elmélete és alkalmazása I-II., ELTE Eötvös Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary. ISBN: 9789633121061

Vajer, P., Urbán, R., Tombor, I., Stauder, A., Kalabay, L. (2011). Psychometric properties and construct validity of the Brief Wisconsin Inventory of Smoking Dependence Motives in an Internet-based sample of treatment-seeking Hungarian smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13, 4, 273-281. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntq254

Tombor, I., Urbán, R., Berkes, T., Demetrovics, Zs. (2010). Denial of smoking-related risk among pregnant smokers. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica, 89, 4, 524-530. doi: 10.3109/00016341003678427

Tombor, I., Paksi, B., Urbán, R., Kun, B., Arnold, P., Rózsa, S. (2010). Epidemiology of smoking in the Hungarian population, based on national representative data. Clinical and Experimental Medical Journal, 5, 1, 27-37. doi: 10.1556/CEMEd.4.2010.28817

Tombor, I., Urbán, R. (2010). [Towards the integration of the three approaches to nicotine dependence] [in Hungarian]. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 65, 2, 321-341. doi: 10.1556/MPSzle.65.2010.2.9

Tombor, I., Paksi, B., Urbán, R., Kun, B., Arnold, P., Rózsa, S. (2010). [Epidemiology of smoking in Hungary - a national representative study] [in Hungarian]. Orvosi Hetilap, 151, 9, 330-337. doi: 10.1556/OH.2010.28817

Joshua Bell >> Obesity; metabolic health; physical activity; sedentary behaviour; type 2 diabetes

joshuabell

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Obesity
  • Metabolic health
  • Physical activity 
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Type 2 diabetes

Current research:

Intense interest surrounds the ‘metabolically healthy’ obese phenotype; however, little is known about its development and progression over time. This project investigates behavioural determinants of healthy obesity, and associations with risk of adverse metabolic change and incident type 2 diabetes using repeat clinical measures from the Whitehall II cohort study of British civil servants and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Long-term prospective evidence on the nature of this phenotype may help clarify its conceptual validity and clinical value, and inform novel strategies to prevent chronic disease in adult populations.

Email: joshua.bell.11@ucl.ac.uk

BIOGRAPHY

Qualifications:

  • 2012 - Present: ESRC PhD Epidemiology & Public Health - University College London, UK 
  • 2011 - 2012: MSc Social Epidemiology - University College London, UK 
  • 2007 - 2011: BSc (Honours) Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour -  McMaster University, Canada

PUBLICATIONS

Bell, J.A., Hamer, M., Batty, G.D., Singh-Manoux, A., Sabia, S., Kivimaki, M. (2014) Combined effect of physical activity and leisure-time sitting on long-term risk of incident obesity and metabolic risk factor clustering. Diabetologia DOI 10.1007/s00125-014-3323-8.

Hagger-Johnson, G., Hamer, M., Stamatakis, E., Bell, J.A., Shahab, L., Batty, G.D. (2014) Association between sitting time in midlife and common mental disorder symptoms: Whitehall II prospective cohort study. Journal of Psychiatric Research DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2014.04.023.

Bell, J.A., Hamer, M., Shankar, A. (2014) Gender-specific associations of objective and perceived neighborhood characteristics with body mass index and waist circumference among older adults in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Am J Public Health 104 (7): 1279-1286.

Bell, J.A., Kivimaki, M., Batty, G.D., Hamer, M. (2014) Metabolically healthy obesity: What is the role of sedentary behaviour? Prev Med 62: 35-37.

Bell, J.A., Kivimaki, M., Hamer, M. (2014) Metabolically healthy obesity and risk of incident type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Obes Rev 15 (6): 504-515.

Hamer, M., Brunner, E., Bell, J., Batty, G.D., Shipley, M., Akbaraly, T., Singh-Manoux, A., Kivimaki, M. (2013) Physical activity patterns over 10 years in relation to body mass index and waist circumference: The Whitehall II cohort study. Obesity (Silver Spring) 21 (12): E755-E761.

Joshua Wallace >> Electronic health records, Longitudinal modelling of chronic disease, Translational research

joshuawallace

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Electronic health records
  • Longitudinal modelling of chronic disease
  • Translational research

Current Research:

In my current research I am investigating the risk factors for development of atrial fibrillation, a common cardiac arrhythmia, and the prognosis of patients after diagnosis using combined electronic health records from routine care.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

2008-2009 Biostatistican, Hôpital Bichat (Paris) : Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Clinical Research

2010-2012 Medical Statistician, University of Oxford : Department of Psychiatry / National Health Service : Warneford Hospital

Qualifications:

2004 BSc (Hons 2.1), University of Sydney

2012 Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney

2009 Master II in Research Methods for Public Health, University of Paris

PUBLICATIONS

Risk score to predict serious bleeding in stable outpatients with or at risk of atherothrombosis. Ducrocq G, Wallace JS, Baron G, Ravaud P, Alberts MJ, Wilson PW, Ohman EM, Brennan DM, D'Agostino RB, Bhatt DL, Steg PG; REACH Investigators. Eur Heart J. 2010 May;31(10):1257-65. Epub 2010 Feb 24.

Preoperative statin treatment is associated with reduced postoperative mortality after isolated cardiac valve surgery in high-risk patients. Allou N, Augustin P, Dufour G, Tini L, Ibrahim H, Dilly MP, Montravers P, Wallace J, Provenchère S, Philip I. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2010 Dec;24(6):921-6. Epub 2010 Jul 17.

Volatile organic compounds as biomarkers of bladder cancer: Sensitivity and specificity using trained sniffer dogs. Willis CM, Britton LE, Harris R, Wallace J, Guest CM. Cancer Biomark. 2010-2011;8(3):145-53.

Facilitated Integrated Mood Management for adults with bipolar disorder. Miklowitz DJ, Price J, Holmes EA, Rendell J, Bell S, Budge K, Christensen J, Wallace J, Simon J, Armstrong NM, McPeake L, Goodwin GM, Geddes JR. Bipolar Disord. 2012 Mar;14(2):185-97.

Kate Williams  >>  Health behaviour change in cancer survivors, Quality of life in cancer survivors, Development and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions


Williams

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Health behaviour change in cancer survivors
  • Quality of life in cancer survivors
  • Development and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions

Current research:

I am using data from an epidemiological cohort study (the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing) to explore the psychological and behavioural impact of a cancer diagnosis. I am also exploring the views of patients, oncologists and the public in relation to doctors giving lifestyle advice to cancer patients.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2011 – Present     Cancer Research UK PhD Student
  • 2009 – 2011         Research Assistant, Pfizer Ltd

Qualifications:

  • 2009 MSc Health Psychology, University College London
  • 2008 BSc Psychology, University of Kent

PUBLICATIONS

  • Williams, K., Stepoe, A., & Wardle, J. (2013). Is a cancer diagnosis a trigger for health behaviour change? Findings from a prospective, population-based study. British Journal of Cancer, doi: 10.1038/bjc.2013.254
  • Williams, K., Beeken, R. J., & Wardle, J. (2013). Health behaviour advice to cancer patients: the perspective of social network members. British Journal of Cancer, 108(4), 831-5 doi:10.1038/bjc.2013.38
  • Williams, K., & Hamilton-West, K. (2013). University students’ help-seeking intentions for the symptoms of meningitis: An application of the theory of planned behaviour. Health Psychology Update.
  • Williams, K., Frei, A., Vetsch, A., Dobbels, F., Puhan, M., & Rüdell, K. (2012). Patient-reported physical activity questionnaires: A systematic review of content and format. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10:28. doi:10.1186/1477-7525-10-28
  • Symonds, T., Abraham, L., Bushmakin, A., Williams, K., Martin, M., & Cappelleri, J. C. (2012). Sexual Function Questionnaire: further refinement and validation. Journal of Sexual Medicine. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02627.x
  • Frei, A., Williams, K., Vetsch, A., Dobbels, F., Jacobs, L., Rüdell, K., & Puhan, M. (2011). A comprehensive systematic review of the development process of 104 patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for physical activity in chronically ill and elderly people. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 9:116. doi:10.1186/1477-7525-9-116
  • Williams, K., Forster, A., Marlow, L., Waller, J. (2011). Attitudes towards human papillomavirus vaccination: a qualitative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated girls aged 17-18 years. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 37(1), 22-25. doi:10.1136/jfprhc.2010.0017.

Lauren Bird >> Gender issues, attitudes and behaviours. Social inequalities in health and development.   

laurenbird

RESEARCH

Research interests:

· Gender issues, attitudes and behaviours

· Social inequalities in health and development

· Child social-emotional and cognitive development

· Family structures and parenting

· Work-life balance

· Interdisciplinary methodology, theory and applications to health research

· Postcolonial studies, cultural studies, globalisation, multiculturalism, gender, class

Current research:

Investigating the gendered division of labour and childcare practices in families and children’s developmental outcomes. A principal focus is understanding how different divisions of paid and unpaid labour within families impacts parent’s mental health and wellbeing and children’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development outcomes.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:
2012 ERC PhD studentship


Qualifications:

2012 MSc Demography and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2008 MA Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2007 (Hon. BA) History, University of Toronto (Distinction)

Lindsay Kobayashi  >>  Cancer prevention & screening, Social inequalities in health, Social influences on cancer preventive behaviours, Health equity

Kobayashi

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Social inequalities in health
  • Social influences on cancer preventive behaviours
  • Health equity

Current research:

My doctoral research is on the role of health literacy on cancer preventive behaviours among older adults. I am investigating how the cognitive, health, and social changes experienced during ageing may impact health literacy, and how health literacy in turn may influence cancer preventive and screening behaviours among older adults. The ultimate objective of my research is to ensure that literacy is not a barrier to maintenance of good health during the ageing process.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2008 – 2012: Research Assistant, Division of Cancer Care and Epidemiology, Queen’s Cancer Research Institute, Queen’s University, Canada

Qualifications:

  • 2012: MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen’s University, Canada
  • 2010: BScH in Life Sciences, Queen’s University, Canada

PUBLICATIONS

  • Kobayashi LC, Wardle J, von Wagner C. Limited health literacy is a barrier to colorectal cancer screening in England: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Prev Med (in press).
  • Kobayashi LC, Janssen I, Richardson H, Lai AS, Spinelli JJ, Aronson KJ. A case-control study of lifetime light intensity physical activity and breast cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control 2014;25(1):133-40.
  • Wallingford S, Jones G, Kobayashi LC, Grundy A, Miao Q, Tranmer J, Aronson KJ. UV and dietary predictors of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations among young working nurses and implications for bone density and skin cancer. Public Health Nutr 2013;9:1-8.
  • Kobayashi LC, Janssen I, Richardson H, Lai AS, Spinelli JJ, Aronson KJ. Moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity across the life course and risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2013;139:851-61.
  • Kobayashi LC, Limburg H, Miao Q, Bedard L, Woolcott C, Massey TE, Aronson KJ. Folate intake, alcohol consumption, and the methylenetetrahydrofolate (MTHFR) C677T gene polymorphism: influence on prostate cancer risk and interactions. Front Oncol 2012;2:100 doi: 10.3389/fonc.2012.00100.
  • Kobayashi LC. The future of primary cancer prevention in Canada: Reaching for every ounce of prevention means reaching for equity. Health Science Inquiry 2011;2:52-3.

Lizzy Leigh  >>  Social support and marital functioning, Caregiving, Coronary heart disease, Stress & health

Leigh

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Social support and marital functioning
  • Caregiving
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stress and health

Current research:

My PhD aims to identify the impact of features of marital and social relationships of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery patients on their physical recovery and psychological adaptation after surgery. It also aims to identify the impact of a cardiac event (acute coronary syndrome or CABG surgery) on the psychological and physical health of the partners of the patients.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • July 08 – Oct 09 – research assistant, Unit of Behavioural Medicine, UCL
  • Nov 09 – Aug 10 – research assistant, Psychobiology Group, Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL

Qualifications:

  • 2007 – BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Nottingham, First Class
  • 2008 – MSc Health Psychology, University College London, Merit

PUBLICATIONS

  • Steptoe, A., Leigh, E. S., Kumari, M. (2011) Positive affect and distressed affect over the day in older people, Psychology and Aging, 26 (4) 956-965.
  • Leigh, E. S., Wikman, A., Randall, G., Molloy, G., Steptoe, A. (under review) The psychological predictors of long-term distress in partners of patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome.

Melanie Lacey >> Health related behaviors, Alcohol use, Life course epidemiology, Relationships between mental and physical health, Chronic disease, Genetics

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Health related behaviours
  • Alcohol use
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Relationships between mental and physical health
  • Chronic disease
  • Genetics

Current research:

My work is investigating the relationship between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular outcomes. The current evidence base lacks an understanding of the effects that varying patterns of alcohol consumption across the life-course have on cardiovascular outcomes, and how these relationships are mediated through biochemical pathways. My work will use repeated measures of alcohol consumption from a number of different prospective cohort studies, to investigate the association between trajectories of alcohol consumption and changes in biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:
2013- present: ERC funded PhD student

2012-2013: Research Assistant, The University of Nottingham, ADDUCE study.

2006-2011: Business analyst, project manager: Accenture, Tesco.


Qualifications:

2012 MSc Epidemiology (Distinction), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
2005 BSc(hons) Human Genetics (First class), The University of Nottingham.

PUBLICATIONS

Disanto G, Morahan JM, Lacey MV, DeLuca GC, Giovannoni G, Ebers GC, Ramagopalan SV. Seasonal distribution of psychiatric births in England. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34866. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

Pakpoor J, Disanto G, Lacey MV, Hellwig K, Giovannoni G, Ramagopalan SV. Breastfeeding and multiple sclerosis relapses: a meta-analysis. J Neurol. 2012 May 23.

Michael Holmes  >>  Cardiovascular epidemiology, Genetic epidemiology, Mendelian randomization, Alcohol and cardiovascular disease, Pharmacogenetics


Holmes

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Mendelian randomization
  • Alcohol and cardiovascular disease
  • Pharmacogenetics

Current research:

The principle project for my thesis is use of Mendelian randomization to investigate the role of alcohol in cardiovascular disease. Other projects include use of genes to validate drug targets and stratify medicines (pharmacogenetics).

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2009-2013 MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship
  • 2012+: Associate Editor Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • 2005-2009: Integrated Academic Training Pathway (National Health System)

Qualifications:

  • MSc Epidemiology (Distinction), MRCP, MBBS (Distinction), BSc Hons (1st class)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Shah S, Casas JP, Drenos F, Whittaker J, Deanfield J, Swerdlow DI, Holmes MV, Kivimaki M, Langenberg C, Wareham N, Gertow K, Sennblad B, Strawbridge RJ,Baldassarre D, Veglia F, Tremoli E, Gigante B, de Faire U, Kumari M, Talmud PJ,Hamsten A, Humphries SE, Hingorani AD. Causal relevance of blood lipid fractions in the development of carotid atherosclerosis: mendelian randomization analysis. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2013 Feb 1;6(1):63-72. doi:10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.112.963140. Epub 2012 Dec 28. PubMed PMID: 23275344.
  • Harrison SC, Smith AJ, Jones GT, Swerdlow DI, Rampuri R, Bown MJ; on behalf of the Aneurysm Consortium, Folkersen L, Baas AF, de Borst GJ, Blankensteijn JD, Price JF, van der Graaf Y, McLachlan S, Agu O, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Franco-Cereceda A, Ruigrok YM, Van't Hof FN, Powell JT, van Rij AM, Casas JP, Eriksson P, Holmes MV, Asselbergs FW, Hingorani AD, Humphries SE. Interleukin-6 receptor pathways in abdominal aortic aneurysm. Eur Heart J. 2012 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23111417.
  • Swerdlow DI, Holmes MV, Kuchenbaecker KB, Engmann JE, Shah T, Sofat R, Guo Y, Chung C, Peasey A, Pfister R, Mooijaart SP, Ireland HA, Leusink M, Langenberg C, Li K, Palmen J, Howard P, Cooper JA, Drenos F, Hardy J, Nalls MA, Li YR, Lowe G, Stewart M, Bielinski SJ, Peto J, Timpson NJ, Gallacher J, Dunlop M, Houlston R, Tomlinson I, Tzoulaki I, Luan J, Boer JM, Forouhi NG, Onland-Moret NC, van der Schouw YT, Schnabel RB, Hubacek JA, Kubinova R, Baceviciene M, Tamosiunas A, Pajak A, Topor-Madry R, Malyutina S, Baldassarre D, Sennblad B, Tremoli E, de Faire U, Ferrucci L, Bandenelli S, Tanaka T, Meschia JF, Singleton A, Navis G, Mateo Leach I, Bakker SJ, Gansevoort RT, Ford I, Epstein SE, Burnett MS, Devaney JM, Jukema JW, Westendorp RG, de Borst GJ, van der Graaf Y, de Jong PA, Maitland-van der Zee AH, Klungel OH, de Boer A, Doevendans PA, Stephens JW, Eaton CB, Robinson JG, Manson JE, Fowkes FG, Frayling TM, Price JF, Whincup PH, Morris RW, Lawlor DA, Smith GD, Ben-Shlomo Y, Redline S, Lange LA, Kumari M, Wareham NJ, Verschuren WM, Benjamin EJ, Whittaker JC, Hamsten A, Dudbridge F, Delaney JA, Wong A, Kuh D, Hardy R, Castillo BA, Connolly JJ, van der Harst P, Brunner EJ, Marmot MG, Wassel CL, Humphries SE, Talmud PJ, Kivimaki M, Asselbergs FW, Voevoda M, Bobak M, Pikhart H, Wilson JG, Hakonarson H, Reiner AP, Keating BJ, Sattar N. The interleukin-6 receptor as a target for prevention of coronary heart disease: a mendelian randomisation analysis. Lancet. 2012 Mar 31;379(9822):1214-24. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60110-X. Epub 2012 Mar 14.
  • Asselbergs FW, Guo Y, van Iperen EP, Sivapalaratnam S, Tragante V, Lanktree MB, Lange LA, Almoguera B, Appelman YE, Barnard J, Baumert J, Beitelshees AL, Bhangale TR, Chen YD, Gaunt TR, Gong Y, Hopewell JC, Johnson T, Kleber ME, Langaee TY, Li M, Li YR, Liu K, McDonough CW, Meijs MF, Middelberg RP, Musunuru K, Nelson CP, O'Connell JR, Padmanabhan S, Pankow JS, Pankratz N, Rafelt S, Rajagopalan R, Romaine SP, Schork NJ, Shaffer J, Shen H, Smith EN, Tischfield SE, van der Most PJ, van Vliet-Ostaptchouk JV, Verweij N, Volcik KA, Zhang L, Bailey KR, Bailey KM, Bauer F, Boer JM, Braund PS, Burt A, Burton PR, Buxbaum SG, Chen W, Cooper-Dehoff RM, Cupples LA, deJong JS, Delles C, Duggan D, Fornage M, Furlong CE, Glazer N, Gums JG, Hastie C, Holmes MV, Illig T, Kirkland SA, Kivimaki M, Klein R, Klein BE, Kooperberg C, Kottke-Marchant K, Kumari M, LaCroix AZ, Mallela L, Murugesan G, Ordovas J, Ouwehand WH, Post WS, Saxena R, Scharnagl H, Schreiner PJ, Shah T, Shields DC, Shimbo D, Srinivasan SR, Stolk RP, Swerdlow DI, Taylor HA Jr, Topol EJ, Toskala E, van Pelt JL, van Setten J, Yusuf S, Whittaker JC, Zwinderman AH; LifeLines Cohort Study, Anand SS, Balmforth AJ,Berenson GS, Bezzina CR, Boehm BO, Boerwinkle E, Casas JP, aulfield MJ, Clarke R, Connell JM, Cruickshanks KJ, Davidson KW, Day IN, de Bakker PI, Doevendans PA,Dominiczak AF, Hall AS, Hartman CA, Hengstenberg C, Hillege HL, Hofker MH, Humphries SE, Jarvik GP, Johnson JA, Kaess BM, Kathiresan S, Koenig W,  Lawlor DA,März W, Melander O, Mitchell BD, Montgomery GW, Munroe PB, Murray SS, Newhouse SJ, Onland-Moret NC, Poulter N, Zsaty B, Redline S, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Schunkert H, Sever P, Shuldiner AR, Silverstein RL, Stanton A, Thorand B, Trip MD, Tsai MY, van der Harst P, van der Schoot E, van der Schouw YT, Verschuren WM, Watkins H, Wilde AA, Wolffenbuttel BH, Whitfield JB, Hovingh GK, Ballantyne CM, Wijmenga C, Reilly MP, Martin NG, Wilson JG, Rader DJ, Samani NJ, Reiner AP, Hegele RA, Kastelein JJ, Hingorani AD, Talmud PJ, Hakonarson H, Elbers CC, Keating BJ, Drenos F. Large-scale gene-centric meta-analysis across 32 studies identifies multiple lipid loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Nov 2;91(5):823-38. doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.08.032. Epub 2012 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 23063622; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3487124.
  • Harrison SC, Holmes MV, Humphries SE. Mendelian randomisation, lipids, and cardiovascular disease. Lancet. 2012 Aug 11;380(9841):543-5. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60481-4. Epub 2012 May 17. PubMed PMID: 22607824.
  • Swerdlow DI, Holmes MV, Harrison S, Humphries SE. The genetics of coronary heart disease. Br Med Bull. 2012 Jun;102:59-77. doi: 10.1093/bmb/lds009. Epub 2012 May 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 22577178.
  • Harrison SC, Kalea AZ, Holmes MV, Agu O, Humphries SE. Genomic research to identify novel pathways in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Cardiol Res Pract. 2012;2012:852829. doi: 10.1155/2012/852829. Epub 2012 Jan 29. PubMed PMID: 22400124; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3286885.
  • Holmes MV, Perel P, Shah T, Hingorani AD, Casas JP. CYP2C19 genotype, clopidogrel metabolism, platelet function, and cardiovascular events: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2011 Dec 28;306(24):2704-14. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1880. Review. PubMed PMID: 22203539.
  • Johnson T, Gaunt TR, Newhouse SJ, Padmanabhan S, Tomaszewski M, Kumari M, Morris RW, Tzoulaki I, O'Brien ET, Poulter NR, Sever P, Shields DC, Thom S, Wannamethee SG, Whincup PH, Brown MJ, Connell JM, Dobson RJ, Howard PJ, Mein CA,  Onipinla A, Shaw-Hawkins S, Zhang Y, Davey Smith G, Day IN, Lawlor DA, Goodall AH; Cardiogenics Consortium, Fowkes FG, Abecasis GR, Elliott P, Gateva V; Global BPgen Consortium, Braund PS, Burton PR, Nelson CP, Tobin MD, van der Harst P, Glorioso N, Neuvrith H, Salvi E, Staessen JA, Stucchi A, Devos N, Jeunemaitre X, Plouin PF, Tichet J, Juhanson P, Org E, Putku M, Sõber S, Veldre G, Viigimaa M, Levinsson A, Rosengren A, Thelle DS, Hastie CE, Hedner T, Lee WK, Melander O, Wahlstrand B, Hardy R, Wong A, Cooper JA, Palmen J, Chen L, Stewart AF, Wells GA, Westra HJ, Wolfs MG, Clarke R, Franzosi MG, Goel A, Hamsten A, Lathrop M, Peden JF, Seedorf U, Watkins H, Ouwehand WH, Sambrook J, Stephens J, Casas JP, Drenos F, Holmes MV, Kivimaki M, Shah S, Shah T, Talmud PJ, Whittaker J, Wallace C, Delles C, Laan M, Kuh D, Humphries SE, Nyberg F, Cusi D, Roberts R,  Newton-Cheh C, Franke L, Stanton AV, Dominiczak AF, Farrall M, Hingorani AD, Samani NJ, Caulfield MJ, Munroe PB. Blood pressure loci identified with a gene-centric array. Am J Hum Genet. 2011 Dec 9;89(6):688-700. doi: 0.1016/j.ajhg.2011.10.013.
  • Epub 2011 Nov 17. PubMed PMID: 22100073; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3234370.
  • Holmes MV, Hunt BJ, Shearer MJ. The role of dietary vitamin K in the management of oral vitamin K antagonists. Blood Rev. 2012 Jan;26(1):1-14. doi:10.1016/j.blre.2011.07.002. Epub 2011 Sep 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 21914559.
  • Holmes MV, Casas JP, Hingorani AD. Putting genomics into practice. BMJ. 2011 Aug 4;343:d4953. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4953. PubMed PMID: 21816737.
  • Holmes MV, Newcombe P, Hubacek JA, Sofat R, Ricketts SL, Cooper J, Breteler MM, Bautista LE, Sharma P, Whittaker JC, Smeeth L, Fowkes FG, Algra A, Shmeleva V, Szolnoki Z, Roest M, Linnebank M, Zacho J, Nalls MA, Singleton AB, Ferrucci L, Hardy J, Worrall BB, Rich SS, Matarin M, Norman PE, Flicker L, Almeida OP, van Bockxmeer FM, Shimokata H, Khaw KT, Wareham NJ, Bobak M, Sterne JA, Smith GD, Talmud PJ, van Duijn C, Humphries SE, Price JF, Ebrahim S, Lawlor DA, Hankey GJ, Meschia JF, Sandhu MS, Hingorani AD, Casas JP. Effect modification by population dietary folate on the association between MTHFR genotype, homocysteine, and stroke risk: a meta-analysis of genetic studies and randomised trials. Lancet. 2011 Aug 13;378(9791):584-94. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60872-6. Epub 2011 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 21803414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3156981.
  • Talmud PJ, Cooper JA, Gaunt T, Holmes MV, Shah S, Palmen J, Drenos F, Shah T, Kumari M, Kivimaki M, Whittaker J, Lawlor DA, Day IN, Hingorani AD, Casas JP, Humphries SE. Variants of ADRA2A are associated with fasting glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and type 2 diabetes risk: meta-analysis of four prospective studies. Diabetologia. 2011 Jul;54(7):1710-9. doi:
  • 10.1007/s00125-011-2108-6. Epub 2011 Apr 1. PubMed PMID: 21455730; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3110279.
  • Harrison SC, Holmes MV, Agu O, Humphries SE. Genome wide association studies of abdominal aortic aneurysms-biological insights and potential translation applications. Atherosclerosis. 2011 Jul;217(1):47-56. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.02.045. Epub 2011 Mar 1. Review. PubMed PMID:21414622.
  • Holmes MV, Harrison S, Talmud PJ, Hingorani AD, Humphries SE. Utility of genetic determinants of lipids and cardiovascular events in assessing risk. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2011 Apr;8(4):207-21. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2011.6. Epub 2011 Feb 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 21321562.
  • Holmes MV, Kulasegaram R, Lucas SB, Wong T, Hilton R. Fatal lactic acidosis in a kidney transplant recipient on combination antiretroviral therapy after initiation of tacrolimus therapy. Case Rep Transplant. 2011;2011:210178. doi:10.1155/2011/210178. Epub 2012 Jan 5. PubMed PMID: 23213600; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3505952.
  • Khanom AB, Velvin C, Hawrami K, Schutten M, Patel M, Holmes MV, Atkinson C, Breuer J, Fitzsimons J, Geretti AM. Performance of a nurse-led paediatric point of care service for respiratory syncytial virus testing in secondary care. J Infect. 2011 Jan;62(1):52-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2010.11.002. Epub 2010 Nov 10.
  • PubMed PMID: 21073893.
  • Holmes MV, Jiang B, McNeill K, Wong M, Oakley SP, Kirkham B, Chowienczyk PJ.  Paradoxical association of C-reactive protein with endothelial function in rheumatoid arthritis. PLoS One. 2010 Apr 27;5(4):e10242. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010242. PubMed PMID: 20436910; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2860503.
  • Holmes MV, Desai M, Dosekun O, Holmes P, Lucas SB, Kulasegaram R. Is the diagnosis at hand? Lancet. 2010 Mar 27;375(9720):1134. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)62101-2. PubMed PMID: 20346819.
  • Holmes MV, Shah SH, Angelakopoulou A, Khan T, Swerdlow D, Kuchenbaecker K, Sofat R, Shah T. A report on the Genetics of Complex Diseases meeting of the British Atherosclerosis Society, Cambridge, UK, 17-18 September 2009. Atherosclerosis. 2010 Feb;208(2):599-602. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2009.11.034. Epub 2009 Nov 26. PubMed PMID: 20022008.
  • Holmes MV, Shah T, Vickery C, Smeeth L, Hingorani AD, Casas JP. Fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine? Systematic review and field synopsis of pharmacogenetic studies. PLoS One. 2009 Dec 2;4(12):e7960. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007960. Review. PubMed PMID: 19956635; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2778625.
  • Holmes MV, Shah SH, Angelakopoulou A, Khan T, Swerdlow D, Kuchenbaecker K, Sofat R, Shah T. Complex disease genetics: present and future translational applications. Genome Med. 2009;1(11):104. doi: 10.1186/gm104. Epub 2009 Nov 5. PubMed PMID: 19891794; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2808739.
  • Giddings EM, Holmes MV, Lonsdale D, Rees J, Gleeson MJ. An unusual case of dyspnoea. Thorax. 2009 Jun;64(6):483, 515. doi: 10.1136/thx.2008.101006. PubMed PMID: 19478120.
  • Holmes MV, Caplin B, Atkinson C, Smith C, Harber M, Sweny P, Haque T. Prospective monitoring of Epstein-Barr virus DNA in adult renal transplant recipients during the early posttransplant period: role of mycophenolate mofetil. Transplantation. 2009 Mar 27;87(6):852-6. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318199f983. PubMed PMID: 19300188.
  • Holmes MV, Mehta A, Morgan MY. Hemiparesis in a 36 year old man. BMJ. 2009 Feb 11;338:b90. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b90. PubMed PMID: 19211628.
  • Holmes MV, Giddings EM, Rees J. Cough's postulates. BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. doi:pii: bcr01.2009.1451. 10.1136/bcr.01.2009.1451. Epub 2009 Apr 7. PubMed PMID: 21687017; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3027815.
  • Holmes MV, Atabani SF, Khan N, Steiner K, Haque T, Slapak G. A case for varicella vaccination in the immunosuppressed. BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. doi:pii: bcr07.2008.0461. 10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0461. Epub 2009 Mar 17. PubMed PMID:
  • 21686799; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3029559.
  • Holmes MV, Shipley M. Digital ischaemia: vasculitis vs trauma. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2008 Apr;69(4):229. PubMed PMID: 18444351.
  • Holmes MV, Ioannou Y, Borysiewicz C, Sen D. Juvenile dermatomyositis with Sjögren's syndrome. Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Jun;27 Suppl 1:S3-5. Epub 2007 Dec 21. PubMed PMID: 18097712.
  • Holmes MV, Sen D. Microscopic polyangiitis and myasthenia gravis: the battle of Occam and Hickam. Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Nov;26(11):1981-3. Epub 2007 Apr 6. PubMed PMID: 17415507.
  • Holmes MV. To routinely preoxygenate or not? Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Dec;67(12):676. Review. PubMed PMID: 17328459.
  • Holding J, Holmes MV. Googling your treatment for analgesia in labour. BMJ. 2006 Apr 1;332(7544):795. PubMed PMID: 16575096; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1420749.
  • Holmes MV, Dawe RS, Ferguson J, Ibbotson SH. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy of tetracaine gel (Ametop) for pain relief during topical photodynamic therapy. Br J Dermatol. 2004
  • Feb;150(2):337-40. PubMed PMID: 14996106.

Nathalie Kliemann >> Obesity prevention, Eating behaviour, Behavioural diet interventions, Obesogenic environment

Nathalie Kliemann

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Obesity prevention
  • Eating behaviour
  • Behavioural diet interventions
  • Obesogenic environment

Current research:

My PhD research aims to explore individual factors related to self-regulation of eating behaviour, and understand how nutrition self-regulation skills can be enhanced in adolescents. I will be adapting and validating the Tempest Self-regulatory Questionnaire for eating, and the Nutrition Knowledge Questionnaire, and exploring the factors associated with self-regulation of eating behaviour in Brazilian and British adolescents. I will also be developing an intervention to improve food self-regulatory skills in British adolescents.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013- Present: PhD student at the Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL. Funded by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Brazil (CAPES)
  • 2009-2012: Research Assistant at the Nutrition in Foodservice Research Centre, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)

Qualifications:

  • 2012: MSc Nutrition, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil). Funded by a scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Brazil (CAPES)
  • 2009: BSc Nutrition, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) (including a 6month placement at the Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Kraemer MVS, Machado P, Kliemann N, Gonzalez-Chica DA, Proença RPC. The Brazilian population consumes larger serving sizes than those informed on labels. British Food Journal, 2014: In Press
  • Machado P, Kraemer MVS, Kliemann N, Gonzalez-Chica DA, Proença RPC. Relationship among serving size information, household measurements and trans-fat on the labels of food products. Mundo da Saude, 2013; 37(3): 299-311. (Article in Portuguese)
  • Silveira BM, Kliemann N, Silva DP, Colussi CF & Proenca, RPC . Availability and price of food products with and without trans fatty acids in food stores around lower- and medium-income elementary schools. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 2013; 52(1): 63-75

Olga Archangelidi  >>  Clinical Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Coronary Artery Disease

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Clinical Epidemiology of Cardiovascular and Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart rate as a marker of onset and prognosis of cardiac endpoints
  • Linked Electronic Health Records
  • Stable Angina Pectoris
  • Invasive methods for CAD treatment
  • Heart rate and socio-economic status

Current research:

Through a combination of linked health records from CALIBER (a program funded by the Welcome Trust) and clinical data from the 4C study (a longitudinal study recruiting patients from a chest pain clinics and hospitals all over UK), this PhD will explore the association between heart rate and the onset of coronary disease in patients with stable angina symptoms that undergo diagnostic procedures in UK hospitals (e.g. coronary angiograms). Further, the role of heart rate in stable and unstable cardiac endpoints’ (Stemi, nStemi, Myocardial Infarction) prognosis will be investigated through phenotype and genotype data and risk predictions models, while particular focus will be given to the impact of pharmacogenetic factors on the heart’s electrophysiological response and on different treatments for cardiac pulse restoration. The research is funded by Servier and based within the Clinical Epidemiology Group under the supervision of Professor Harry Hemingway.

BIOGRAPHY


Appointments:

  • June-October 2012: Research Assistant, Clinical Epidemiology Group, UCL

Qualifications:

  • 2012- Present PhD student, Clinical Epidemiology Group, UCL
  • 2011-2012 MSc in Clinical Research, University of East Anglia
  • 2009-2011 MSc in Public Health, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (distinction)
  • 2004-2009 BSc in Clinical Sciences & Nursing, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
 

Peijue Huangfu >> Diet, Dietary Patterns, Metabolic Syndrome and its componentsand Cardiovascular Disease

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Diet
  • Dietary Patterns>
  • Metabolic Syndrome and its components (central obesity, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, elevated blood glucose)
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Current research:

Peijue Huangfu’s PhD project focuses on dietary patterns and metabolic syndrome in Central and Eastern Europe. She investigates both theoretically defined dietary patterns (based on dietary guidelines) and empirical dietary patterns (based on statistical techniques), and further evaluates the effect of dietary patterns on metabolic syndrome and its five components.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2010-present, PhD student in University College London

Qualifications:

  • 2010- MSc, Health and Society: Social Epidemiology, University College London
  • 2009- MBBS and LLB, Preventive Medicine and Law, Tianjin Medical University

Rachael Dodd >> Psychological and social impact of a cancer diagnosis, Experiences of health professionals in diagnosing cancer, Patient information needs, Human papillomavirus (HPV), Oral cancer testing methods

Title of PhD: Psychosocial Impact of HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

Research interests:

  • Psychological and social impact of a cancer diagnosis
  • Experiences of health professionals in diagnosing cancer
  • Patient information needs
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Oral cancer testing methods

Current research:

I am currently investigating the views and experiences of health professionals involved in the diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV) head and neck cancer. The aims of my PhD are to explore both the psychological and social impact of a diagnosis of HPV-related head and neck cancer on both the patient and significant others and look at ways we can reduce this impact.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • Sep 2013 – Present Medical Research Council PhD Student, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London
  • Jan 2013 – Sep 2013 Research Assistant, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London
  • Mar 2011 – Jan 2013 Research Worker, Promoting Early Presentation Group, King’s College London
  • Feb 2010 – Mar 2011 Research Support, Department of Palliative Care, King’s College London
  • May 2009 – Nov 2009 Research Worker, Health Psychology Section, King’s College London

Qualifications:

  • 2009 MSc Health Psychology, University College London and King’s College London
  • 2007 BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Leeds

PUBLICATIONS

  • Dodd, R.H; McCaffery, K.J; Marlow, L.A.V; Ostini, R; Zimet, G.D; Waller, J. Knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia: an international survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2014, Published online 9th January 2014, doi:10.1136/sextrans-2013-051402
  • Hall, S; Dodd, R.H. and Higginson, I.J. Maintaining dignity for residents of care homes for older people: A qualitative study of the views of care home staff, community nurses, residents and their families. Geriatric Nursing 2014, 35(1): 55-60, doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.10.012
  • Forbes LJL, Forster AS, Dodd RH, Tucker L, Laming R, Sellars S, Patnick J, Ramirez AJ. Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: implementing an evidence-based intervention in routine clinical practice. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology 2012: 835167, doi:10.1155/2012/835167
  • Hall, S; Opio, D; Dodd, R.H. and Higginson, I.J. Assessing quality-of-life in older people in care homes. Age and Ageing 2011; 40(4): 507-512, doi: 10.1093/ageing/afr027
  • Murtagh FEM, Bausewein C, Petkova H, Sleeman KE, Dodd RH, Gysels M, Johnston B, Murray S, Banerjee S, Shipman C, Hansford P, Wakefield D, Gomes B, and Higginson IJ. Understanding place of death for patients with non-malignant conditions: a systematic literature review. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme; 2011.

Robert Kerrison >>  The social, cultural and physical barriers to cancer screening, Social Health inequalities within cancer screening programmes in the United Kingdom.

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • The social, cultural and physical barriers to cancer screening.
  • Social Health inequalities within cancer screening programmes in the United Kingdom.
  • Public Health intervention to address non-compliance and non-attendance of the bowel scope screening programme.

Current research:

My research focuses on the social, cultural, and physical barriers patients face to the new “bowel scope screening programme”, and by doing so, aims to develop and evaluate novel public health interventions which might reduce social health inequality within bowel scope screening, as well as improve the overall uptake and outcomes of the programme.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:
2007 The University of East Anglia, Research Assistant.

2009-2011 Nottingham University Hospital, Trainee Biomedical Scientist/Biomedical Scientist

2012-2013 Imperial College NHS Trust, Public Health Researcher

2013-2016 University College London, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, IMPACT PhD Student


Qualifications:

2008-2011 BSc Applied Biomedical Science (First Class Hons, University of Lincoln)

2012-2013 PgCert Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research (Brunel University London)

2011-2013 MRes Clinical Research (Distinction, University of Lincoln)

PUBLICATIONS

Kerrison, R. Shukla, H. Cunningham, D. Oyinlola, O. & Friedman, E. (2013) Are text message reminders an effective intervention to improve uptake of breast screening? A randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 382: 9.

Ruth Hackett >> Psychobiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Type II Diabetes and Psychosocial stress and health

ruthhackett

RESEARCH

Research interests:

· Psychobiology

· Cardiovascular Disease

· Type II Diabetes

· Psychosocial stress and health

My PhD research investigates the role of psychological wellbeing and biological effects of stress in linking type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In particular, I am interested in how psychological factors and biological stress processes can influence the risk of developing diabetes and contribute to disease progression and negative outcomes in diabetes patients. . My work involves conducting laboratory studies as well as secondary statistical analysis of longitudinal datasets.

PUBLICATIONS

Hamer, M., Bostock, S., Hackett, R., & Steptoe, A. (in press). Objectively assessed sedentary time and type 2 diabetes mellitus: a case control study. Diabetologia

Hackett, R. A., Hamer, M., Endrighi, R., Brydon, L., & Steptoe, A. (2012). Loneliness and stress-related inflammatory and neuroendocrine responses in older men and women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 1801—1809.

Current research:

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

Sept 2012- present - British Heart Foundation PhD student, Psychobiology group, UCL

Jan 2011- Aug 2012- Research Assistant, Psychobiology group, UCL

Sept 2010-Dec 2010- Research Assistant, Section of Health Psychology, King’s College London (KCL)



Qualifications:

2009-10 MSc Health Psychology, University College London (UCL)

2006-2009 BA Psychology, University College Dublin (UCD)

Sadie Boniface  >>  Alcohol, Health surveys, Health inequalities, Public health

boniface

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Alcohol
  • Health Surveys
  • Health Inequalities
  • Public Health

Current research:

I hold an MRC PhD studentship (2010-13) in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group. My PhD research - Finding the ‘missing units’: identifying under-reporting of alcohol consumption in England – involves secondary analysis of national health surveys, as well as a quantitative study of drink pouring practices, and a qualitative study of routine drinking habits. You can contact me on Twitter @sadieboniface

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2013: Research Assistant (data collection) on SIPS Jr Study at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL (part-time)
  • 2012-13: PhD student tutor at the Brilliant Club (part-time)
  • 2010-13: MRC PhD studentship in Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL (full time)

Past:

  • 2009-10: Research Assistant on systematic review at UCL
  • 2008-9: Peer Educator and Supervisor for Chlamydia Screening Programme in Newcastle

Qualifications:

  • 2008-9: MSc Health Sciences at Newcastle University (Distinction)
  • 2005-8: BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Philosophy) at Durham University (2.1)

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Boniface S & Shelton N. How is alcohol consumption affected if we account for under-reporting? A hypothetical scenario. European Journal of Public Health. 2012 Feb 26. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt016 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Boniface S, Kneale J, Shelton N. Actual and perceived units of alcohol in a self-defined ‘usual glass’ of alcoholic drinks in England. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 2012 Dec 20. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12046. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Hackshaw A, Rodeck C, Boniface S. Maternal smoking in pregnancy and birth defects: a systematic review based on 173 687 malformed cases and 11.7 million controls. Human Reproduction Update. 2011 Sep-Oct; 17(5):589-604.

Report chapters:

  • Boniface S. & Fuller E. Chapter 7. Drinking diaries. In Health Survey for England 2011: Volume 1. Health, social care and lifestyles. Available here.

Samantha Quaife >> Inequalities in lung cancer screening participation, Attitudes and beliefs about cancer, Decision-making and communication about cancer screening and symptomatic help-seeking,

Title of PhD: Lung cancer screening: attitudes, sociodemographic factors and informed uptake

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Inequalities in lung cancer screening participation
  • Attitudes and beliefs about cancer
  • Decision-making and communication about cancer screening and symptomatic help-seeking
  • Social inequalities in health, and enabling health behaviour change

Current research:

I am currently investigating attitudinal, sociodemographic and smoker-specific factors underlying lower uptake of lung cancer screening in high risk groups. Based on this work, I plan to explore ways in which to improve informed uptake of lung cancer screening and minimise inequalities in participation.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2012 – 2013 – Research Assistant, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London
  • 2013 – Present – Medical Research Council PhD Student, University College London


Qualifications:

  • 2011 MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), University College London and King’s College London
  • 2008 BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Leeds

PUBLICATIONS

  • Quaife SL, Forbes LJL, Ramirez AJ, Brain KE, Donnelly C, Simon AE, Wardle J. (2014) Recognition of cancer warning signs and anticipated delay in help-seeking in a population sample of adults in the UK. Br J Cancer 110: 12-18.

Samuel Smith  >>  Cancer prevention & screening, Health literacy, Health communication.

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RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Inequalities in colorectal cancer screening uptake
  • The application of health literacy and numeracy to understanding inequalities in health
  • Patient preference for colorectal screening and diagnostic procedures

Current research:

The purpose of my PhD is to design, test and evaluate a supplementary information leaflet for use in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. This project is part of a wider NIHR programme grant (ASCEND) that aims to tackle the social gradient in bowel cancer screening uptake (PI: Professors Raine and Wardle). I am also involved in several other research projects in the area of colorectal cancer screening, bowel imaging technology and health literacy.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2010-present - Medical Research Council PhD Student 2009 - 2010 Research Assistant, University College London

Qualifications:

  • 2009 MSc Health Psychology, UCL and Kings College London 2008 BSc Psychology, City University

PUBLICATIONS

  • Ghanouni A, Smith SG, Halligan S, Taylor S, Boone D, Plumb A, von Wagner C (in press) An interview study analysing patients' experiences and perceptions of non-laxative or full-laxative preparation with faecal tagging prior to CT colonography. Clinical Radiology.
  • Ghanouni A, Smith SG, Halligan S, Plumb A, Boone D, Sweeney Magee M, Wardle J, von Wagner C (2012) Public perceptions and preferences for CT Colonography or colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening. Patient Education and Counseling. 89, 116-121.
  • Smith SG, von Wagner C, McGregor L, Curtis LM, Wilson EAH, Serper M, Wolf MS (2012) The influence of health literacy on comprehension of a colonoscopy preparation information leaflet. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 55, 1074-1080.
  • Smith SG, Petrides KV, Green JSA, Sevdalis N (2012) The role of trait emotional intelligence in the diagnostic cancer pathway. Supportive Care in Cancer. 20, 2933-2939.
  • Wolf MS, Curtis LM, Wilson EAH, Revelle W, Waite KR, Smith SG, Weintraub S, Borosh B, Rapp DN, Park DC, Deary IC, Baker DW (2012) Literacy, Cognitive Function and Health: Results of the LitCog study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 27, 1300-1307.
  • Boxell E, Smith SG, Morris M, Kummer S, Rowlands G, Waller J, Wardle J, Simon A (2012) Increasing awareness of Gynecological cancer symptoms and reducing barriers to medical help-seeking: Does health literacy play a role? Journal of Health Communication. 17, 265-279.
  • von Wagner C, Ghanouni A, Halligan S, Smith SG, Power E, Dadswell E, Lilford RJ, Morton D, Atkin W, Wardle J (2012) Patient acceptability and psychological consequences of CT Colonography compared with colonoscopy: Results from a multicenter randomized controlled trial of symptomatic patients. Radiology, 263, 723-731
  • Hafeez R, von Wagner, C, Smith S, Boulos P, Halligan S, Bloom S, Taylor S (2012) Patient experiences of MR colonography and colonoscopy: a qualitative study.  British Journal of Radiology, 85, 765-769
  • Smith SG, Turner B, Pati J, Petrides KV, Sevdalis N, Green JSA (2012) Psychological impairment in patients urgently referred for prostate and bladder cancer investigations: The role of trait emotional intelligence and perceived social support. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20, 699-704
  • von Wagner C, Good A, Smith SG, Wardle J. (2012) Responses to procedural information about colorectal screening using FOBt:  the role of consideration of future consequences. Health Expectations, 15, 176-186
  • Lo HS, Smith SG, Taylor M, Good A, von Wagner C (2012) The effect of temporal framing on behavioural intentions, expectations and behaviour: the case of healthy eating. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 17, 202-213
  • Smith SG, von Wagner C (2012) Health literacy: Applications to health psychology. Health Psychology Update, 21, 19-26.
  • von Wagner C, Smith S, Halligan S, Ghanouni A, Power E, Lilford RJ, Morton D, Dadswell E, Atkin W, Wardle J (2011) Patient acceptability of CT colonography compared with double contrast barium enema: Results from a multicentre randomized controlled trial. European Radiology, 21, 2046-2055

Sarah Young  >>  Obesity, Weight loss, Psychological wellbeing, Depression.

Young

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Obesity
  • Weight loss
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Depression

Current research:

Using data from epidemiological cohorts including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), I am exploring the presumed psychological benefits of weight loss in overweight and obese adults in order to assess whether weight loss should necessarily be prescribed for all obese patients. My research pays particular attention to the effects of weight loss for older adults, in whom weight loss might be associated with more negative outcomes.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2010 Research Assistant, HBRC, University College London

Qualifications

  • 2010 MSc in Clinical Nutrition, Roehampton University 2009 BSc in Psychology, University of Sussex

Sonia Lopes >> Cancer survivorship, Weight management and Health behaviour change interventions

Sonia Lopes

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Weight management
  • Health behaviour change interventions

Current research:

My research aims to explore attitudes towards weight management and lifestyle interventions among cancer survivors and the health professionals caring for them. I will be adapting a behaviour change intervention for colorectal cancer survivors and assessing the feasibility of delivering this adapted intervention within the oncology setting.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2014 – present: IMPACT PhD Student, University College London
  • 2011 – 2013: Assistant Psychologist (Stroke), The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • 2010-2011: Assistant Psychologist (Older adults, Neuropsychology), South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2010: Assistant Psychologist and interpreter (Psychosis), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2009-2010: Assistant Psychologist (Adult Perinatal Mental Health), King’s College Hospital
  • 2008-2009: Assistant Psychologist (Audit), South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2008-2009: Research Assistant (Critical Respiratory Unit), Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2007-2009: Visiting Research Associate (Cardiology), Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • 2006-2007: Psychologist (Adult Learning Disabilities), APPACDM-Maia, Portugal


Qualifications:

  • 2009: MSc Health Psychology, University of Minho (Portugal) and second academic year collaboratively with King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry (UK)
  • 2005: BSc Psychology, Instituto Superior Maia (Portugal) and one academic year studied at University of Jyväskylä as part of the ERASMUS programme (Finland)

Other Courses:

  • 2012: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety Level I, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (USA

Sophie Bostock  >>  Well-being, Psychobiology, Work stress, Cardiovascular disease.


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RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Well-being
  • Psychobiology
  • Work stress
  • Cardiovascular disease

Current research:

Psychological well-being predicts a lower risk of heart disease. My PhD investigates the biological mechanisms which may help to explain this association. I’ve recently conducted two workplace trials which investigated the effects of a mindfulness meditation smartphone app on psychological and biological indicators of stress. My research is sponsored by the British Heart Foundation.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • 2009 – present UCL, British Heart Foundation PhD Studentship, 4 years
  • Oct 07 – Sept 09 Central Office of Information, Strategic Analyst
  • June 05 – Sept 07 Millward Brown, Senior Account Executive (Client Services)
  • Sept 04 – May 05 Jaguar/Land Rover, Graduate training scheme, Buyer


Qualifications:

  • 2003 - 2004 University of Nottingham, Business School
  • MSc Entrepreneurship, Science & Technology (Distinction)
  • 2000 - 2003 University of Nottingham, Medical School
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (First Class)


PUBLICATIONS

  • Bostock S, Steptoe A. (2012) Influences of early shift work on the diurnal cortisol rhythm, mood and sleep: within-subject variation in male airline pilots Psychoneuroendocrinology (available online 9 August 2012)
  • Bostock S, Steptoe A. (2012) Association between low functional health literacy and mortality in older adults: longitudinal cohort study BMJ; 344:e1602
  • Bostock S, Hamer M, Wawrzyniak A, Mitchell E, Steptoe A. (2011) Positive emotional style and subjective, cardiovascular and cortisol responses to acute laboratory stress Psychoneuroendocrinology 36; 1175—1183
  • Poole L, Steptoe S, Wawrzyniak A, Bostock S, Mitchell E, Hamer M. (2011) Associations of objectively measured physical activity with daily mood ratings and psychophysiological stress responses in women Psychophysiology 48; 1165–1172

Sung-Wei Chen  >>  Social determinants of health, Psychosocial factors and work stress, Globalization and health, Psychiatry and psychology.


Chen

RESEARCH


Research interests:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Psychosocial factors and work stress
  • Globalization and health
  • Psychiatry and psychology

Current research:

Effort-Reward Imbalance at Work, Perceived Control, and Health Behaviours in Central and Eastern Europe

BIOGRAPHY


Appointments:

  • Consultant Psychiatrist & Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Mackay Memorial Hospital
  • Taiwan Governmental Scholarship: Environmental and Occupational Health (2011 – 2013)

Qualifications:

  • Master, Institute of National Development, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

PUBLICATIONS

  • Job Stress Models, Depressive Disorders and Work Performance of Engineers in Microelectronics Industry. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2011; 84(1): 91-103.
  • Work Conditions, Depressive Disorder and Work Performance among Engineers of Electronics Industry. Master Thesis. College of Social Science, National Taiwan University, 2009.
  • Correlates for Depression in Nursing Home Elderly Residents with and without Dementia. Taiwanese J Psychiatry, 2008; 22: 125-138.
  • Sexual Belief, Gender Difference, and Tolerability to Antidepressant Induced Sexual Dysfunction in Taiwanese Patients, Brief Article. Journal of Sex Research, 2006; 43(1): 29.
  • Integrated Psychosocial Treatment for a Male Patient with Borderline Personality Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder. Taiwanese J Psychiatry, 2006; 20: 155-162.
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome Associated with Auditory Hallucination. Taiwanese Journal of Psychiatry, 2006; 20: 321-327.

Tuba Mazhari >> Marital biography, Social relationships and Cardiovascular Disease

Tuba Mazhari

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Marital biography
  • Social relationships
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Current research:

Tuba Mazhari’s PhD looks at the association between marital history and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Specifically, the commonly used exposure of marital status in studies of marriage and health is extended to incorporate several facets of the marital biography including previous marital status and time since marital loss.

The effect of socio-demographic factors: age, cohort and gender on the association between marital history and risk of CVD are also investigated. Trajectories of body mass index and systolic blood pressure for married, compared with unmarried respondents are also investigated.

Data is obtained from the 1946 and 1958 British Birth cohorts.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

2010-Present – PhD Student – University College London

2008-2009 – Research Assistant – University College London

Qualifications:

2010 – MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology - University College London

2008 – BSc Psychology, City University London

Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu  >>  Associations between diabetes and cancer incidence and mortality.


Gordon-Dseagu

RESEARCH
Research interests:

  • Diabetes and cancer incidence and mortality
  • Associations between diabetes and all-cause and cause-specific mortality
  • Analyses of longitudinal data linked to mortality and Cancer Registry data

Current research:

Vanessa is in the final year of her PhD within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her research utilises the health surveys of England and Scotland and Whitehall I linked to health outcomes data and specifically explores:

  • The differences in all-cause and cause-specific mortality among those with and without diabetes,
  • The risk of mortality from site-specific cancers among those with diabetes compared with the general population,
  • The associations between glycated haemoglobin and cancer,
  • The influence that confounding factors (specifically those related to adiposity) have upon the associations between diabetes and cancer incidence and mortality.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

Having worked at a number of health related charities, most recently as a Policy Manager for Cancer Research UK, Vanessa started her PhD in January 2010 (funded by Diabetes UK). Her supervisors are Dr. Jenny Mindell, Dr. Nicola Shelton, Prof. Daniel Hochhauser and Prof. Michael Marmot.

Qualifications:

MSc Health Policy (LSE) and BSc Social Policy (University of Manchester)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Gordon-Dseagu, V.L. et al. Epidemiological evidence of a relationship between type-1 diabetes mellitus and cancer: A review of the existing literature International Journal of Cancer, 2012 June 30
  • ARESU, M. and Gordon-Dseagu, V. and Shelton, N. (2010) Diabetes and glycaemia. (Health Survey for England (2009) Volume 1 Health and Lifestyle). The Health and Social Care Information Centre: Leeds.
  • Gordon-Dseagu, V. (2010) Encyclopaedia of Women in Today’s World: Diabetes SAGE Publications: Los Angeles

Victoria Garfield >> Genetic epidemiology, Employing genetic techniques to examine the association of obesity with various phenotypes, Statistical genetic methodologies & techniques

RESEARCH

Research interests:

  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Employing genetic techniques to examine the association of obesity with various phenotypes
  • Statistical genetic methodologies & techniques

Current research:

My PhD research examines the association of obesity and wellbeing, employing genome-wide data within the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). I will therefore be using heavily quantitative methods, both genetic and non.

BIOGRAPHY

Appointments:

  • September 2013 – Present: PhD student, UCL - MRC/ESRC Multidisciplinary 4-year studentship
  • January 2013 – March 2013: Conference Organising Committee Member – Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of educationally-relevant cognitive abilities: 12th to 14th March 2013 - InLab (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics (Tomsk State University).
  • September 2011 – April 2013: InLab, Psychology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • September 2011 – June 2012: Voluntary Research Assistant – Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry, IoP, King’s College London

Qualifications:

September 2011 – September 2012: MS.c. in Research Methods in Psychology – Goldsmiths, University of London

September 2007 – June 2011: BS.c. Psychology – Birkbeck, University of London

PUBLICATIONS

Arden, R., Trzaskowski, M., Garfield, V. & Plomin, R. (in preparation). Young children’s drawings of the human figure are associated with g a decade later, for genetic reasons.

Malanchini, M., Garfield, V., Czerwik, A., Dirik, A., Arden, R., Plomin, R., & Kovas, Y. (in preparation). Is Human Figure Drawing in Preschool Children a Valid Predictor of Later Cognitive Abilities? A Longitudinal Twin Study.

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