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Prof Laura Shallcross

Prof Laura Shallcross

Professor of Public Health & Translational Data Science

Institute of Health Informatics

Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2009

Research summary

Laura is an Associate Professor at University College London and Honorary Consultant in Public Health in the Division of Infection at University College London NHS Trust.  She holds a NIHR Clinician Scientist Award (207-2023) and leads a program of translational research applying data science methods to the analysis of electronic health records and omics datasets with the overarching goal to improve the management of infection and reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing across the NHS and social care. Laura's research on antimicrobial resistance has informed national policy, and she regularly interfaces with national decision makers in her field through her membership of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Acquired infection (APRHAI).  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Laura has taken on a national, public health leadership role as the academic lead for the largest UK study of COVID-19 in care homes and as a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) Social Care working group.  Laura established the VIVALDI (COVID-19 in care homes) studies in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Care and Professor Paul Moss's group at the University of Birmingham, which have delivered timely findings to inform the pandemic response on subjects including: vaccine effectiveness, the emergence of variants, the risk of re-infection, and the antibody and cellular immune response following natural infection and vaccination.  Laura was recently awarded the Honour of MBE for her contribution to the national pandemic response in Adult Social Care. 

Laura is a firm believer in the "team science" approach to research and collaborates widely with NHS (UCLH, University Hospital Birmingham), social care organisations and researchers across disciplines (behavioural scientists, software engineers, social scientists, basic scientists, and experts in healthcare design).   

Teaching summary

Laura lectures on the IHI MSc module: Principles of Epidemiology Applied to Electronic Health Records and the EPH BSc Module: Genomics, Medicine and Society.  She is also course lead for the IHI annual short course "Answering Clinical Research Using Electronic Health Records and supervises a number of PhD students.

Education

University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2009
University of London
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 2003
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1999

Biography

Laura studied medicine at Oxford University and Guy's, King's and St Thomas's Medical School. She subsequently combined training in Public Health Medicine with a 4 year MRC pre-doctoral fellowship from the MRC which funded her MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD at UCL, supervised by Professor Dame Anne Johnson and Professor Andrew Hayward. 

Following on from her PhD she was appointed as NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health and joined the Institute of Health Informatics in 2014.  Laura was awarded a 5 year Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2016 to undertake research to develop novel risk prediction strategies to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract infection syndromes in hospital.  She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.


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