British Women Heart Health Study



Prof JP Casas Romero

JP Casas-Romero

JP Casas is the Principal Investigator for the British Women's Heart & Health Study.

He trained in medicine in Colombia and continued to train in cardiovascular science at Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (1999-2002).

Initially he worked in the Centre for Clinical Pharmacology at UCL before joining LSHTM in 2005. Professor Casas joined the British Women's Heart & Health Study in April 2009, forming the BWHHS executive board with Professor Debbie Lawlor, University of Bristol. 

He is also editor of the Cochrane Heart Group and was appointed as Professor of Epidemiology in 2013. Professor Casas moved to University College London in 2015 where he has worked at the Farr Institute of Health Informatics, of which he is Deputy Director.

Prof Debbie Lawlor

Debbie Lawlor

Debbie Lawlor is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Bristol and co-director of the BWHHS.

Professor Lawlor worked with Professor Shah Ebrahim from the inception of the study. 

Her main research interests are in genetic and life course epidemiology of insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and in methods to minimise bias and confounding in epidemiology.

Dr Caroline Dale

Caroline Dale

Caroline Dale joined the British Women's Heart & Health Study in 2010 after completing her PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

In 2015 she moved to the Farr Institute of Health Informatics and is a UCL Springboard Research Fellow.  Since 2011 she has also worked as a genetic epidemiologist with the UCL-London School-Edinburgh-Bristol (UCLEB) consortium.  

Her research interests are using novel methods and omics data to investigate the risk factors and aetiology of cardiovascular disease and other common diseases of older age.

Dr David Prieto-Merino

David Prieto Merino

David Prieto-Merino is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a researcher at the Farr Institute London (UCL). 

He has been working in biostatistics for more than 20 years in the areas of clinical trials, observational cohorts and pharmacovogilance. 

More recently he has been involved in the analysis of large datasets including metabolomics, proteomics and genomics. 

He has a special interest in the application of Bayesian methods to medical statsitics and epidemiology.  

David has been working with the BWHHS since 2010.

Dr Dionisio Acosta-Mena

Dionisio Acosta Mena

Dionisio Acosta is the Director of the UCL Graduate Programme in Health Informatics where he lectures on decision support systems, machine learning and electronic health records. 

He is a recognised international expert with a strong track record of end-to-end implementations of decision support systems in Breast Cancer and Brain Tumours, from raw data processing to AI and machine learning methods for diagnosis and treatment selection. 

He was the UCL co-PI and pilot site coordinator for one of largest EU-IMI international public-private partnerships in re-use of electronic health records data for clinical research. 

His research interests are in the application of machine learning methods, computational and statistical models in healthcare and biomedicine, especially in applications involving the analysis of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy data.


Dr Reecha Sofat

Reecha Sofat is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at the Faculty of Medical Sciences.
She is leading the stroke research on the British Women's Heart and Health Study.

Dr Rui Providencia


Rui Providencia is a Clinician Scientist at the Farr Institute London (UCL) and a Honorary Consultant at St Bartholomew's Hospital. 

He was the recipient of the 2015 Young Investigator Award of the European Heart Rhythm Association and has authored nearly 200 publications in the field of cardiology and arrhythmias, some of which have been included in international guidelines for the management of cardiovascular disease.

His research interests are atrial fibrillation, sudden cardiac death, catheter ablation, clinical epidemiology and genetics.

Antoinette Amuzu

Antoinette Amuzu

Antoinette Amuzu is the Research Coordinator for the BWHHS. 

Following a degree in Geography at Queen Mary's University of London, Antoinette completed a Masters in Globalisation and Development studies. 

She has recently completed a piece of research for the Consortium of Street Children in three African countries. 

Antoinette is currently on maternity leave until December 2017.