15 May 2019
The theatre performance ECZEMA! which is part of Professor Sinéad Langan’s Wellcome Trust funded public engagement project is now open for booking on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June. The performance takes place at the South London Gallery (65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH), starting at 7.30pm and has a running time of 35 minutes. To find out more, and to book tickets, please see the SLG...
Adrian Root Memorial Lecture – 23 May 2019
10 Apr 2019
The first annual lecture in memory of our greatly missed colleague Adrian Root will take place at LSHTM on Thursday 23rd May. The science writer, epidemiologist and physician Ben Goldacre will be providing his unique insights into key issues around evidence-based medicine. Full details can be found here.
Inaugural Adrian Root prize awarded
18 Mar 2019
In 2018, the EHR group launched a memorial prize, to honour the work of our colleague, Dr. Adrian Root. The prize will be awarded annually to an LSHTM MSc epidemiology student who has worked on an Electronic Health Records project. The inaugural prize was awarded to Ms. Amanda Clery at the LSHTM graduation ceremonies on March 5th 2019. Amanda completed a cohort study investigating the effects...
Herpesvirus and risk of stroke
12 Dec 2018
Herpes zoster, caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus, is linked to an increased risk of stroke, according to a recent systematic review by Harriet Forbes and colleagues. In the review, the risk of stroke approximately doubled in the week after herpes zoster and gradually returned to baseline over the next six months. While recent infection with, or reactivation of, other members of the...
Long-term outcomes for breast cancer survivors
20 Nov 2018
Two systematic reviews assessing long-term outcomes in survivors of breast cancer have recently been published by members of the EHR research group. Anthony Matthews and colleagues collated substantial randomised controlled trial and observational evidence on the effect of endocrine therapies on several specific cardiovascular diseases. 26 studies were identified, with results for seven specific...
Association of BMI with mortality
31 Oct 2018
Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat, is linked to risk of death from every major cause except transport accidents, according to new research by the LSHTM Electronic Health Records Research Group. The study is one of the largest of its kind to look at how BMI is associated with the risk of death both overall, and from a full spectrum of different causes – 3.6 million people and...
Podcast on respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease
01 Oct 2018
Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash from the Electronic Heatlh Records Research group at LSHTM recently contributed to an episode of the BMJ Heart podcast, speaking with Dr James Rudd about the links between respiratory infections and subsequent heart attacks and strokes. The podcast can be found here.
Eczema and increased risk of cardiovascular disease
03 Aug 2018
Adults with eczema could face an increased risk of experiencing non-fatal cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study carried out by members of the Electronic Health Records Research Group at LSHTM. The observational study involving almost 2 million people found that patients with eczema were 10-20% more likely to experience non-fatal cardiovascular disease than people without eczema, and...
Paris bike ride for Adrian
24 Jul 2018
Some of the EHR group have just completed a London to Paris bike ride in memory of Adrian Root, a member of the group who sadly died at the end of 2017. We raised over £20,000 to set up a new prize for the MSc epidemiology in Adrian’s name. The trip included a gruelling (=hilly, & lots of angry motorists!) first 65 mile day from London to Newhaven, before a few more leisurely days through...
Asthma and COPD – how often do patients have both conditions?
04 Jun 2018
Asthma and COPD share many characteristics and symptoms, and the differential diagnosis between the two diseases can be difficult in primary care. Francis Nissen and colleagues have recently done a study to quantify how commonly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a concomitant diagnosis of asthma, and how commonly patients with asthma have a concomitant diagnosis of...
Quality of life, depression and anxiety in breast cancer survivors
03 May 2018
We know that some women may experience both physical and psychological changes after a diagnosis of breast cancer. In order to learn more about this, researchers in the EHR group, in collaboration with researchers at the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, are inviting women both with a previous diagnosis of breast cancer and those never diagnosed with cancer to answer some questions about their...
Quality of life, depression and anxiety in breast cancer survivors compared to women who didn’t have cancer
03 May 2018
Rationale Every year, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer in England. The treatments that are now available help many women to live for a long time after their cancer diagnosis. Aim The aim of this study is to understand if women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer in the past have more anxiety, depression or a poorer quality of life compared to women who have not had...
Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance – now accepting applications for 2018/19
18 Apr 2018
This 30-week examined introductory course is relevant to anyone working in areas related to the risk-benefit of medicines and drug safety. Organised by members of the EHR research group and including lectures and workshops led by experts from academia, regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical industry, the course can be followed face-to-face at LSHTM in London (3 blocks of teaching in...
UKRI Innovation Fund Fellowships
12 Feb 2018
Three new three year UKRI Innovation Fund Fellowships have been awarded to researchers at LSHTM, aligned with Health Data Research UK, all three have strong links to the Electronic Health Records research group. Rosalind Eggo will be using linked health and environmental data to assess joint effects of air pollution and circulating infections on health outcomes. Caroline Minassian has developed...
Health Data Research UK
12 Feb 2018
We are delighted to report that LSHTM was part of a successful pan-London bid to be a founding substantive partner in Health Data Research UK, a major new initiative to further data science in the UK. The London partners are LSHTM, UCL, QMUL, Kings and Imperial. This is an exciting opportunity for LSHTM to help build a partnership across London. Computerised health related data offers enormous...
MRC LID Studentships
16 Nov 2017
The 2018-19 MRC LID Studentships are now open for application, and as part of that the projects list is now live on the web.
Young Scientists: Public Trust in using Electronic Health Records for Research
06 Nov 2017
The Electronic Health Records (EHR) group at LSHTM recently hosted a group of visiting Young Scientists during their visit to LSHTM in September 2017. Sinéad Langan and Erin Lafferty led this programme of work with major contributions from public engagement champions in the EHR team. The experience was highly enjoyable with great engagement between team members and the Young Scientists. This...
British Science Festival in Brighton
27 Sep 2017
Charlotte Warren-Gash attended the British Science Festival in Brighton this month as part of her British Science Association Media Fellowship. She visited events ranging from the ethics of bio-art to genome donation, and bioengineering to the psychology of parenting. Read her festival reports...
Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship awarded
02 Jun 2017
Promoting Research amongst Undergraduate Students Dr Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Dr Ian Douglas and co-applicant Heather Eames have been awarded a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship. This award provides funding for undergraduate students (Heather Eames) to gain practical experience of the research process during the summer break. The aim is to encourage students to consider a career in...
British Science Association Media Fellowship awarded
01 Jun 2017
Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash has been awarded a 2017 Media Fellowship from the British Science Association. This scheme offers scientists a unique opportunity to work at a media outlet, be mentored by professional journalists and engage the public with science through the media. Charlotte’s placement will be hosted by BBC Radio Science. She will also report on the British Science Festival in...