24 Jul

Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance short courses @ LSHTM – open for applications!

24 Jul 2019

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Research Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce they are now accepting applications for two longstanding pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance short courses: Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance and Practical Pharmacoepidemiology. Details about this year’s courses are...

15 May


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...

10 Apr

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.

18 Mar

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...

12 Dec

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...

20 Nov

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...

31 Oct

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...

1 Oct

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.

3 Aug

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...

24 Jul

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...

4 Jun

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...

3 May

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...

3 May

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...

18 Apr

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...

12 Feb

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...

12 Feb

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...

16 Nov

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.

6 Nov

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...

27 Sep

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...

2 Jun

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...