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As the BSMS Discipline Lead in Epidemiology, Public Health and Population Medicine (PopMed), I lead the strategic development, teaching and assessment of the discipline in the five-year BM BS programme (including curriculum development, planning and administration of teaching activities, training of faculty to teach the subject, and setting exams). I supervise Individual Research Projects (fourth-year medical students), postgraduate students and public health trainees. I also design and conduct courses in research methods in epidemiology and public health, cancer epidemiology, scientific writing, and epidemiology for public health practice for postgraduate students, clinicians and public health practitioners.
Epidemiology and public health: disease and health conditions Epidemiology of chronic diseases - with a special focus on cancer epidemiology. In this area, I am interested in the international distribution and trends in incidence, developing and testing new aetiological hypothesis and prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. I have extensive experience of conducting research in developing and developed countries, and have published research on epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, renal disease, diabetes, hip fractures, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, helicobacter pylori and hepatitis C virus infections, and thyroid, breast, lung, liver, bladder, prostate and gynaecological cancers. Epidemiology of smoking and factors associated with smoking cessation and relapse (e.g. studies of smoking prevalence, factors associated with smoking cessation and relapse in marginalised groups). Community mental health and epidemiology of suicide (e.g. BME mental health needs, lithium levels in drinking water and suicide mortality, analysis of suicide mortality data). Health promotion, policy and practice: Understanding and promoting young people's strategies for moderate alcohol consumption (on-going research includes mixed method studies on psychological and public health aspects of alcohol use in young people and strategies used by young people to resist excessive alcohol use). The research has also led to the development of a health promotion video ‘Hitting the Sweet Spot’, which is published on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=7iGECfYahow
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