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Mr Francesco Sera
30 Guilford Street
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7905 2758
  • Senior Research Associate
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
After graduating in Statistics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy) in 1996,  I worked for 7 years at the Epidemiology Department of IDI a dermatological hospital of Rome where I have followed research projects related to skin cancers.

From 2004 to September 2009 I worked at the Nutritional and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Centre for Study and Prevention of Cancer (CSPO) in Florence where I have worked principally on the High-Risk Cancer Family Project supported by Regione Toscana. The aim of the project was to set-up a Register of high-risk families on breast and colon cancer and monitor relate surveillance programs. During this period I have also worked on nutritional epidemiologic studies (e.g. EPIC study). I attended a MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Turin in 2005.

From September 2009 I joint the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health. I'm currently attending a PhD on Statistics in the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health.
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I have worked as  a biostatistician for over 15 years. Most of my research activity concentrates on modelling data from observational and experimental biomedical studies, particularly in cancer epidemiology.  I have co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed papers, my h index is 23, and I have much experience participating in biomedical research.

I joined the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health in 2009. Since then I have been the statistician working on the Bergen Hip Cohort Study (BHCS). The main methodological challenge is related to the application of longitudinal statistical methods for life-course investigations of growth process and health outcomes. From September 2010 I have been working in the MCS accelerometry project for children aged 7 years.  The main goals are the development of an R library for the data reduction process, the utilization of a functional data analysis (FDA) approach to describe physical activity data and pattern and the evaluation of the impact of missing accelerometer data on exposure and association measures. Both projects converge in my PhD.
01-SEP-2009 Senior Research Associate in Statistics Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom
DEC-2004 – AUG-2009 Research Associate in Statistics Molecular and nutritional epidemiological unit I.S.P.O. Centre for Study and Cancer Prevention, Italy
SEP-1996 – NOV-2004 Research Fellow Clinical Epidemiology Unit Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata IRCCS, Italy
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2004 MAST Master – Epidemiology  
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