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Dr Olga Vikhireva
Room 414
Epidemiology and Public Health Department
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0) 207 679 1725
Fax: +44 (0) 207 813 0280
  • Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I graduated with an MD from the Omsk State Medical Academy, Russia, and then completed the Clinical Internship and Residence programme in Internal Disease at the same institution. My postgraduate studies and further research work (2000-2007) were in preventive cardiology at the State Research Centre for Preventive Medicine in Moscow, where I conducted a study on the randomised vs. free-choice admission of nicotine gum/inhaler in smoking cessation/reduction as a part of my PhD. I also initiated and conducted a series of tobacco control seminars for Russian doctors, supported by the American Cancer Society and International Union against Cancer (2003-2004). In 2006-2007, I participated as a senior researcher in the pilot SAHR (Survey on Stress, Aging, and Health) study, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Duke University and with the support of the National Institute on Aging.


In 2007, I was awarded the UCL Shell Centenary Chevening Scholarship, to attend the MSc course “Health and Society: Social Epidemiology”, which I completed with distinction. In 2008, I was awarded the UCL Overseas Research Student scholarship and a departmental studentship and started my full-time PhD on cardiovascular risk prediction in the populations of Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. Throughout the PhD, I provided research assistance for the HAPIEE study. HAPIEE (Health, Alcohol, and Psychological factors in Eastern Europe) is an ongoing population cohort study of over 35,000 men and women from the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Lithuania, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institute on Aging. After successfully completing my PhD in 2012, I continue to work with the Central and Eastern European Health Research Group. Recently, I have been involved in the CHANCES (Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States) Project.

I am a member of the European Society of Cardiology and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. I am also an active member of the UCL IEHC (Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care) Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team, focusing on Early Career Forum and coaching and mentoring.

Research Summary

I investigate the performance of existing instruments for cardiovascular risk prediction, as well as the potential of adding new risk determinants to prognostic models, using available prospective data, with a focus on Central and Eastern European populations.

My other areas of interest include epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and risk factors, as well as tobacco control, in particular smoking cessation and reduction.

My long-standing interest is the whole spectrum of individual and population-level determinants of health and disease, and specifically the factors which shape health behaviours, make healthy lifestyle sustainable, and translate into positive health outcomes.

Teaching Summary

During my PhD at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, I have provided teaching assistance with Child and Family Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, International Health, and Social Epidemiology courses. As a Research Associate, I have been actively involved in teaching Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences (MSc), Epidemiology (MSc), Social Epidemiology (MSc), and Social Determinants of Health Vertical Module (MBBS).

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology and Public Health University College London
2008 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology University College London
2003 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Sciences State Research Centre for Preventive Medicine
1997 MD Doctor of Medicine – Internal Medicine Omsk State Medical Academy
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