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Dr Snorri Rafnsson
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 20 7679 8265
  • Research Associate
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr. Snorri Bjorn Rafnsson, MSc PhD FRSPH, is an epidemiologist and Research Associate in Ageing and Wellbeing, Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK; Honorary Fellow in Epidemiology, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh Medical School, UK; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland. Dr. Rafnsson is former Senior Epidemiologist at the Hellenic Health Foundation, a non-for-profit research organization in public health based in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Rafnsson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health UK, a member of the British Geriatrics Society and the British Society of Gerontology, a member of the International Epidemiological Association, an Associate member of the UK Faculty of Public Health, a member of the International Society for Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders, a member of the Icelandic Epidemiology Association, and an honorary member of the Edinburgh Ethnicity and Health Research group. Dr. Rafnsson is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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Research Summary

Dr. Rafnsson has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in international journals on results of epidemiological studies on cognitive function and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in older people, on the contribution of nutritional, inflammatory and haemostatic processes to cognitive ageing, on the burden of CVD in migrant and ethnic minority populations in Europe, and on vitamin B12 deficiency and development of CVD and diabetes.

In addition, Dr. Rafnsson has written, or contributed to, review articles and book chapters on cognitive function and CVD, the population burden of sepsis and septicaemia, and the susceptibility of UK South Asians to diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Dr. Rafnsson is currently working on an ESRC funded study on social connections and wellbeing in older people participating in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI).


Teaching Summary

Dr. Rafnsson contributes to UCL teaching of epidemiology, ageing and health at both undergraduate (e.g. MBBS course) and postgraduate levels (e.g. MSc in Epidemiology course). In addition, he is a co-lecturer on the annual "Concepts of Epidemiology" professional crash course offered by the Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh Medical School, and teaches epidemiology on the MSc in Health Sciences course offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Akureyri, Iceland. Dr. Rafnsson is former visiting lecturer in epidemiology at the Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and former senior tutor on the MSc in Public Health Research course offered by the Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh Medical School.

Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University of Edinburgh
2002 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology University of Edinburgh
2000 BSc Bachelor of Science – Nursing  
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