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Dr Amitava Banerjee
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Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research
222 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DA
Tel: 02035495449
Fax: 02076798002
Appointment
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer Honorary Consultant in Cardiology
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography
After qualifying from Oxford Medical School, Ami trained as a junior doctor in Oxford, Newcastle, Hull and London. His interest in preventive cardiology and evidence-based medicine led to a Masters in Public Health at Harvard(2004/05), an internship at the World Health Organisation(2005) and DPhil in epidemiology from Oxford(2010). He was Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham, before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer in Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at the Farr Institute of Health Informatics in August 2015. In addition to training in all aspects of general cardiology, he has sub-specialised in heart failure. 

Research Summary
Ami specialises in three areas of research: 

(i) Crossing skills 
His methodological skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and cardiovascular medicine has led to collaborations across traditional disciplines. Since 2006, he has collaborated with Thomas Pogge, a moral philosopher at Yale University and Aidan Hollis, a health economist, at the University of Calgary, to develop and test the Health Impact Fund, a new proposal for incentivising and rewarding pharmaceutical companies in order to improve global access to innovative medicines. Briefly, the Health Impact Fund would be underwritten by governments and would reward companies based on the global health impact of their products. As a co-investigator in a project grant from the European Research Council, Ami is testing the feasibility of health impact assessment of new drugs using big data. 

(ii) Crossing diseases 
Although cardiovascular disease is Ami's area of expertise, he is interested in approaches which can be used across diseases in research and clinical practice. He is currently considering adherence to simple drugs (e.g. aspirin, beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and statins) in acute cardiovascular disease in order to understand the scale of non-adherence in the UK. These data will improve the modelling and calculation of the “real world” impact of drugs in UK clinical practice.  

(iii) Crossing countries   
Non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular disease, pose a threat in the UK and globally. As a member of the World Heart Federation’s (WHF) Emerging Leaders Programme, Ami is part of an ambitious network of 25 early-career cardiovascular researchers who are contributing to the WHF’s aim of reducing premature global cardiovascular mortality by 25% by 2025 (the “25 by 25” initiative). As an expert advisor to the Global Burden of Disease Study, he is also involved in global CVD surveillance which will inform future health policy. 

Teaching Summary
Ami has taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level in a wide range of courses (MBBCh, BDS, BMedSci in International Health, MSc Public Health) and subjects from cardiovascular pharmacology and epidemiology to global burden of diseases and access to medicines. 

At the Farr Institute, Ami contributes to taught courses and supervision of postgraduate students in clinical epidemiology, global health, biostatistics and evidence-based medicine. Public engagement in science is also an important area of his work.

Appointments
17-AUG-2015 Senior Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Data Science Institute of Health Informatics Research University College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2014 – 01-JAN-2019 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow School of Health University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
31-MAR-2011 – 16-AUG-2015 Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2010 – 31-MAR-2011 Cardiology Specialist Trainee Department of Cardiology Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2007 – 01-SEP-2010 Clinical Research Fellow Stroke Prevention Research Unit University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 PGCert Postgraduate Certificate – Academic Practice University of Birmingham
2010 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University of Oxford
2007 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
2005 MPH Master of Public Health – Public Health Harvard University
2002 MB BCh Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University of Oxford
1999 MA Oxon MA Oxon – Physiological Science University of Oxford
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