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Dr Ania Zylbersztejn
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  • Research Fellow
  • Population, Policy & Practice Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I completed a PhD in epidemiology at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, in collaboration with the Centre for Health Equity Studies at Stockholm University. I used routinely collected health records to develop national birth cohorts in England and in Sweden, to determine why child mortality is nearly two times higher in England than in Sweden. Prior to the PhD, I studied MORSE at University of Warwick and I hold MSc in Medical Statistics from University of Leicester. My research interests include international comparisons child health, epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus, and health of children with learning disabilities and complex health needs.

Research Summary

My work focuses on use of administrative health records (e.g.: primary and secondary care records, birth and death certificates) to study health outcomes of children and their families. My current research project uses data from primary and secondary care to explore mental and physical health of children with learning disability or autism, their mothers and siblings (as part of the long-term conditions theme of the NIHR Children's Policy Research Unit, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/children-policy-research).

I am interested in international comparisons of child health outcomes. In my PhD, I compared mortality in children aged less than 5 years old in England and Sweden. I developed national birth cohorts from administrative health records in the two countries to determine the contribution of birth characteristics and socio-economic factors to excess child mortality in England relative to Sweden. I also explored intercountry differences in mortality due to potentially preventable causes and I was involved in a project comparing recording of congenital anomalies in hospital records in England and Scotland.

My recent work focussed on epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections in children. I carried out the first community-based serological survey of RSV in the UK using linked serological samples, questionnaire data and administrative health records from the Born in Bradford cohort study. I also used routinely collected hospital records linked to pharmacy dispensing records to explore patterns of prescribing of palivizumab, a passive immunotherapy available to infants at high risk of severe infection, in English hospitals.

Academic Background
2018   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2014   Master of Science University of Leicester
2013   Bachelor of Science and Master of Science University of Warwick
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