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Dr Edward Fottrell
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

Dr Edward Fottrell is an epidemiologist with expertise in maternal and neonatal health, health measurement, intervention research and population surveillance data processes. With a background in biomedical sciences, a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology, much of Ed’s research focusses on the challenges of measuring mortality and morbidity needed for public health monitoring, evaluation and planning in resource-poor settings. Ed has provided technical oversight for a cluster randomised controlled trial of maternal and child health interventions in Bangladesh, has experience of working in several Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in Africa, and supports projects in several resource-poor countries, including India, Nepal and Malawi.

With a particular interest in cause-of-death ascertainment using verbal autopsy, Ed has been involved in the development, refinement and evaluation of the InterVA method for over ten years and is a Global Affiliate of the WHO Collaboration Centre for Verbal Autopsy at Umeå University in Sweden. In collaboration with WHO, he has contributed to international verbal autopsy guidelines and mortality surveys in Ethiopia and Somaliland. Within this area, and building on his experience in applying handheld technology for direct data capture and data processing in health surveys in resource-poor settings, Ed leads a project to develop a mobile implementation of the WHO verbal autopsy standards with InterVA, creating the ‘MIVA’ app which is being applied in a number of resource-poor settings.

Ed leads the Population Health and Health Systems Theme within the Institute for Global Health and chairs the steering committee for a symposium on the impact of mHealth interventions in low-and middle-income countries, to be held in London in January 2015. Ed is also Chair of the UCL-wide Populations & Lifelong Health Domain’s Early Careers Network.

Teaching Summary

Ed teaches and supervises masters and undergraduate students in quantitative research methods, perinatal epidemiology and global health. 

Academic Background
2008 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology Umea Universitet
2004 MPH Master of Public Health – Public Health University of Nottingham
2002 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Medical Sciences University of Leeds
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