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Prof Edward Fottrell
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  • Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

Professor Fottrell is Professor of Epidemiology & Global Health at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-communicable Diseases.With training in medical science, public health and epidemiology, Ed is experienced in community health measurement, intervention development and evaluation in Africa and Asia. He has a history of research into maternal,neonatal and child health, non-communicable diseases, community interventions,and mHealth. Ed is a member of the WHO Verbal Autopsy Reference Group and has published extensively on verbal autopsy methods for understanding causes of death, with particular focus on developing, applying and evaluating the InterVA method.

Prof. Fottrell is Principal Investigator(PI) of the CARE Diabetes project, an interdisciplinary project seeking to understand contextual drivers and consequences of diabetesin urban Ghana, and design intervention strategies to prevent and control thedisease in this context. This work is closely linked to the GACD/MRC-funded DMagic and D:Clare projects - implementation science and cluster randomised trials to address diabetes in Bangladesh, which Ed also leads. Based on the interventions developed as part of the DMagic and D:Clare projects, Ed is currently running an intervention development programme to adapt community interventions to prevent childhood injuries in rural Bangladesh. Building on his work in diabetes, and in collaboration with partners in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the University of York, Ed is also a co-investigator of the DiaDem project – a trial of behavioural activation intervention to improve mental and physical health outcomes among people living with diabetes and depression.  Ed is also co-PI of a study with the University of the Witwatersrand to investigate self-monitoring of health among individuals living with two or more chronic health conditions (multimorbidity) in rural South Africa. 


Teaching Summary

Ed leads teaching in research methods and evidence in global health for UCL MSc Global Health and Development students and supervises several PhD students on a wide range of global health topics.

Academic Background
2008   Doctor of Philosophy Umea Universitet
2004   Master of Public Health University of Nottingham
2002   Bachelor of Science University of Leeds
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