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Dr Francesca Solmi
6th Floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7NF
Appointment
  • Wellcome Trust Research Fellow
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

My research broadly focuses on studying the risk factors for the development of eating disorders across the life-span. 

As part of my Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship I am studying whether inflammation - conceptualisd as exposure to prenatal and childhood infections, high genetic risk, autoimmunity - increases a person's risk of developing eating disorders. To do this, I use large general population datasets, including both biological and environmental data, and causal inference methods. 

I am also interested in studying inequalities in access to services and evaluating the effectiveness of current treatments for eating disorders using electronic medical records. 


Teaching Summary

I teach on the following MSc programmes offered by UCL

  • MSc in Mental Health Sciences (UCL Division of Psychiatry): Core research methods module; Epidemiology module, Statistics module (as a teaching assistant)
  • MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (UCL, Institute of Child Health); Epidemiological research methods in child & adolescent mental health

I welcome inquiries about PhD and MSc projects. 


Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University College London
2010 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2008 MA Master of Arts – International Relations Johns Hopkins University
2006 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – International Relations University of Sussex
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