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Dr Francesca Solmi
6th Floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Epidemiology & Applied Clinical Research
  • 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   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2010   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2008   Master of Arts Johns Hopkins University
2006   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Sussex
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