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Dr Laura Shallcross
222 Euston Road
Tel: 0203 549 5540
  • Consultant in Public Health Medicine
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Laura studied medicine at Oxford University and Guy's, King's and St Thomas's Medical School. She subsequently combined training in Public Health Medicine with a 4 year MRC pre-doctoral fellowship from the MRC which funded her MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and PhD at UCL, supervised by Professor Dame Anne Johnson and Professor Andrew Hayward. 

Following on from her PhD she was appointed as NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Public Health and joined the Institute of Health Informatics in 2014.  Laura was awarded a 5 year Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2016 to undertake research to develop novel risk prediction strategies to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract infection syndromes in hospital.

Research Groups
Research Summary

Laura leads a research group which uses electronic health records to investigate the diagnosis and management of infection and antimicrobial resistance, with the overarching goal to develop interventions to improve antibiotic use in healthcare settings. 

Laura is a firm believer in the "team science" approach to research and collaborates widely with colleagues across a range of disciplines. Through her NIHR Clinician Scientist award she works with colleagues in informatics and microbiology at University Hospital Birmingham, and with Professor Noursadeghi's group (UCL Infection & Immunity) on the evaluation of novel diagnostic strategies for bacterial infection.

Laura leads work-package 1 (data science) of PASS (Preserving Antibiotics through Safe Stewardship), an ESRC funded programme grant which aims to develop antimicrobial stewardship interventions tailored to a range of healthcare settings.  Through PASS, Laura collaborates with behavioural scientists (UCL Centre for Behaviour Change), ethnographers (University of Leicester) and designers (Helen Hamlyn CEntre for Design).for bacterial

Teaching Summary
 Laura lectures on the IHI MSc module: Principles of Epidemiology Applied to Electronic Health Records and the EPH BSc Module: Genomics, Medicine and Society.  She is also course lead for the IHI annual short course "Answering Clinical Research Using Electronic Health Records and supervises a number of PhD students.
Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology University of London
2009 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2003 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery University of London
1999 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Physiological Science University of Oxford
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