Professor Ian DOUGLAS
BSc MSc PhD
I am a pharmacoepidemiologist and previouly studied physiology and completed a PhD in Manchester. Since then I have spent several years at the UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and in the pharmaceutcial industry investigating adverse effects of drugs - both in clinical trials and post-marketing. I completed the MSc in epidemiology at LSHTM in 2005.
I am Programme Director for the MSc in Epidemiology. I teach on the MSc as well as the LSHTM short courses in pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance.
I'm interested in pharmacoepidemiology, and in particular, how we can use large linked electronic healthcare record databases to investigate the effects of drugs - both harmful and beneficial. I am exploring methodologies to minimise some of the biases inherent in the research of drug effects, and my main current areas of interest are case-only approaches to study design and how we can determine whether routine care data can be used to estimate the intended effects of medications.